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Offline MRMARTINSALES

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Stronger ABV in bottle
« on: January 22, 2018, 01:41:34 PM »
Hi,

Just a quick question.

Does anybody know why some breweries make there beer stronger in a bottle than in a cask?

For example, Hobgoblin here in the UK is put in a cask at 4.5% but is bottled at 5.2%.

Any ideas?

Thanks

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Re: Stronger ABV in bottle
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 02:13:58 PM »
Hi,

Just a quick question.

Does anybody know why some breweries make there beer stronger in a bottle than in a cask?

For example, Hobgoblin here in the UK is put in a cask at 4.5% but is bottled at 5.2%.

Any ideas?

Thanks

The higher the abv the longer the shelf life..... Bottled beer is sometimes higher to sit on store shelf's for longer.

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Re: Stronger ABV in bottle
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 05:45:09 PM »
Cask ale and bottles might be different markets. Are the bottles just for local sale? My experience is that Americans like their beer a bit stronger than Brits. The cask ale will likely on be sold locally, but the bottles could be exported.

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Re: Stronger ABV in bottle
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 11:34:43 PM »
Cask ale and bottles might be different markets. Are the bottles just for local sale? My experience is that Americans like their beer a bit stronger than Brits. The cask ale will likely on be sold locally, but the bottles could be exported.

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Yeah, that's true, I brew mostly British and German beers myself. Pretty much the local go to guy when it comes to british beer styles.

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Re: Stronger ABV in bottle
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 01:59:04 AM »
Thanks for your replies. So would they brew two different strengths of beer for cask and bottle or just do one brew and add something toit to increase the ABV for the bottles?

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Re: Stronger ABV in bottle
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 02:06:41 AM »
Thanks for your replies. So would they brew two different strengths of beer for cask and bottle or just do one brew and add something toit to increase the ABV for the bottles?

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Idk, depends on the brewer, but typically cask beers are gone fast, as they are meant for pubs they don't usually last long a few days to a week maybe.

Whereas bottles could sit for 6 months on a store shelf.

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Re: Stronger ABV in bottle
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2018, 05:08:15 AM »
Hi,

Just a quick question.

Does anybody know why some breweries make there beer stronger in a bottle than in a cask?

For example, Hobgoblin here in the UK is put in a cask at 4.5% but is bottled at 5.2%.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Greetings MRMARTINSALES - my guess would be that it depends on the state in which the beer is being distributed.  It makes sense that some states would not allow beer with a high ABV to be sold in bars where cask beer is typically sold.  Similarly, 3.2 ABV is the highest percentage allowed at major sporting events in the state of Illinois.  Just a guess...

Also, they most likely use water to reduce the ABV of the cask beer.
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