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04-29-2012, 02:47 AM   #1
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 So, who is good with math?

If I add 375ml of 180 proof whiskey to a 5 gallon batch how much would this raise my ABV. I came up with about 1.8%, sound right?

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I suck at math. Sorry! Curious what your trying to do though.

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Ok. Sounds like something I would try.

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Yeah I get 1.75%

04-29-2012, 11:25 AM   #6
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180 proof = 90%

90% of 375ml=337.5ml

5gallons=18.93 liters=18930ml

337.5 / 18930 = .0178 or 1.78%

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We need to know the alcohol content of your beer before we can give you an accurate answer. The answers above are based on adding the alcohol to water, and fail to take into account any alcohol that may already be in the beer.

The differences are probably pretty minor, but to illustrate - if you were to pour the whiskey into a beer that was already 99% alcohol, you would actually be lowering the alcohol content of your mix. A silly example, but it proves the point.

So, if you want an accurate answer, we need to know the aldohol content of your beer before the addition. It probably won't make a 1/10% difference from what has already been submitted, but it is required to do the math correctly.

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The calc above doesn't take into account the increase in total volume:

whiskey bump = 337.5 / (18930 + 375) =0.01745 or 1.745%

Teeny difference Assuming that the beer is lower, the current abv isn't necessary to calculate the bump, but would of course be necessary to calculate the final abv.

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Not to digress, but what exactly is 180-proof whiskey and how is it different than everclear?

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 Originally Posted by blakelyc The calc above doesn't take into account the increase in total volume: whiskey bump = 337.5 / (18930 + 375) =0.01745 or 1.745% Teeny difference Assuming that the beer is lower, the current abv isn't necessary to calculate the bump, but would of course be necessary to calculate the final abv.

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