Originally Posted by ZachHarms
So I bottled it and it tasted great but my reading showed 2% abv which seems too low considering it should be about 3 to 4 does bottling with the sugar reactive the yeast And cause a higher abv once bottled? Instead of adding the corn sugar for priming I went to my local homebrew shop where I was introduced to these carbonating sugar balls, seemed really easy just put one sugar cube (they are round) in yo each bottle, it apparently helps maintain an equal amount if sugar per bottle and it was only 4 bucks for 60 of them
I think you were reading the wrong scale. The potential alcohol scale just gives you potential assuming it ferments to 1.000.
since you said ~2%, you were probably in the 1.012-1.015 range. Since you think you started at 1.048, you just need to do a little math, or use a calculator on the net. Just search for abv calculator.
when I'm feeling lazy, I get a pile of sugar super hot in a pan to sterilize it, but not melt it, then measure a dose into each bottle. Then I can skip the bottle bucket. It works for small batches, but takes too long for a whole 5g batch.