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Old 03-24-2012, 11:23 PM   #1
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Have a question about the 1118 yeast. Is it possible to get a abv of 21% out of a yeast rated for 18%, bc if I read my hydrometer correct then my lil experiment has reach a 21%. Thanks for any and all advice.

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what was the experiment??? some times solids in the must will over inflate the OG then as the solids drop out you will get a more accurate SG or FG reading resulting in a higher AVB rating than it really has. also what was your recipe as we can estimate your ABV based on quantity of sugar.

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Have a question about the 1118 yeast. Is it possible to get a abv of 21% out of a yeast rated for 18%, bc if I read my hydrometer correct then my lil experiment has reach a 21%. Thanks for any and all advice.
Yes. Alcohol tolerance can often be pushed higher by incremental feeding, healthy yeast, and simple sugars. It would not be terribly uncommon to get 20% out of EC1118.
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well it started of with a half gallon of left over white grape cherry wine that I added the f pack of pomegranite syrup from a kit to. So starting out the original batch recipe was
1.5 gal of welch's white grape cherry juice
2 lbs. sugar
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ec- 1118 yeast. the starting SG was 1.107 and then when i racked the reading was 1.004 so then i took the left over half gallon and mixed it with the f pack and a lil water and nutrient and energizer. which kicked the SG to 1.084. and today when I racked my reading was 1.027. all readings have been temp adjusted. and thats pretty much what I did.

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yep I think you are there based on the quantity of sugar. As yopper said incrementally adding sugar especially to "the beast" can get you that higher ABV above normal tolerance. And that second shot of sugar is what did it I am sure.

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cool thank you guys and just to let you know, so far it doesnt taste real great. I was just bored at the time and thought I would try it.

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With that ABV, I would bottle it up, and let it sit 1 year MINIMUM!!!!

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Leave it for 9-12 months (in bulk if you can) and then sample some... Something with a high ABV (anything over 18% is very high) needs more time to become great. My general rule of thumb is if it's at/over 18% don't even think about trying/drinking it for a solid year.

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ok will try my hardest to just forget about it.

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Don't completely forget about it... Check on it every so often, especially if you fit it with an airlock. You'll want to keep liquid in the airlock. After a while you can swap that for a solid bung/stopper, but still check on it. Keep it where the temperature is stable, and cooler, and it will age even better.

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