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Beer strength

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Beer strength

Postby wezzel » Mon Jul 20, 2015 20:39

My latest brew, a punk inspired brew, is my favorite to date. It's flippin gorgeous. The problem is that is feels stronger than it is.

I hit all my numbers with an OG of 1.051 and a FG of 1.010 which, according to my brewing software should be 5.4%.

However when I drink even a small glass (330ml bottle) my head spins. I've made similar strength beers before that haven't affected me like this. Any suggestions?
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Re: Beer strength

Postby GrahamT » Mon Jul 20, 2015 20:47

Yes. It's your sixth small glass.

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Re: Beer strength

Postby wezzel » Mon Jul 20, 2015 20:49

If I drank 6 of these I'd be knocking on the doors of all my neighbors and telling them I love them!
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Re: Beer strength

Postby krazypara3165 » Tue Jul 21, 2015 07:25

....Sounds like there is something wrong with that brew..... Better send some out for me to test! :D

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Simecoe APA (HBF Donation)

Bottled:
Galaxy Pale Ale, Woodfordes Wherry, Bella Brew Pale Ale, Strawberry and vanilla Pale Ale, Mixed fruits cider, Elderflower and grapefruit fizz.

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Rhubarb Wine, WOW rose', Elderberry wine, Mixed berries wine, Elderflower and grapefruit wine, Elderberry wine.

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German Pilsner, Guinness Clone, Chateau De Roi selection kit, Strawberry and lime cider.
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Re: Beer strength

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Jul 21, 2015 08:08

Do you feel markedly more drunk after 3 pints of that than you do if you drink 3 pints of punk? You have to start off comparing similar things.

Only one way to find out...

Never enough time....
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Re: Beer strength

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Re: Beer strength

Postby Bad 'Ed » Mon Jul 27, 2015 16:57


Never enough time....
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Re: Beer strength

Postby wezzel » Mon Jul 27, 2015 18:09

I think I may need to double check my refractometer. For my next brew I'll use my hydrometer too and make sure both are reading the same.

In hindsight, because the refractometer read exactly what was predicted I assumed it was right but now I'm wondering...
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Re: Beer strength

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Re: Beer strength

Postby BIGJIM72 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 00:10

Just out of interest-how many & what hops did you use?

I have a medical condition- I am fool intolerant.

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Re: Beer strength

Postby Adrian_98_uk » Wed Jul 29, 2015 21:10

I get hop head quite often! Normally just the first one then it fades!
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Re: Beer strength

Postby wezzel » Wed Jul 29, 2015 21:59

It was a very hoppy pale ale. Galaxy, mosaic., ahtanum & chinook almost all late hopping (200g in 21 litres). 44 IBU & 5.4%. Mostly MO with a little Vienna and aromatic malt.
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