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Old 01-23-2009, 05:40 PM   #1
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Hi again

The Coopers kit I buy makes beer at about 5.25% alcohol. I'd prefer around 4%.

The kit is one can of extract, one kg of dextrose, yeast and 23L of water. (Edit: oops, water added UP to 23L)

Shall I add more water or less sugar and how much (more or less)...

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Old 01-23-2009, 05:42 PM   #2
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If you use half the dextrose, you should lose about 1% of your ABV.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:51 PM   #3
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Thanks I'll do that.

It tastes delicious but four 750ml bottles kicks my butt a little too efficiently.
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Hi again

The Coopers kit I buy makes beer at about 5.25% alcohol. I'd prefer around 4%.

The kit is one can of extract, one kg of dextrose, yeast and 23L of water.

Shall I add more water or less sugar and how much (more or less)...

Ta
This is the first time I have ever heard of this problem
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:03 PM   #5
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Thanks I'll do that.

It tastes delicious but four 750ml bottles kicks my butt a little too efficiently.
You want less drunk, don't drink 4 750ml bottles! How's your stomach hold all that.
Or am I mistaking? that's 4 wine bottles right?
Yes, That's the equivelant to 8.45 12oz beers. You should be drunk after that!
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:09 PM   #6
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Don't drink four bottles? Are you crazy?

Yes, wine bottle size... basically three litres... doesn't seem like a lot while I'm drinking it... I enjoy drinking, especially in the afternoons on a lovely sunny day (it's summer here) but I'm finding I'm all pooped out by sevenish in the evening on this home brew.

A lower alcohol percentage seems like a good solution to me.

Edit: I'm used to drinking 10 440ml cans of 4% beer.

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Well, sugar reduction as someone said, or a different style. English milds and ordinary bitters are fairly low abv
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It ought to taste a lot better with half the sugar also......win win!
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Don't drink four bottles? Are you crazy?

Yes, wine bottle size... basically three litres... doesn't seem like a lot while I'm drinking it... I enjoy drinking, especially in the afternoons on a lovely sunny day (it's summer here) but I'm finding I'm all pooped out by sevenish in the evening on this home brew.

A lower alcohol percentage seems like a good solution to me.

Edit: I'm used to drinking 10 440ml cans of 4% beer.
Well holy crap, maybe get a day job if you're drinking that much. But seriously lessen the sugar for less alcohol or add more water either way. Adding more water will give you a weaker flavor but will give you more quantity, and it looks like quantity is king for you

You usually drink 12.39 12oz beers at 4%? Does this usually give you a buzz? Is this also homebrew? Are you sure you're calculating ABV correctly? Or are you a very large person? Not trying to be mean, this is just blowing me away.
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