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Old 03-24-2013, 12:27 AM   #1
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I brewed a Fat Tire extract batch today and added an ABV booster. That would raise the SG wouldn't it? It said SG should be 1.051, but I got 1.060.
Is it because of the extra sugar?

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Old 03-24-2013, 12:32 AM   #2
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Yes that is because the booster adds fermentables. I am not familiar with boosters but would suggest altering a recipe or getting a kit that is designed for a higher ABV. The result of just adding something is usually to thin out or dry out the beer. It will change the beer from what it was intended to be.

 
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Wonder why it was included as an option, then?
Since it will change the flavor of the recipe...

 
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:19 AM   #4
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:36 AM   #6
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Wonder why it was included as an option, then?
Since it will change the flavor of the recipe...
A booster is usually a mixture of sugar and Malto-dextrin. It is flavorless, and will not thin out the beer. It's fermentability is similar to extract. It is actually a pretty good product for increasing the abv with minimal impact on the balance of the base beer.

 
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:15 PM   #7
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Thanks, good to know...

 
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