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Old 11-22-2012, 03:25 AM   #1
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I'm brewing an Irish Red Ale, similar to a Killians, Krausen hasn't dropped all the way yet, but I tasted a small sample to see the progress and there is no flavor of alcohol. OG was 1.030 and not it's about 1.017. Is it on the right track or is the end result going to taste like this? Airlock activity is low but I'm hoping I'm just getting nervous and over reacting.


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Old 11-22-2012, 03:27 AM   #2
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That is a pretty low OG. At this point I would not be surprised to find little alcohol flavor, nor would I be even at terminal gravity.


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Old 11-22-2012, 03:29 AM   #3
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It smells VERY alcohol rich, but the sample just tastes like beer but no bite from the alcohol. I guess wait till the Krausen falls?
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I wouldn't taste it until it's absolutely DONE fermenting. Even then, I'd give it an extra week (or two) before tasting it. It will be rather different once it's carbonated, compared with not carbonated. Since it's only dropped 12 gravity points It doesn't even have 2% alcohol in there. What is the estimated FG on the batch? IMO, this is going to be a very low ABV brew. Even if it finishes at about 1.004, you'll only have 3.5% ABV. If you were expecting more, then you should have brewed something stronger.
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And the recipe states TG is 1.005 and ABV is 4.5%
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I'm not looking for a super high ABV, just a right amount for that robust flavor I get from the usual red ales I buy.
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It smells VERY alcohol rich, but the sample just tastes like beer but no bite from the alcohol. I guess wait till the Krausen falls?
Don't believe that for a nanosecond. Either your nose is hyper sensitive, or you're smelling something else there.

BTW, OG of 1.030 to FG of 1.005 will give you 3.3% ABV. Use this site to help figure out the ABV from gravity readings/numbers.
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Even with like 80% attenuation a beer with an OG of 30 is going to come in at less than 4% ABV. I wouldn't anticipate any alcohol "bite" to it.
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I'm not looking for a super high ABV, just a right amount for that robust flavor I get from the usual red ales I buy.
Robust flavor, and low FG typically do not mix. Low FG typically equates to very thin body.

Where did you get the recipe from? Was this a kit??
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Even with like 80% attenuation a beer with an OG of 30 is going to come in at less than 4% ABV. I wouldn't anticipate any alcohol "bite" to it.
Unless you top off the pint with a shot of vodka.


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