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Alcohol % in Pale Ale

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1 month 1 week ago #4295 by davidevans
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G'day Gash,
I recently had a pale ale that I made tested for alcohol by a mate who works in a winery.
It came back at 5.9% which was a bit more than I thought. Also said it was high in residual sugar.
1.7kg Coopers Pale Tin
500g LDM
500g BE2
200g Cracked Cystal
20g Mosaic
20 Centennial
Brewed at 21 litres with 1/2 cup reclaimed US05 & 1 pkt Coopers yeast
Fermented for at least a fortnight, bottled at SG 1.010(ish) - appeared to be well finished

How would you adjust the recipe for lower alcohol%, say around 4-4.5?

Could I just add more water, 23 ltrs?

p.s. never had my beer tested before, maybe this has been happening for years!

Appreciate your thoughts.


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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #4296 by Gash
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I think your mate is wrong. Shouldnt be anywhere near that, something is wrong, with 500g of BE2 and 500g LDM you'd be lucky to be 4.5%
And as far as residual sugar 1.010 is about right, somewhere between 1.008 and 1.012 is a typical finish.
WIne and beer are very different.
Cheers mate!
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Finnroo's Avatar Finnroo - Thu 28 Nov - 08:29

Brewing another Hefe Weizen today Cheers :D

Gash - Sat 16 Nov - 14:11

hahaha yes! hahaha some one pay me, anyone??? hahaha Cheers mate!

Yotatrkr - Tue 12 Nov - 01:26

What’s up Gash! Just wanted to give you a shout out from the your videos,keep up the good work....kegland should have you on the payroll!! CHEERS!!!??

Gash - Sun 27 Oct - 19:48

Well I did mine at 19c, Cheers!

Navsingh - Sat 26 Oct - 12:31

Hi Gash your Coopers Chocolate and vanilla recipe turned out great with added vanilla extract in the keg. Next i'm trying your Coopers Neipa. Can you please tell me what temp you brewed that one,I'm gonan use S33 for that one instead us05

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