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Old 12-02-2005, 05:03 PM   #1
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so heres whats going on, i have a batch of my 5 bite bitter that i added spices to for a christmas ale. its been in the primary for 3 weeks now(i know, i know, should have racked to the secondary) but, here's what i'm wondering. i just go candy sugar finally, can i boil up some water, add some candy sugar and pour this into the primary and maybe raise the ABV a little bit?? this ale only had 6 lbs of LME in it and i'd like some thing a little stronger. is this even possible? would i be messing the whole batch up by adding to it now? any ideas on this would be great. i know that if i do this i'll have to roust the yeast, not a big deal. i can do that.


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Old 12-02-2005, 06:32 PM   #2
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Even the pros make adjustments. I'd rack it to a secondary and make the addition. There should be enough yeast, even after three weeks.


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Old 12-03-2005, 12:10 AM   #3
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I agree. Rack it and make the addition...it's much better than using table sugar to increase the ABV...are you using belgian candy sugar?

 
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Old 12-04-2005, 04:55 PM   #4
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i'm using belgan candy sugar. i might have added a bit much, i don't know. the boxes are 500 grams, i'm not sure what that adds up to in pounds. i added 6 boxes. i boiled up water, added the candy sugar and boiled down to make a syrup. i'm using my carboy as my primary so i couldn't rack to a secondary. i poured in the syrup and then rousted my yeast a few times, now i've got a second fremintation going on, nice head on it and my yeast are happy. we'll see how it turns out.
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Old 12-04-2005, 05:02 PM   #5
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i'm using belgan candy sugar. i might have added a bit much, i don't know. the boxes are 500 grams, i'm not sure what that adds up to in pounds. i added 6 boxes.
You added 3 Kg (6.6 lb) of candy sugar? That's going to raise your abv by more than just a little bit.
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Old 12-04-2005, 05:05 PM   #6
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well, it is a spiced christmas ale!! how better to deal with the relatives then a few pints of good strong ale.
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Old 12-04-2005, 10:40 PM   #7
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You should be OK adding it to the primary, even at 3 weeks. Rock the primary around to get a good swirl going to mix up the yeast from the bottom. Won't have to worry about oxidation as long as there has bee time for co2 to build up before swirling.

What yeast are you using? You may or may not end up with a high FG.

BTW, what was your recipe?
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Old 12-04-2005, 10:46 PM   #9
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Old 12-04-2005, 11:21 PM   #10
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Those 500mg packages of candy sugar each come to 1.1 pounds.
So, looks like you added 6.6 pounds. If it's bubbling you must be using a sugar tolerant yeast that is up to the task.



 
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