Questions tagged [alcohol-content]

The amount of alcohol that is present in an alcoholic drink. Usually expressed as percent ABV (by volume) or percent ABW (by weight).

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Why is vodka 40%?

I'm wondering who decided vodka should be 40% and why? (Have to include a little filler to make the question long enough to pass quality standards. )
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Alcohol Percentage Estimate

About 4-5 days ago I crushed up 2lbs of grapes and added a cup of sugar and a couple sliced oranges and lemons and a thick slice of bread to a glass jug. Covered the lid over the top with a towel ...
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How to know if kombucha is alcoholic?

So I am into making kombucha at home: I made a SCOBY, grew it, and I have successful kombuchas. My normal recipe makes a "ginger kombucha", pretty much kombucha with sugar and ginger. It disappears ...
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How to calculate ABV% with step feeding

I would like to make a high ABV mead, and plan to divide the honey into 3 or 4 increments for the yeast. This has to be done so that the yeast are not under stress from osmotic pressure. However, I ...
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How am I (accidentally) making low alcohol beer?

I seem to be the king of low alcohol beer! I have just brewed the “Make Your Own American IPA” from the Range. It started fermenting (quite aggressively) within a day. I left it for approx 14 ...
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How to calculate alcohol content after freezing beer (Eisbock)?

I experimented with turning a regular bock into an Eisbock. My bock had an OG of 1.088 and a FG of 1.014 (for an abv of ~9.5%). I froze that bock to varying degrees, and pulled the unfrozen liquid ...
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How to make an optimal fermentation for ginger beer with ginger bug

I'm trying my first batch of ginger beer and decided to make it with ginger bug. What I want to achieve is a bit sweet ginger beer with max alcohol my ginger bug can handle, I read somwhere it is 4-5%...
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How can I raise alcohol content in my rum?

I have been letting it sit for 10 days and it is still not 40%. I would like to know how to raise alcohol content in my rum while it is still in the process of fermentation. There are bubbles rising ...
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How will I calculate ABV if I had to add honey in the middle of a stuck fermentation?

I created a lemon/ginger/carrot mead and started with SG 1.120. I used a mead calculator (https://gotmead.com/blog/the-mead-calculator/) to factor in the sugars in the carrot. However, the ...
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Why has the Specific Gravity to Potential Alcohol conversions changed?

Ok, so I have implied but not said outright that I have been making wine for almost 30 years, but what I have also implied but not outright said is that there has been a break in that amateur ...
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Why didn't my ABV reach the yeast's limits?

I fermented some 5 gallon mead from SG 1.146 to FG 1.058, but two calculators ([1], [2]) said the ABV was 11.7% - 11.9%. The yeast I used (Lalvin K1-V116 [3]) is rated up to 18% ("Alcohol tolerance up ...
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How is alcohol-free beer manufactured? Can one make it at home?

I have recently found that some alcohol free beers such as German hefeweissbiers like Weihenstephaner Hefeweisbier Alkoholfrei, and BrewDog Nanny State taste pretty ok, actually. I have also found ...
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What changes the alcohol content of beer?

What component increases the alcohol content in beer? I would like to know this for future brewing.
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Is there an easy way to test alchol content after brewing wine? [duplicate]

I'm making blackberry wine, is there any cheap and easy way to find the alcohol content after brewing? (Ive lost my barometer reading from before)
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1st homebrew, how long to be ready? Any support and better recipes

I'm trying to make my Homebrew with the following materials: 8 l non-alcoholic beer 1 tea spoon of yeast 1 kg sugar I have mixed them in carboy with airlock inside a dark room. The question is, ...
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How to calculate ABV when adding fermentable sugar or fruit to secondary fermentation?

Fermentable Sugar, e.g. Maple Syrup I brewed a Maple Stout before Christmas in which I racked the beer to a secondary fermentation vessel where I added 550g of Maple Syrup. I let it sit at 12ºC for 4 ...
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How to use a Gay-Lussac hydrometer

Brewing (pomegranate) wine with a Gay-Lussac hydrometer at my disposal. Reading prior to fermentation was way below the deeper (estimate -30 GL) and floats at 10 GL after fermentation. The vinometer, ...
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Brewing Low ABV Lager

Good day! My question is simple, me and the wife love lager, I like a good 5% ABV but the wife is a light weight and likes a 3.5% ABV so the question is: How can I brew a nice lager (similar to ...
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when does the alcoholic fermentation end?

No special instruments / meters available. Is there an approximate way to tell when the alcoholic fermentation has stopped ? I am asking so I know when to add the MLF yeasts in. Viniflora CH16 ...
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Percentage fermentable ABV calc' Factor,

Is .163178144 (.1632) the factor for deciding the ABV % from the percentage fermentability of any fermentable beer solid, in 5 gallons ? cheers. DD.
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What yeast should I use to make a semi-sweet Ginger Beer with about 5% ABV

I want to make a semi-sweet (a little less sweet than Crabbies) ginger beer that is about 4.5 to 5.0% alcohol, and my plan was that in the end, I want it to be between 1.020 and 1.025 s.g.. Therefore ...
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How to predict ABV in cider?

I am new to cider brewing (my first batch has just started fermenting). As I'm new and just want to trial the process before getting into something more involved, I used store bought juice (no ...
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What is the best plastic to use to store alcohol?

What is the best grade of plastic for brewing and storing alcohol (up to about 15%)? Basically as the title suggests, I’m in a rural part of Tanzania with no access to glass but I do have access to ...
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Ginger beer abv … Help

I've been driving myself a bit crazy... I created a bug for ginger beer, then made up the mix of sugar lemon etc and left it to do its thing in a carboy for a week. Bubbled nicely, bottled, let sit ...
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ABV from one SG?

