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Brown Sugar

Discussion in 'General Brewing Techniques' started by strods, 16/4/19.

 

  1. strods

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    Posted 16/4/19
    Hi all, I currently have a dark ale in my fermenter, its a few days in and now im wondering / considering adding some brown sugar to it to give a bit moreflavor to the brew.

    Being new to brewing im looking for some advice on if this is a good idea or should of it gone in at the start.

    Another thing, I have put 2 brews ion recently using a starter kit, Do i need to add any dextrose or anything similar at the start of fermentation as the shop i purchased them from didnt give me any. I presumed the carbonation drops at bottling would give me the alcohol cotent.
     
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    Posted 16/4/19
    strongly recommend you read the back of the can, or even better the little bit of paper under the lid of most kits.
    The old "if all else fails - read the instructions".
    If that's too hard, try here for the video
     
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    You can add sugar a few days in to fermentation but sugar it won’t really add flavour just alcohol. Well brown sugar does add a bit flavour but not in a good way in my opinion, even in a dark ale.
     
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    Posted 16/4/19
    Soft brown sugar won't add much in the way of flavour. I know what you're thinking, brown sugar tastes super tasty, toffee like flavours and lots of melanoidins. However, fermentation will destroy most of that, it won't leave much behind.
     
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    Posted 16/4/19
    it will however bump the Alcohol back to nearer the expected ABV. right now it sounds like OP has forgotton the "kilo" portion of Kit and Kilo. Might have made yourself a nice Dark Mild Strods
     
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    Posted 22/4/19
    Thanks all for your replies.
     
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    I remember making a English brown ale some time back, the recipe called for molasses in the boil..... worst beer I have ever made, two sips and straight down the sink. Just wrong.
     

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