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I have an existing recipe for a Pale Ale that I made back in August that I liked very much and would like to try it again except I want to add some more fermentables to bring the OG up a little.


1 lb US carmel malt

1 lb US victory malt

6.6 lbs LME

1 oz cent

2 oz cascade

OG = 1.046

FG = 1.016

ABV= 3.9%


So what I'm thinking to either add/increase something to bring the OG up to say 1.054-1.058. If I were to take a shot in the dark I would say to increase both carmel and victory malts but I don't know how much. 1/4 lb each? More?


Any suggestions?

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Comment by Scott Murray on January 19, 2011 at 12:00am
Thanks Mike I really didnt think to do that at all. Just add in the last mins of boil?

Comment by Eivind Sandstrand on January 19, 2011 at 2:43am
Yup, I'd give it a good 15 minutes (because I'm OCD) but make sure you turn off the heat before your pour and stir it in.  You don't want it getting burnt on the bottom of your kettle (unless you're trying to make a Burnt Caramel Beer :)
Comment by Scott Murray on January 19, 2011 at 7:58am
Cool thanks guys I will add it in with the last part of my LME!
Comment by johnny b on January 20, 2011 at 4:57pm

Like Mike & Eivind said a lb. of corn sugar will assist in moving up your OG.

It may give you about 9 xtra points on 5 gals and should move you up to the 1054-1055 range.

Good Luck!


Comment by Bob Wright on January 22, 2011 at 10:01am
the other thing to think about is adjusting your hops up to match the new gravity.  Adding to the OG will change the balance of the finished beer (it will be less bitter than the original).  If you liked the balance of the original, take the bitterness to gravity ratio (IBU / OG).  Then, adjust the IBU of your new beer to maintain the same ratio based on the new predicted OG.
Comment by Scott Murray on January 22, 2011 at 7:51pm
Bob - thanks for that info, that's something I was not thinking about


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