How much sugar should you add to your homebrew beer?

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How much sugar should you add to your homebrew beer?
The amount of sugar you put in your home brew will determine its alcohol content. (beer image by Einar Bog from

When brewing your own beer, Cascade Home Brew suggests adding one kilogram, or 0.998 Kilogram, of white cane sugar for every six gallons made by the company's home-brewing kit, which contains 1.68 Kilogram of malt extract. Malt contains a type of sugar called maltose. Due to malt's inclusion in beer recipes, some such as a concoction for beginners by Brew Your Own magazine, do not call for additional sugar.

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Adjust for Alcohol Content

Using less sugar, such as 0.544 Kilogram instead of 0.998 Kilogram per six gallons, will reduce the alcohol content of the home-brewed beer by 1.4 per cent. Adding large amounts of sugar to your home brew will increase alcohol content but may also produce a beer closer to wine in composition.

Bottom Line

The amount of sugar you add to your home brew is a personal choice, as it will dictate the alcohol content of your beer, as well as the flavour.

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