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new to home brewing
« on: October 10, 2011, 08:03:33 pm »
Hi peeps i am new to home brewing and have been looking at a pills brewing kit,the alcohol content seems a bit low what can i do to pep it up a bit?  :)


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Re: new to home brewing
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2011, 09:31:40 pm »
I'm no expert but a bit more sugar / maltose / spray malt / liquid malt extract will increase the ABV, but don't go mad or you'll end up with something undrinkable. The kits will have been produced for a balanced flavour for the hops / barley / flavourings they are based on, so you'll upset that by just lumping in more sugar.

Fermentation is the yeast converting sugar to alcohol, but brewers yeast can only withstand around 5% ABV until yeast cells are killed off thus preventing further fermentation, so that's your logical limit.

HTH, happy brewing. We just put 36 pints of bitter to ferment tonight.  :thumbsup:



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Re: new to home brewing
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2011, 09:39:57 pm »
mmm yummy, i need to get cracking ready for christmas,i might need a trail run... :) :) :)


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Re: new to home brewing
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 10:26:58 am »
Hello, I'm new to brewing too but had a go at "all grain" on the weekend. So far its looking good.
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Re: new to home brewing
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 11:31:02 am »
If you are looking at doing kit beers to start with (and they are a good way to get your hand in) I would avoid lager kits like the plague. Go for mild ale and bitter kits - they generally imo give a much better results.
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Re: new to home brewing
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 12:35:34 pm »
Just caught this topic - JUST what I needed to know!  OH likes beer, but says kits are horrible (based on about 20 years ago prob!!!  I may try the whole grain thing, but also any recomendations of tasty kits?


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Re: new to home brewing
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 12:55:09 pm »
We've just decided to try our hand at beer. Have put a batch of Finlandia on. Will let you know!

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