Originally Posted by brazedowl
So my friends and I are going to get some kits and try our first batches next month. We were wondering if it would be possible to kick up the ABV on the kits. Most of them are rated at 5.0-5.5%. We aren't talking anything crazy, maybe up to 6.5 or 7.0.
I make wine and if I wanted to up the abv I would just add sugar to increase the OG. Can you do that with beer without destroying the flavor or knocking the recipe out of whack? Is there an upper limit to how much you can increase the ABV before the flavor begins to deteriorate?
Google two things - dogfish 120 clone, tactical nuclear penguin.
I realize your shooting for 6% and not 40, but hear give you an idea of how complicated bigger beers can get.
For what you're going for, the best advice has already been given - go with a high alcohol style ale kit, like a Belgian strong/triple.
Before you do that though, you may want to do a few basic kits. From what I understand beer is a heck of a lot easier to infect than wine. You probably want to get your process down before blowing $50-60 on a high ABV kit.