Originally Posted by allanyork
What will the abv be? The kit says it should end at 1.010 to 1.008. If I wanted to strengthen it abit could I add sugar to the secondary when I rack it?
ABV = (OG - FG) * 131
Could you add sugar to the secondary to strengthen it? Yes, that is technically feasible. Adding sugar will increase the ABV, but it will also alter the body and flavor of the beer. I probably would not add any sugar, but you're the brewer. I just think it's important for you to taste your first beer as is, so you can learn from it. If the beer comes out tasting thin, or has a odd flavor, it'll be more difficult to pinpoint the cause of that flavor since you've added additional variables. My thoughts, enjoy your first beer and once you're a little more experienced with recipe design, fermentation, etc., then play around. Just my thoughts.