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Old 08-17-2006, 05:46 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 08-17-2006, 05:48 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 08-17-2006, 05:51 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:01 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 08-17-2006, 08:46 PM   #5
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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....

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Old 08-17-2006, 08:54 PM   #6
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You're probably near 5-6%

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Old 08-18-2006, 05:43 PM   #7
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...and probably more precise if you used a hydrometer...

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