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Old 08-28-2012, 05:00 AM   #1
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My last 3 or 4 brews I decided to up the grain bill to between 12 and 14 lbs. That gets me between 1.060 and 1.070. Three pints and everybody is happy!

Am I the only one that likes to brew higher gravity beers?

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:05 AM   #2
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As much as I enjoy the complexity that can come with an aged high gravity beer, I enjoy the freshness and repeatability of session beers as well. Luckily I can brew both!

Having said that, my last two brews were 1.080 and 1.072.

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:11 AM   #3
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Anybody here like big beers?

Anybody here like hops?


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Old 08-28-2012, 05:19 AM   #4
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I enjoy a High ABV recipe now and then (2-3 batches a year), and I used to brew/drink them much more. However, I quickly found out that the higher the ABV, the fewer bottles my friends and I drink. So, at the rate I like to brew, and the rate my friends will drink lower ABV beers, sessions are the way to go. I've now developed quite the taste for them (at home and at the bar). Something about having fewer carboys/bottles tied up for aging/carbing, as well as being able to drive home at the end of the night
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:25 AM   #5
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Am I the only one that likes to brew higher gravity beers?
Yeah, I think so.



Light-hearted sarcasm aside, I think I'm the only one of my friends who likes to brew low gravity session beers. It's a totally different challenge, but a fun one -- making something that's got lots of body and flavor (or the right amount, anyway) in a "small" ABV package.

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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I always boost my scotch ale & porter kits with extra malt and/or DME. I've been boosting my graff with extra malt and/or LME and/or FAJC. I like my brews right about 8% ABV, but my last graff was 9.2% ABV. I like the alcohol in my brews to kind of sneak up on ya.
Regards, GF.

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:11 AM   #7
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i like to get really drunk, so i just throw 10 pounds of sugar in every batch

 
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:47 PM   #8
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I brewed a nice bock and slipped a couple of pounds of honey in it. I know everyone says honey makes it dry and nasty, but it came out really good. OG of 1.092 It is a very bold beer and has a coffee taste to it. Drink one and quite a buzz. A buddy of mine calls it sleepy time..LOL

 
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:41 PM   #9
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I've been brewing higher gravity beers lately but am gonna start doing more sessions. Fact is, I need to brew more and the lower gravity beers, the more I can drink.
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:32 AM   #10
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What a quandry! Do I actually say "Session beers are for pussies"? Or do I just leave things alone & not say anything at all?
HHHHHHhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm...

I guess this is where I say "oh $hit, here it comes!"
Regards, GF.

EDIT: Goddamn I like rum!

 
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