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Old 05-22-2008, 08:39 PM   #1
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this is an APA i'm tinkering w/ on that program Beer Tools.

for arrogance, i'd like to bump my alcohol content up just a bit to the higher end of acceptable for an APA.

also, is the bitterness a bit too much and if so, what can be done to lower it some???

Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: WLP001
Yeast Starter: NO
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: No
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.0
Original Gravity: 1.045
Final Gravity: 1.010
IBU: 45.6
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 13.45
Alcohol: 4.5%

Ingredients:
6# Alexander's Pale Liquid
1# Crystal Malt (60L) Steeping Grains
0.5oz Chinook 13% AA x 60 min
1 oz Centennial 10% AA x 20 min
1 oz Cascade 5.5% AA x 15 min


thanks for your help, Gator

 
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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If you want to increase the abv a bit, add a little more extract. Your IBUs are on the higher end of the spectrum for the style, but still within the style limits. If you want to decrease the bitterness, just use less hops.
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:51 PM   #3
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THANKS.

that did it.

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Old 05-23-2008, 12:30 PM   #4
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You could always use this product from Austin Homebrew for increased alcohol. I have used it a few times and it has worked great. Hasn't effected taste and had any effect on the body. Adds about 1% ABV.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=10137

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Old 05-23-2008, 01:15 PM   #5
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I'd recommend adding one or two pounds of dried malt extract. It will give you a higher alcohol but will retain maltiness. That is unless you want to make the beer thinner then you could add the alcohol boost, corn sugar, or I recommend honey. Honey doesn't make the beer cidery tasting.
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Old 05-23-2008, 04:47 PM   #6
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May not be exactly to style, but I added 1 # of belgain candy sugar to a low ABV Cream ale and it was nice. You can make your own (look for inverted sugar) or buy it. It adds a point or so, and also gives a nice lacey head on the tail end. An added bonus.

 
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:31 PM   #7
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In my experience the Alcohol boost doesn't take away from the body at all. It definitely has no added tastes either.

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