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Old 02-21-2006, 10:33 PM   #1
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Is there a special way to up the alcohol content? It would probably make the beer taste strange though.. right? yeah probably...


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Old 02-21-2006, 10:39 PM   #2
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if you want to increase alcohol %, then add more fermentables during the boil. Adding some extra light DME will boost alcohol without any off flavors that some sugars might add. What ranges are you looking to reach?


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Old 02-21-2006, 10:44 PM   #3
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It seems a lot of extract kits (which is what i have to use at the moment) are at 5% and I would like to get it up to about 7%.. nothing too crazy.. maybe a little less.

Since I am using extracts I could just order some DME with that, is there anything special I need to do?
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Well you need to make sure you add some hops to balance any extra DME so it tastes good as well as being strong.

Find a recipe for a good strong IPA and try that.
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Dont go to crazy with the DME either. Or else you wont be able to keep bottle caps or or the bottoms from blowing out.
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Except, if you ferment properly, then it'll be fine. I don't understand the above post.
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Add honey to your batches will completely ferment out boosting your alcohol content with out leaving any odd flavors. The major downside is that honey can be expensive. Check out this link:

http://www.byo.com/feature/924.html
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Add honey to your batches will completely ferment out boosting your alcohol content with out leaving any odd flavors. The major downside is that honey can be expensive. Check out this link:

http://www.byo.com/feature/924.html
And it will keep your finished beer lighter and dryer.
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Dump in some Makers Mark That probably wouldn't do much for the taste of your beer, but it would sure raise the alcohol level!
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My next brew will be a Nut Brown Extract (w/ steeping grains). I was thinking of adding a bit of honey to boost the alcohol. Any suggestions on how much I should add. What other effects will this have? I know the sweetness be nixed in the boil and I figure it may cut some of the hops flavor. Any other thoughts?

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