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Clibit
Steve wrote:
I must admit, ive never even thought about reducing! More upping than anything.


That's cos you're a sinner.
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Robert
Clibit wrote:


I may make you put me up for a night.  [wink]   Love your part of the world.

Any time.
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Steve
Clibit wrote:


That's cos you're a sinner.


Oh father I have sinned this year, forgive me 😱
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Pinto
Steve wrote:


Oh father I have sinned this year, forgive me 😱


I can hear your god pi55ing himself laughing from here..... 😃
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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Steve
Pinto wrote:


I can hear your god pi55ing himself laughing from here..... 😃


It was worth a try, more sins it is tonight then 😂
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Pinto

Steve wrote:


It was worth a try, more winning it is tonight then 😂

 

 

[rofl]

Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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Pesho77

 I haven't really had the chance to mess with low abv beers as yet coz my system can only do a minimum of 45l and I dont want a sub 4% beer that doesn't taste of any thing, but since I have an Angelbrew I can start these now and other small batch beers and really start experimenting.

 Id agree with not reducing a recipe but starting from scratch looking at the end result first then working backward towards that goal, so roast flavours colour body mouth feel, there are a variety of ways of getting all of these so you would probably end up with a new recipe any way.

 Pesh
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Clibit
I'm interested in low ABV beer because my body doesn't process alcohol too well these days and I'm trying to be careful and look after my health so I can be active over the next 10 years or more. Finding a balance between enjoying beer and being healthy and being able to do the cycling and other stuff outdoors. I have contemplated giving up booze but I love beer too much! If I can make really nice beer with low alcohol then I will. Some of my favourite commercial beers are under 4% anyway. And I'm not averse to having occasional stronger beers, up to about 6%, I rarely if ever go over that. And when it's more than 5% I tend to opt for 2/3 pint or a half.

Maybe I should just let go, let rip, enjoy myself etc! Party more. I have completely lost the art of partying! Hmm...

Better pack me bag anyway!
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John Barleycorn
If I wanted to reliably tweak the ABV% in a recipe I'm sure I would need to look for advice.
Who better than Graham Wheeler? He published a number of recipes with something he called 'Selectastrength'.
As an example he includes the basic recipe for Cooking Bitter (ABV 3.9%) in Home Brewing, P.139.
On that page he presents a Selectastrength table outlining alterations for the same beer at strengths 4.4%, 5%, 5.5%, 6.1%, and 6.6%.
Ingredients, hops included, vary as does the overall bitterness. 
I suppose this data could be used to plan out and project similar variations for a different beer.

Long may you enjoy your ale.

hoptimism - the realisation that each pint carries you forward to an ever more perfect ale...
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Chug
I usually go for 5% or less and never really follow a single recipe preferring to compare several and then using the common denominators and anything else that I feel will suit the style, and then tweak the subsequent brews to get it to where I want it, but like Robert I am still working on my dark mild.
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Pinto
Track down some Adnams Ghost Ship 0.5% - bloody amazing ! by far the best 0.5% abv beer I've ever tried bar none.
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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Hops_and_Dreams
Pinto wrote:
Track down some Adnams Ghost Ship 0.5% - bloody amazing ! by far the best 0.5% abv beer I've ever tried bar none.

I did see this in the shop the other week. Good then? I think they've devised a new method for reducing the alcohol?
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Pinto
Yeah, they take regular Ghost Ship and remove the alcohol with a special reverse osmosis plant and because it's been brewed, it doesn't have the usual alcohol free "weetabix" flavour you get from these types of brews.  The only real difference is that you notice the absence of the spirity alcohol note, but the trade off is that you realise how much more intense the hopping becomes without the ethanol masking it.

I have to say that I never found the regular ghost ship that remarkable, with this stuff, it's like they added an extra handful of hops to each pint - it's so much juicier and intense 😉
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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Clibit
I'm going to have to try this.
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