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View Poll Results: What alcohol range do you brew most often?
3-4% <1.040 5 3.88%
4-5% <1.050 43 33.33%
5-6% <1.060 72 55.81%
6-7% <1.070 30 23.26%
7-8% <1.080 3 2.33%
+8% >1.080 5 3.88%
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:09 PM   #1
Matt Up North
Jul 2008
Santa Rosa, CA
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Pick Multiple option if you like.

I find myself doing around 4% most of the time. I like milds and am drinking them fairly rapidly. I have to admit, I am a cheap SOB too and anyway I can save $5 a brew, I like. Mostly I get about 1.040 OG
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:37 PM   #2
Jolly McStanson
Jan 2008
Newport RI
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Most of my beers dont taste that great, so I'm always trying to brew in the middle alcohol range. Ill do this until my beers start tasting better lol.

Id love to try a Belgian big beer soon. Id like to see how bad I can screw it up, lol. My motto is time fixes all wounds. So in other words my beers get good age. Sometimes I choke them down young and green however.

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Old 01-12-2009, 11:39 PM   #3
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Jan 2007
Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba
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I like beers around the 4% range too. I like to have several at a sitting without getting sloppy drunk.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:43 PM   #4
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Jan 2007
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i like the 5-6% range, though i have brewed a mild and stout that i'm drinking that that are 3-4% range

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Old 01-13-2009, 12:10 AM   #5
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Jul 2007
Cape Coral Florida
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I checked all from 1.040-1.070

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Old 01-13-2009, 12:18 AM   #6
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Feb 2008
Chico, CA
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5-6% is my range, typically right in the middle. It's high enough to feel it from one pint, but low enough to drink a few and not be trashed. I've brewed a few in the 4.5-4.8% range, but they were a bit thin-tasting to me. I guess I just like a lot of malt and a decent amount of hops in my beer. 5.5% just tastes perfect and works well into almost all recipes.

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Old 01-13-2009, 01:12 AM   #7
Apr 2008
Frederick, MD
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I want to brew 5.5-6% but I always end up in the 6-7% range. I guess I figure the higher alcohol the longer it lasts but I can't say for sure that's why I always choose the higher gravity side of brewing.

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Old 01-13-2009, 02:42 AM   #8
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Sep 2008
Lakeland TN
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High alcohol is easy and cheap. A pound of corn or table sugar is a buck or two, and kicks your ABV up about a point.

Doesn't do much for the taste and thins out the brew, though.

I aim for 5.5 to about 6%, but seem to have trouble hitting the mark.

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Old 01-13-2009, 05:57 AM   #9
Sep 2008
Salt Lake City, UT
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I like big beers and almost always brew over 6% and generally shoot for 7% and my next batch is going to be a Barleywine where i am shooting for 10.5%
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:04 AM   #10
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Oct 2007
Austin, Texas
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Me ... If I am going to brew.. I want a kick.

I brew APA's or Hefe's hell even my stout I have kicked up over time to reach the 5% mark..

I rather drink 2-3 and really feel it than drink 5-6
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