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Old 06-16-2011, 09:52 AM   #1
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So a buddy and I just made this a couple days ago. Unfortunately, we didn't pay very close attention and used a 96oz bottle of juice instead of 64oz ::facepalm::

What can we expect to get out of this? Will it just be really grapey?

I posted this question under the above thread, but since that section doesn't get much attention I decided to ask here.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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It should be just fine. The ABV will be slightly lower, but you probably won't even notice. The only modification I make is to add more than 1/2 Campden tablet. I prefer 1.5 Campden tablets because EC-1118 can be a really hard-to-stop yeast.

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Old 06-17-2011, 02:31 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response. Why would the ABV be lower? I would've figured it would be higher. More juice = more sugar = more alcohol?

I'm still a huge noob, so go easy on me.

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You've increased the juice but not the honey, so it's more diluted.

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Old 06-17-2011, 09:55 AM   #5
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You've increased the juice but not the honey, so it's more diluted.
It's still 5 gallons, so the dilution of the honey should be the same, right? And I figured the extra sugar from the juice would end up causing a higher ABV.
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Oh, it's topped up with water? In that case yes, I would have expected higher abv and more grapeyness, though I'm no expert so maybe we're missing something!

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Old 06-17-2011, 10:31 AM   #7
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Yeah, it's still 1 gallon, just more juice than water with the way I screwed it up. I just hope it's not too bad. Guess only time will tell.

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Thanks for the response. Why would the ABV be lower? I would've figured it would be higher. More juice = more sugar = more alcohol?

I'm still a huge noob, so go easy on me.
No. Your question is quite reasonable. The recipe is for a 1 gallon batch. If you use more juice and the volume goes higher than 1 gallon there is a dilution of the honey. If you keep the volume the same and just use more juice, then yes, the starting gravity should be a little higher and there would not be any dilution (and might actually get a little more alcohol).

I was thinking that you'd be seeing a volume greater than one gallon (equivalent scaled up), but if that is not the case then you are quite correct.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:38 PM   #9
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Thanks, Medsen. I don't feel like such a noob, after all. I hope it turns out alright. And a little more alcohol would definitely alright with me.

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