Pump that ABV

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Pump that ABV

Postby Chris2012 » Sunday Oct 07, 2012 8:26 pm

So I've just started all grain BIAB. Most recipes I've seen create beers around 4.5 % - 5.5 %. What would be the easiest way to increase ABV without changing the consistency of the brew? I was thinking of dumping a kilo of dextrose... I know this might make it dry. Would mashing a degree or two higher combat this ?
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Re: Pump that ABV

Postby Bum » Monday Oct 08, 2012 6:37 am

Yep but it'll be hard to get the body exactly the same for the first few attempts.

More grain will get the job done too.

Watch your IBUs.

In any case it is going to be difficult to stop it from affecting the "consistency" of your yours brews.
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Re: Pump that ABV

Postby big dave » Monday Oct 08, 2012 10:08 am

Thinking off the top of my head.... Higher ABV means you will need to either

1. increase your OG - bigger grain bill or boil off more volume, or both
2. make your percentage of fermentables higher - mashing at a lower temp, adding in simple sugars like dextrose or maybe adding in some maize or rice to the mash
3. increase utilisation of fermentables - hungrier (higher attenuating) yeast, or perhaps using a dry enzyme

Whatever you do, it will change the nature of the end product. Not necessarily for the worse.
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