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Old 05-06-2014, 06:55 AM   #1
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Hey guys i need a rough estimate to what 2 cups of sugar in 2 litres of water how much alcohol should i expect?

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estimating 2 cups granulated sugar = 400g (online calculator), in 2L, that gives 20% (%=g/100L), or 20 brix. Every 1 degree brix gets you about 4 gravity points, so your solution is about 1.080 in gravity. since it's all simple sugar, there will be 100% attenuation, giving a FG less than 1.000; i am guessing at 0.992-4. plugging that into an online alcohol % calculator gives about 10.5-11.5% abv depending on how low you put the FG.

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You're not actually fermenting 2L of water with 2 cups of sugar in it, are you?

Dinnerstick is right, but that doesn't mean you'll get ~11% of something that you will actually enjoy drinking. What is the plan?

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Hey guys i need a rough estimate to what 2 cups of sugar in 2 litres of water how much alcohol should i expect?

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Based on this alone you will get NO alcohol. That would require yeast.

Agreed that if you ferment sugar and water you will not likely get a drinkable result if that is your aim.
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Based on this alone you will get NO alcohol. That would require yeast.

Agreed that if you ferment sugar and water you will not likely get a drinkable result if that is your aim.
I have yeast in there guys haha. I had a taste today taste nice as! i can taste the apple slices i have added and it smells strongly of apples and alcohol i am not sure what this actuly is but i will go ahead and call it an apple cider

I should have added that i used yeast i must have sounded like a complete nut job saying i am just fermenting water and sugar

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^ nah, it still sounds wacky.

What you're making is apple flavored prison hooch.

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^ nah, it still sounds wacky.

What you're making is apple flavored prison hooch.
If it taste alright I am happy and 1 week and 2 days into fermentation it taste great so i will stick with calling it apple cider that is what it reminds me of.
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^ nah, it still sounds wacky.

What you're making is apple flavored prison hooch.
Exactly.
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Exactly.
What makes it hooch?
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The fact that you're fermenting sugar water instead of a grain-based wort (beer) or fruit-/honey-based must (wine/mead/cider).

What kind of yeast did you pitch? Depending on the yeast, it may or may not survive long enough to ferment all the way to 100% attenuation, meaning you may or may not actually get the ~11% ABV being calculated. If it goes down all the way, you'll suddenly have zero sugar in your hooch, and it won't taste nearly as nice as it currently does.

Fermenting pure sugar water is a great way to make a DIY CO2 pump for a planted aquarium, but it seems like an unpleasant way to get a buzz. It's prison hooch, maybe the sort of thing an enterprising (but stupid) high schooler might do in his bedroom so he could get a buzz under mom and dad's nose, but that's about as classy as sugar water booze is gonna get.

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