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 Muntzster 08-17-2006 06:46 PM

Knowing you ABV without a hydrometer

So, i never bought one, flame away, and now I am wondering what percent my apple cider is around. I looked around and couldnt find the specific thread that i wanted to find, searching also didn't turn up anything that helped me. Well do any of you know how I could figure this out?

Its 5 gallons of apple juice 2 packets of yeast ( shouldn't make a difference ) and 2 cups of honey.

Thanks

 the_bird 08-17-2006 06:48 PM

Step one:
Purchase a case of a beer with a known alcohol content. Drink until you pass out.

Step two:
Count the empties in the morning.

Step three:
Drink your cider until you pass out. Compare the number of ciders drunk to the number of beer drunk the previous night to calculate approximate ABV.

For a serious answer, look elsewhere, I have no idea.

 Muntzster 08-17-2006 06:51 PM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by the_bird Step one: Purchase a case of a beer with a known alcohol content. Drink until you pass out. Step two: Count the empties in the morning. Step three: Drink your cider until you pass out. Compare the number of ciders drunk to the number of beer drunk the previous night to calculate approximate ABV. For a serious answer, look elsewhere, I have no idea.

Well that was good enough for a laugh. :)

 david_42 08-17-2006 08:01 PM

Most of the ciders I've made, without extra sugars, are 5-6%. Two cups of honey won't make much difference. There are ways of determining the actual ABV, but if you don't have ahydrometer, you probably don't have the equipment you'd need.

 Brew_Meister 08-17-2006 09:46 PM

There is a handy little calculator that I use from time to time here:

http://www.buildabeer.org/beercalc.htm

It can calculate gravity for honey, apple juice, and many sugars. I am not sure exactly how accurate it is, but it has worked out for me a couple times. Hope this helps....

 gruntingfrog 08-17-2006 09:54 PM

You're probably near 5-6%

 homebrewer_99 08-18-2006 06:43 PM

...and probably more precise if you used a hydrometer...:D

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