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Old 01-23-2013, 02:30 AM   #1
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Default SG=.092 help!

I gave my Strawberry Rhubarb jam wine it's first rack today, and the SG is at .092!! My starting SG was 1.095 and I used Lalvin EC 1118 yeast.

My hydrometer scale doesnt even go that low, but this wine must be over 18%.. It doesn't taste TERRIBLE, I guess. Am I alright or have I made my first bad batch?

Yeast was pitched on Dec 20

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Old 01-23-2013, 02:43 AM   #2
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err... .992

Although that still puts it over 16% ABV!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:48 AM   #3
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1118 will do that to ya. Dont think about drinking it for at least a year if that. I think it should be mighty tasty in a few year at least. Personally I am not a fan of 1118. It takes too long to be drinkable and does not empart fruit esters like 71b does. 1118 is more like a locomotive that just blows through the sugars. Sure it ferments (even when stuck), but its not much in flavor.

Given that I am sure it will be alright in about a year or so.

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I believe you are at 13.5%, not 18+%.

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what do you need help with, sounds like a good wine

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Read the value on the hydrometer under the miniscus and adjust for temp, you are probably around 13.5 like anna said. Drink up.

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I'm not worried any more, just had a rookie panic when i thought my SG was .092! (Brain fart)
I'm only disssapointed because I thought I might get away without aging this much - It was tasting really good when I transfered to a carboy at 1.03 SG

My scale says 1.095 SG=13.12 Potential Alcohol and .992= -2.7

13.1-(-2.7) = 15.8%

I prefer your 13.5%, but please tell me how you get that.
And my bomb shelter cellar is a perfect 68 F (Celsius is better!)

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I'm not worried any more, just had a rookie panic when i thought my SG was .092! (Brain fart)
I'm only disssapointed because I thought I might get away without aging this much - It was tasting really good when I transfered to a carboy at 1.03 SG

My scale says 1.095 SG=13.12 Potential Alcohol and .992= -2.7

13.1-(-2.7) = 15.8%

I prefer your 13.5%, but please tell me how you get that.
And my bomb shelter cellar is a perfect 68 F (Celsius is better!)
(OG-FG)*131
(1.095 - .992)*131
.103 (or 103 points) * 131= 13.493%
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I did a google search for a calculator a while back. I found this one. It allows temp to be entered into the equation as well and tells a whole lot more. Don't know how accurate it is. It is an htm page so the calculations are in the source.

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Thanks all... i guess I shouldn't be so married to the numbers on my cheapskate hydrometer!
I used the calculator and got 13.6 % ABV

Thanks Annasdad,for the 131 formula.. I've never seen it, but it's now in my notes!

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