Hi everyone, long time listener, first time caller here
So I've been making naturally carbonated soda with fresh fruit quite successfully and wanted to check out how much (if any) alcohol was being produced.
Got myself a refractometer and taking into account the natural sugar from the fruit, bumped up the brix level to 10% using cane sugar (this is after I strained the steeped fruit solids from the liquid). After adding the champagne yeast I let it carbonate in the bottle for about 48 hours.
Then checked the brix % which had gone down to 8.5%. So using a refractometer calculator found here http://onebeer.net/refractometer.shtml
, it's telling me my ABV is nearly 1.5% !
I know it's not that much and understand you're going to get trace amounts, but from what I've been reading the soda should rarely get over 1% ABV. Am I doing something I doing something wrong here?