Boosting alcohol? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Boosting alcohol?

Thread Tools
Old 08-23-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
Aug 2012
Posts: 30
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

I am a novice to brewing beer and have found my home pints lack the kick of alcohol compared to the pints I get from my local.
What is the easiest way to boost the alcohol. Can I empty my wort after fermentation into another bucket and re-pitch a new batch of yeast, adding some sugar, or is that not the way.
I'm brewing head cracker at the moment hoping this will have a little more kick.
I've experimented by adding 2 tins of wort instead of the 1 but it ended up too strong in taste and I ended up dumping it down the drain.

Advice would be appreciated.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 10:40 PM   #2
Jul 2011
Glenview, IL
Posts: 6,368
Liked 508 Times on 470 Posts

Beer is all about balance which you've already discovered. If you are buying kits then buy kits that are giving you what you want as they are already designed to be balanced. If you want to tinker with a lower alcohol kit then you need to add mor sugars in the form of LME/DME but then you also need to add hops to balance out the sweetness you've introduced.

Pitching more yeast does not raise the ABV
Nothing Left to do but smile and drink beer.....

The Commune Brewing Company-Perfecting the "art" of beer since 2010

Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 11:18 PM   #3
Jan 2012
Key West, Florida
Posts: 6,243
Liked 766 Times on 591 Posts

+1 to that... Its like algebra, whatever you do to one said you have to do to the other. Even super hoppy or malty beers have a certain balance.
EAC - 5/2/14

Growing Hops in Key West, FL....

Primary : Irish Red
Primary : Pomegranate Berliner
Primary : IPA
On Tap : Sour IPA, Bourbon Chocolate RIS, Helles Lager, Best Bitter
On Deck : Blueberry Espresso Brown Porter, Blood Orange Wit, Imperial Session IPA

*Member: The HBT Sweaty Fat Guys Cigar club

Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
Registered User
Jul 2009
Keller, Texas
Posts: 4,882
Liked 254 Times on 196 Posts

Add vodka.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 11:54 PM   #5
Feb 2012
Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 28
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

AHS has something called a BrewVint alcohol boost that is 55% maltose, 45% glucose that should add 1% ABV without altering flavor. I've used in two kits from them. Blue Moon knockoff tasted great. Fire Rock is the other but that's fermenting.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Forum Jump