Originally Posted by allanyork
Wish I would have known that sooner lol. I thought adding sugar would have increased it a lot. So I only added around what 1%?
well it will in 5 gallons add 1% per pound of sugar. if you added 1kg, it will add a bit over 2% per kg on 5 gallons/19L
As for how to do this with malt?
I probably would have replaced the sugar (especially if if was table sugar) with DME. 1 for 1. They have about the same sugar point DME is 44 to 46. Frankly I think I've seen ratings of sugar from 44 to 46, so I guess it depends on who was measuring. But 2 on 46 is only about 4% so good enough I figure.
Now a problem with adding DME is that it doesn't add the same ABV because Malt isn't 100% fermentable like sugar is, so although you'd add about 46pts per pound - about 9 points in 5 gallons (sorry doing that pound gallon thing) the fermentables are about 75 to 80% with Malt (depending on yeast attenuation. 75% is a good number to work with), so it will add slightly less than 1% per pound, although if you by it in kg and get 1 kg it should add about 2% - since as sugar it would have added over 2%.
I'm not sure on how bitterness balance woudl work out. you might need a little more hops to help balance, or might not.
For yoru original recipe, it was 1 can (1.5kg) LME and 1 kg of sugar. I'd have done the 1.5kg of LME and anodther 1 to 1.5KG of DME. But again that is just the malt. Although that seems to be what your recipe called for from what you said.
Another option, would be do do less water. with the can of LME - and only the can. Instead of 20L do say 12 to 15L or even 10L. This way you don't dilute the hoppiness. >or maybe not this idea I'm really just this writing faster than I'm evaluating<
Some basics for you - 8pt gravity change is about 1%abv (or close enough for simple calcs). Sugar and DME add 46 points per pound gallon (ie 1 lb in 1 gallon) LME adds about 36 (35 to 37) Honey(US) is about the same.
With this you can take your Extract/sugar/etc and figure out what the OG should about be. say within 1 or 2 points. So 5 lb of DME with 5 gallons should get an og of 5*46/5=230points/5 = 46! or with 6lb 6*46/5=276/5=55.
That can be a basis for figuring out alcohol content. But that doesn't help with balance of flavor. Balancing the sweet of the malt, the feel of the alcohol and the bitters of the hop are beyond this post.