The most common way to calculate ABV (Alcohol By Volume) is through some correlation between Original Gravity (OG) and Final Gravity(FG). Is there any way to calculate ABV just from the current ...
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Brewing a 25l batch in a smaller fermenter

Can you brew say 7kg of sugar in say a 10l fermenter as opposed to a more standard 25l fermenter. I mean technically the sugar will still ferment in the smaller vessel or is that not the case will the ...
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Which yeast/bacteria produce no, or little alcohol (like Bionade)?

Producing a variety of different beer styles, we are able make adult friends happy, however children are left out :( I therefore wanted to ask if somebody knows where to look for yeasts that are not ...
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Balling's paper on ABV full text?

Can anyone tell me where to find the full text of Balling's article/book where his famous equation comes from? (I don't mind if it is in German).
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Low ABV stout recipe

I'm thinking about doing a series of lightweight, flavorful beers. The fact is, I'm not going to drink more than one or two beers a night: I want to be able to drive my kids to the ER if I have to. ...
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Calculating abv with fruit on secondary

So I am brewing with fruit and just added 6 pounds of apricots in syrup to a 7 gallon batch. I am trying to understand how the abv will be affected since fermentation just kicked off again vigorously....
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Mr Beer sells Brew Max

Does anyone know what Mr Beer Brew Max is? Also what can be substituted for it?I am trying to raise my A.B.V. in my home brew. I ask because I need a substitute. It almost looks like very small pieces ...
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How strong you can brew a beer using Brubox kit?

There is a BrüBox which allows you to brew your own craft beer at home. What's the estimated alcohol percentage you can achieve by using the provided equipment and following the instructions from the ...
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Higher starting gravity

Is it true to get a higher S.G. you can by add extra Suger and fermentables like extra suger DME. I 'm trying to find a way to raise, The S.G and F.G to get a higher ABV.
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How much will initial oxygen in wort affect final alcohol in beer?

According to White and Zainasheff: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation By Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff, wort should have 10 mg/L (10 ppm) with dissolved oxygen before pitching. This ...
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Adding Sugar before primary fermentation and a few associate Gravity Questions

I mentioned in a previous question that I am about to have a go at my first home brew. This was prompted when the brother-in-law's girlfriend gave me a beer kit for Christmas (Tom Caxton Real Ale). ...
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Is taking the gravity reading of a commercial beer useful when trying to clone?

I'm going to attempt a clone of a commercial beer. I already know the hops used and base malt. Obviously I know the ABV too. My question is if I take a gravity reading of the beer from the bottle ...
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Does homebrewed beer have a “Golden Age”?

In August I brewed my very first batch ever, an Amber Ale from Brewer's Best (kit). Six weeks later, I opened up the first bottle and was astonished - it tasted pretty darned good! Over the course of ...
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Where does the ABV% “magic number” come from?

In my Brewer's Best Amber Ale extract kit, the formula for calculting ABV% is: (OG - FG) x 131.25 Yet, from this YouTube tutorial, the formula is: (OG - FG) x 105 I'm wondering what these magic ...
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Can the same method of producing 19% ABV Sake be used to produce high ABV beer?

I've been reading about Sake, and from what I gather, Sake brewers use a particular method to coax the yeast into producing 15-20% ABV. The method goes something like this: Combine a mold called Koji ...
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Stuck Kvass fermentation?

So I was making kvass, and have decided to make it a little more alcoholic. I made it using the following recipe: Slightly burn 3 pieces of toast, add to boiled water, and 1.5 handfulls of raisins. ...
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Proper target for dilution

I made a recipe that was supposed to have OG 1.062, FG 1.012 (ABV ~6.5%). I forgot to note the target volume in the recipe (just the pre-boil volume), and wound up with a wort with OG 1.077. I chose ...
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Malt Beer vs. Light Beer

I remember when I was younger and "forties" (40 oz malt beer) were a big thing to drink when you're cool in the hood chilling. I've since for a good few years or so have been drinking Bud Light and ...
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Making a portion of a batch higher ABV

I am brewing my first kit beer. I want to set aside one gallon and make a high ABV batch. I am brewing a honey wheat and adding jalapeño. How would I make the higher ABV and what would the technical ...
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Gayelord Hauser brewers yeast

What is the maximum alcohol content of Gayelord Hauser brewers yeast? I have seen it at the grocery store and am wondering what I can do with it.
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Strong beer at 3%?

The O.G. was 13 Brix (1.053), and the F.G. was 8 Brix (1.031). According to the calculation, the beer is only approximately 3% ABV. But I tried a glass and it's gotta be closer to 5.5%. 20% of the ...
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Calculating alcohol percentage after diluting with a sugar syrup

I am making Limoncello, I have added 8 lemon zests to 1 liter of 96% alcohol and put everything in a big glass container. After 1 month I started making the real liqueur by diluting the alcohol down ...
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Help reducing alcohol content in cider

This might be a silly question but how do I reduce the alcohol content in my home brew cider. I have done two tests and they are coming out about 8% for the cider. I would like to bring it down to ...
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Low ABV, but lots of fermentation activity

I just brewed a jalapeno ipa and am stumped as to why the abv is so low. The OG was 1.037. During the primary, the activity was very intense... like more bubbles than most other beers I've brewed. It ...
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Dry-hopping creates CO2 pressure

I'm conditioning an IPA. After 2 weeks in primary and 2 in secondary all activity had ceased. Then I dry hopped fairly modestly - 75g or so - and 2 weeks into that the thing seems to have gone CO2 ...
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Estimating the ABV in finshed product

Is this a viable method?: In theory you can calculate an estimated ABV by using the formula 17*X%*YL. This means that 17 gr sugar produces 1% alc. in 1 liter mash. So if you know at what alc.% your ...