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Old 08-10-2007, 03:07 PM   #1
Aug 2007
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I kegged my first brew two weeks ago with 80g of priming sugar to 5 gallons (this was the amount recommended in the Joy of Homebrewing - it said you should use less when kegging than bottling ??)

I calculated the alcohol content just before kegging at 3.6%. The kit says it should be around 4.5%. I left it to ferment for 2 weeks.

Does priming increase the alcohol content? I don't think it would make sense to take a hydrometer reading of the brew after kegging as the sugar content is different.

Does anyone know if the alcohol content increases significantly if using priming sugar?


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Old 08-10-2007, 03:15 PM   #2
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It should raise it, roughly, by 0.2%. So you can count on 3.8% final ABV.
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:37 PM   #3
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Evan's increases, but definitely not significantly.
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