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Comparing Beer Styles: Original Gravity

If you’re brewing beer and you want to control what kind strength your brew is going to have, you need to understand original gravity, which is a measure of the amount of fermentable sugars available in the wort for the yeast to convert to alcohol. Original gravity is measured with a hydrometer. As a brewer, you can control original gravity and ultimately alcoholic strength by tinkering with the amount of malt you put into a batch as well as with the mashing and lautering process that you use.

Beer Style Family

Original Gravity (SG)

Abbey Ale

1.050 - 1.097

Amber Lager

1.047 - 1.062

American Ale

1.041 - 1.071

Belgian and French Ale

1.041 - 1.097

Bock

1.050 - 1.117

Dark Lager

1.037 - 1.057

English Ale

1.030 - 1.072

German Ale

1.040 - 1.057

Lambic

1.040 - 1.072

Pale Lager

1.032 - 1.059

Pilsener

1.040 - 1.063

Porter

1.043 - 1.090

Scottish and Irish Ale

1.030 - 1.081

Specialty Beers

1.030 - 1.100

Stout

1.036 - 1.093

Strong Ale and Barleywine

1.057 - 1.120

Wheat Beer

1.027 - 1.080

 

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