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Old 09-11-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Original and final gravities

M fairly new to brewing I just did my first partial mash. My question is how do I control the gravitates of my beers to make them stronger. What would I have to do to get a higher original and and a lower final in my brews. Any help is appreciated thanks.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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In general, more fermentables means a higher OG and more alcohol by volume (ABV). You can use more extract or more base grains to get a higher OG.
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Yooper is right, you can also add corn sugar to boost up the OG, too much though can dry out the finish of the beer
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Replacing some of your grain or extract with sugar (or honey, maple syrup, other mostly-made-of-sugar foodstuffs) will tend to give your beer lower FG than an all-grain brew that started at the same OG. The same is true of mashing at a lower temperature. But, like Pickledout said, this will leave you with a thinner, drier beer -- the same unfermented sugars that give you FG points also give you sweetness and mouthfeel.
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Choosing a more attenuative yeast can also help you bring down your FG (e.g., using WLP007 in place of WLP002).
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