First run, testing proof and tralles

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First run, testing proof and tralles

Postby Grizz72 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:40 pm

Ok i did my first run of oat whiskey (from the recipe on the site (tried and true) everything went good and i just tested with a proof and tralles hydrometer here are my results, i ended up with 5 of the medium mason jars (maybe a pinte i am not to sure) i threw out the first 500 ml.

Jar #1. 80 PR and 40 TR

Jar #2. 104 PR and 52 TR

Jar #3. 104 PR and 52 TR

Jar #4. 94 PR and 47 TR

Jar #5. 70 PR and 35 TR

all of the above was tested at 60 degrees

now when i started i did not have the tralles hydrometer so i read an artical here in the forum that said if it burns in a spoon then its over 100 proof and if it burns on a plate then it is below 100 but more than 75 if this is correct then something dosent seem right because all of my jars burnt in a spoon i was collecting jar #6 when i got a different feel and smell so i was thinking that tails were starting so i collected another 2 jars as tails and shut it down. the whiskey taste great i am very pleased of the out come just not sure if i am reading everything properly, i am assuming that 80 PR on my hydrometer means 80 proof and the tralles is the amount of alcohol (40%) or is there a calculation that i have to do???

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Re: First run, testing proof and tralles

Postby Prairiepiss » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:23 pm

You are reading it correctly. This doesn't mean it calibrated correctly. You can test it using some known ABV/proof store bought stuff.

Pr is the proof.
Tr is the ABV%.

The burning thing as you web know no isn't highly accurate. But is close enough when you have nothing else.
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Re: First run, testing proof and tralles

Postby Grizz72 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:37 pm

Ya I gotcha, so check the hydrometer with some store bought a calibrate it to the readings that I get.

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Re: First run, testing proof and tralles

Postby Dnderhead » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:32 pm

burning does not mean much..even wine will burn under the right circumstances.
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Re: First run, testing proof and tralles

Postby Grizz72 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:03 pm

ok i checked the hydrameter with some store bought whiskey 40% alcohol and the hydrometer read about 68 proof and 28% alcohol could it be off that much????? :?

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Re: First run, testing proof and tralles

Postby Prairiepiss » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:24 pm

68 proof is 34% ABV. Was this taken with the spirits at 60 deg f?
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Re: First run, testing proof and tralles

Postby Grizz72 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:25 am

The spirits were taken at 60 degrees, and yes you are right, the hydrometer was 68 and 34 I was doing two things at once, sorry about that

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Re: First run, testing proof and tralles

Postby Prairiepiss » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:19 am

I've heard of some being off. 6% or 12 proof is a lot. The paper scale inside the hydrometer mite have slipped some? Who knows. If it were me I would check it against another store bought. And adjust my readings from there. Or get another one? They are cheap and its good to have a spare.
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Re: First run, testing proof and tralles

Postby Grizz72 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:16 am

Thanks for the reply, it is exactly 10 proof off and 5 % I checked it on another store baught and another hydrometer, maybe the paper slipped inside who know's anyways aslong as i know i am good with that but i will pick up a new one in time.

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