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Moonshae

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Is there a way to calculate the contribution to your gravity reading of other ingredients, such as ginger root? Is it as simple as looking at a carbohydrate listing for fresh ginger and calculating by amount from there?

On a similar but different note, is there a way to know (beyond tasting after the batch is ready) if these other ingredients can help to protect the flavor against the problems associated with too much added sugar?
 

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question 1: ginger root is not going to affect your gravity in a significant way. if you were adding something like fruit juice or nectar of some fruit/plant, then you might be able to find some info online...or, take a hydrometer reading of said liquid.

2. not really. I suggest never adding plain sugar/dextrose to any beer, unless the style calls for it (i.e. Beligan beers that use candi sugar, or limited use if things like brown sugar, which I'd keep around a half pound...definitely not more than 1 pound)
 

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In another thread, this site was posted. I just checked it out and looks like it might help you find what you are looking for. Sorry I cant remember who posted it, but thanks! :)

Anyway site is: http://www.beercalculus.com/

Good luck and happy brewing!
 
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