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In either beer or wine, what's the highest you've gone?

I recently made a pear and raisin wine that finished at 18% its awful to drink.
 

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A few years back I made a tripel that came in at 9%. Just recently, I made a Blue Berry Wheat that came in at 7.5%. These higher abv beers need a lot of time to mature & smooth out.
 

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13% in a quad and a mead, both are 13 something, but I've never intended to go higher, but maybe in a close future I will try to go for a big IS, something around 16

Btw, the quad doesn't taste alcoholic at all, thats why I feel I can apply the same methods to a 16% beer
 

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A braggot that ended up just shy of 17%. Finished too sweet for me, since I was aiming for 18+. Still got good remarks in competition and from people I shared it with..
 

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I did what I called an Irish imperial stout that was just under 13%. it was really good but I like to drink more than a 9 oz pour when I drink so it lasted for.ev.er so I had to give the rest of it away. Hindsight I should have bottled a beer that big instead of it tying up a key for a year.
 

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I've gotten more than one Belgian Triple recipes that started at 1.110 down to 1.004 FG using two packs of MJ M-41.
I use the formula (OG-FG) X 131.25 but I believe it's not accurate for high ABV beers.
I can say that compared to a verified 11% ABV beer, the HB mentioned leaves you cross-eyed a lot faster.
 

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Coincidentally I was relating my one and only barley wine stats in another thread, but fwiw: cumulative og of 1.150, fg of 1.036, ~15% abv and ~74% attenuation, courtesy of a massive wlp090 pitch and a lot of patience...

Cheers!
 

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I had a mead where I got too busy to keep the nutrients right and the yeast got stressed and the 18% beverage was terrible to drink.
I actually preferred the sparkling 8% mead that stalled at 1.03 I had made previously....so sweet, but at least no headache...
 

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I've gotten more than one Belgian Triple recipes that started at 1.110 down to 1.004 FG using two packs of MJ M-41.
I use the formula (OG-FG) X 131.25 but I believe it's not accurate for high ABV beers.
I can say that compared to a verified 11% ABV beer, the HB mentioned leaves you cross-eyed a lot faster.
Brewersfriend has an alternate formula for high abv beers that's supposed to be more accurate. For that abv at the old-school method, the new formula probably puts you closer to 13 percent 😮
 

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I feel so unadventurous. My highest was around 9.5 and even then I kind of regretted it. Would love to get some cellaring space and do a big oaked Barleywine in the summer and then bottle condition and store for 6 months.
 

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Bourbon Stout - 15.5% and it had too strong an alcohol taste. Got another one fermenting now, but I'm targeting 12-14%. I make these in 2.5 gal batches.
 

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The triple I brew once a year(usually it's my birthday, yes I spend my birthday cleaning out mash tuns, I mean brewing) ranges between 9 and 13%. 13 is probably the highest I've brewed, and it's probably a mistake to only package this tripel in 750s, but hey it's gotta last all year right?
 

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I assume you heard about the "Strength in Numbers" offering that came in at 57.8%, can't imagine what that tastes like. I bet it's nasty, truth be told.

 

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13% in an imperial stout. It was dangerously easy-drinking. I kind of want to dig out that recipe again and make it even bigger.
 

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I did a couple freeze concentration projects with stout base, got up to 26.5% ABV.
 

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Brewersfriend has an alternate formula for high abv beers that's supposed to be more accurate. For that abv at the old-school method, the new formula probably puts you closer to 13 percent 😮
Just used that with my quad specs and apparently my 12'5 ABV is now 14'4 ABV which blows my mind because it barely tasted like alcohol when I thought it was 12'5, now if I put it in perspective, the alcohol taste is minimal for that ABV
 

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I routinely make meads that are in the 18+% range (OG 1.135+, FG 0.995) Good nutrition and temperature control make them perfectly drinkable within months.

I am just starting to make any that are less than that...
 

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Brewersfriend has an alternate formula for high abv beers that's supposed to be more accurate. For that abv at the old-school method, the new formula probably puts you closer to 13 percent
I got around to checking out the Brewer's Friend "alternate" calculation for high ABV you suggested (thanks) since that's where I brew. I got 15.33% ABV using the OG: 1.110 and FG: 1.004. I clicked in the "alternate" circle.
If you don't mind, how'd you get the 13% ABV for those numbers?
 

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I blew a .124 one time.

wait that's not just normal? i try to make sure i blow at least .1 all day long!


and as far as strongest "beer", caugh, caugh, sugar wash...never can beat turbo! i never really could get it bigget then 16% no mater what grandious claims they made though....

edit: maybe i should of tried it like sake and with some in and out....when the air lock stops blubbling add more into it....
 

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With beer ... a brew that was about 6.5%.
I made a honey wine once that got diluted down from about 14%. Holy crap, I couldn't drink it before or even after it aged for almost a year. Eventually it ended up as cooking wine.
 

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I got around to checking out the Brewer's Friend "alternate" calculation for high ABV you suggested (thanks) since that's where I brew. I got 15.33% ABV using the OG: 1.110 and FG: 1.004. I clicked in the "alternate" circle.
If you don't mind, how'd you get the 13% ABV for those numbers?
Oh it was a total guess based on your 11 percent with the older formula; I didn't plug it into any calculator
 

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Way back in the early brewing days I brewed a Belgian ale extract kit, subbed the yeast for a Belgian ale one and added a heap of brown sugar. I fermented it hot and at bottling it was 8.9%. Problem was I'd bottled it early and had to keep venting that caps so I guess my answer is who knows what it ended up at, it did cause some really crazy and vivid dreams.
 
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