are their any guidelines for adding whiskey to increase gravity?

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are their any guidelines for adding whiskey to increase gravity?

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Here's my quick math...

- 5 gal = 640 oz, and 1% of 640 is 64oz.
- So I need to add 64oz of alcohol to raise the alcohol 1%
- Whiskey is 80% alcohol. 64oz divided by .8 is 85. So I need to add 85oz of whiskey to raise 5 gal by 1% alcohol.

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Ok, bad math... Revised below

make sense?

- 5 gal = 640 oz, and 1% of 640 is 64oz.
- So I need to add 64oz of alcohol to raise the alcohol 1%
- Whiskey is 80% alcohol. 64oz divided by .8 is 85. So I need to add 85oz of whiskey to raise 5 gal by 1% alcohol.

* 5 gal = 640 oz, and 1% of 640 is 6.4oz.

* So I need to add 6.4oz of alcohol to raise the alcohol 1%

* Whiskey is 80 proof or 40% alcohol. 6.4oz divided by .4 is 16. So I need to add 16oz of whiskey to raise 5 gal by 1% alcohol.

The goal should be to create a beer that tastes good, not one that 8% alcohol.

It is too late to work out numbers, but yes, 16 ozs of 80 proof alcohol will get you roughly 1%. You also need to factor in the volume increase, but that is minimal.

It may be a wonderful beer, but I'm not sure I would mix a Belgian with Whiskey.

How much whiskey? Keep pouring, I’ll tell you when...

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Your right, I'm adding it for flavor. Because I stopped fermentation too early, the alcohol / residual sugar balance was way off.

The goal should be to create a beer that tastes good, not one that 8% alcohol.

It is too late to work out numbers, but yes, 16 ozs of 80 proof alcohol will get you roughly 1%. You also need to factor in the volume increase, but that is minimal.

It may be a wonderful beer, but I'm not sure I would mix a Belgian with Whiskey.

I've been experimenting with alcohol addatives and Jack Daniels works really well with my dark strong Belgian ale.

I wanted the calculation as a guide, but I'll start adding it slowly to taste.

no ,64 is 10% of 640 ... your answer should be 6.4

make sense?

- 5 gal = 640 oz, and 1% of 640 is 64oz.
- So I need to add 64oz of alcohol to raise the alcohol 1%
- Whiskey is 80% alcohol. 64oz divided by .8 is 85. So I need to add 85oz of whiskey to raise 5 gal by 1% alcohol.