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The Queen of Sheeeba [userpic]
I'ma let you in on a little secret.

I like my beer dark AND on the sweet side, so when I put the booster in I also added about a quarter cup of brown sugar. Ssssh! Don't tell Dany. I wasn't supposed to experiment.


LOL! I can't wait to hear how that turns out!

It shouldn't change it too much. Maybe a little darker in color, but not much sweeter, honestly.

Brewing is in some ways like baking, and in some ways not like baking.

You need to follow the recipe fairly exactly if you want consistently good results (unlike savory cooking, where you can throw all sorts of stuff at it and have it taste different but good every time out).

Where it differs is in how the ingredients change over the time between initial mixing and finished product. With baking, if you add a little more sugar, you'll get a little more sweetness. With brewing, you add a little more sugar, you get a little more alcohol. The sugar you added will ferment almost completely, raising the ABV, but not the sweetness factor, because it's been almost completely converted to alcohol. The result of adding extra sugar may be a thinner beer with a slightly cidery taste that needs a little extra time to condition out. In your case, though, it probably wasn't enough to significantly change it.

Flavor enhancements are probably going to be a result of different malts and malt combinations being added. That's where the flavor comes from. Mr. Beer has Hopped Malt Extracts and Unhopped Malt Extracts, so combining a HME and UME would give you more flavor without adding bitterness, which is what the hops brings to it. More malt and less hops throws the balance away from bitter, and therefore more into sweet. It's a change in the perception of taste, rather than in the sweetness itself, from what I understand.

You'll have a drinkable darker beer for your end product, but probably not as sweet as you were expecting. Next time you might try combining the Englishman's Nut Brown Ale HME with the Creamy Brown UME. You'll get a higher alcohol content, and probably a sweeter (or less bitter, which translates to the same thing) beer.

Well, one out of two ain't bad. Plus the added benefit of more alcohol!

Edited at 2010-02-12 10:31 pm (UTC)