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Old 04-29-2013, 02:23 AM   #11
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The abv was 8.2%, that was before sweetening it. Topped it off to 2.5 Gallons from 2 g. I added 1 can of concentrate and 2 cups of sugar. It has that warming feeling when you drink it and my wife said it's too strong. I dont want to add to much and bring the abv down to far. Can I measure the abv the same way as if it's fermenting while I'm adding to it?



 
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #12
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I got the wine sweetened and bottled. It taste more like limade than margarita but it's still good. I had to use 2 cans of the concentrate to get rid of that chemical taste and put 2 cups of sugar in it. I ended up with 2 3/4 gallons. I checked the gravity reading and it went down to 3% from 8%. Did I do something wrong for it to drop that much? Or is there a different way to check the abv after back sweetening it.



 
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:50 PM   #13
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I got the wine sweetened and bottled. It taste more like limade than margarita but it's still good. I had to use 2 cans of the concentrate to get rid of that chemical taste and put 2 cups of sugar in it. I ended up with 2 3/4 gallons. I checked the gravity reading and it went down to 3% from 8%. Did I do something wrong for it to drop that much? Or is there a different way to check the abv after back sweetening it.
You don't "read" the potential ABV as an indicator of the alcohol level.

The formula is (OG-FG) x 131 = approximately the ABV%. Adding liquid dilutes it, so then you'd just add the liquid as "water" and do some simple math.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:46 PM   #14
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I did 1.060-0.998 and got 0.063. Then 0.062*131 and got 8.122. I'm not following you onhow to figure it up after adding the liquid. I added about 3qrts to it to have a total of 2and 3/4 gallons. Oh man, call me stupid cause I feal stupid. I'm not sure how to figure up the abv after adding the 3qrts to it. I can help my kids with word problems all day long but with this I'm clueless. Would 5.077 be the final abv after add the 3qrts to it.

 
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I did 1.060-0.998 and got 0.063. Then 0.062*131 and got 8.122. I'm not following you onhow to figure it up after adding the liquid. I added about 3qrts to it to have a total of 2and 3/4 gallons. Oh man, call me stupid cause I feal stupid. I'm not sure how to figure up the abv after adding the 3qrts to it. I can help my kids with word problems all day long but with this I'm clueless. Would 5.077 be the final abv after add the 3qrts to it.
It's not a reason to feel stupid! It's just a dilution "problem", and you can use ratios.

If you have 2.75 gallons, 2 gallons of it was 8.1% and .75 gallons was 0% ABV.

That means that the total is now 2.75 gallons at 6.0% ABV. check my math, as I did it quick in my head- but it should be close.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:43 AM   #16
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Ok thanks. Ratio is one thing I'm not good at. I'll have to get my oldest kid to help me figure it out. Thanks again.

 
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:03 PM   #17
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After bottling it I drank several 12oz bottles. When my beer was ready I started drinking it. It's been 3 weeks sense I drank one of the margarita wine so I got one of the bottles and it was hard as a rock. Wth I put potassium sorbate in it. Did I not put enough in it.

 
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:15 PM   #18
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What was the final SG, before you added the sorbate & sweetened it up? Is it carbonated now?
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:30 PM   #19
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It was .998. Yeah it's carbonated now.



 
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