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Love this stuff!

Post by Towman28 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:41 am

Cant seem to find the button for a new topic post so I will throw it here.

How do you figure out the proof of a drink after adding flavor? For example, in a 1quart mason jar I fill it 1/3 of the way with alcohol cut down to 100 proof. The rest is juice.
I tried putting my hydrometer in it but floats at the top with a zero reading. I'm sure I will feel stupid once its explained to me but all the hours at work lately have left me brain dead🥵🤪

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Post by Hambone » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:57 am

By volume. Measure alcohol in spirit and volume, then measure the new volume after adding juice and use maths.

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Post by Tummydoc » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:15 am

Yup, hambone has it. Lets say your quart jar is a liter jar, its easier in metric. So you have 333 ml of 50% alcohol (100 proof) or 166.5 mls of alcohol (333 × 0.5) that you added. If you top that jar up to 1 liter, you've got 16.65% ABV or 33 proof in your final jar.


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Post by Tabucowboy » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:15 pm

This will help.
Product Dilute Calc
https://homedistiller.org/wiki/htm/calc ... dilute.htm
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Post by NZChris » Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:58 pm

Tabucowboy wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:15 pm
This will help.
Product Dilute Calc
https://homedistiller.org/wiki/htm/calc ... dilute.htm
I just checked those calculators and they are not accurate. 1l of 80% plus 1l of water makes less than 2l and it will be over 40%.
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Post by Towman28 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:30 am

Thank you for the info. This makes it easy to proof!

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