Alcohol Content - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Alcohol Content

Thread Tools
Old 02-14-2006, 03:59 PM   #1
Jul 2005
Posts: 33

So I have yet to buy myself a hydrometer, but do plan to soon. I was curious on what most of you guys use for content ABW or ABV? ABV seems to make more intuitive sense. I don't know anyone that tabulates the amount of liquid they drink by weight. But i also read on a website that ABW is what is commonly used in the US. I'm just curious if a main stream 'beer' like Miller Lite is 3.5% ABW or ABV. I wouldn't think most people would understand ABW as well, but if that is the standard that truly is used, I would use it as well for my measurements to have better comparisons.
Let me know any info you have.

Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2006, 04:06 PM   #2
anthrobe's Avatar
Nov 2005
Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 578
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

I always calculate the ABW first then convert to ABV. Most beer breweries advertise with ABV.
On Deck -
Primary1 -Hop Knot 10/04/07
Primary2 -
Secondary1 -
Secondary2 -
On Tap
Tap1 - Kelly's Rasberry Cream Ale 7/11/07
Tap2 - Black Stap Porter (8/25/07)
Tap3 - Hefeweizen 7/05/07
Waiting for tap\Conditioning
Keg1 -
Keg2 -
Keg3 -


Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2006, 06:07 PM   #3
Nov 2005
I'm gone!
Posts: 666
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

The US is the only country on earth that still uses ABW, everywhere else uses ABV.

The difference in the two scales is what started the old wives tale that Canadian beer is higher alc% than US beer.

Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2006, 06:19 PM   #4
Darth Konvel
Darth Konvel's Avatar
Sep 2005
Columbus, OH
Posts: 1,033
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Even here in the US we don't use ABW much anymore - or at least I honestly cannot say when the last time I saw it in use. Everything is labeled by ABV anymore.

cdew, concerning Millter Lite, or any other major brand of beer, the alcohol content will vary on where it's sold (dependent on what's allowed by law). Some places it's 3.5% ABV, here in OH I think it's 5% (maybe 5.5%?) ABV.
Up Next: ???

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Alcohol Content: Why So Low? t-bag Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 03-17-2009 04:19 AM
Alcohol Content tigerface Recipes/Ingredients 4 09-27-2008 04:53 PM
alcohol content dqeuvtcxotaa Mead Forum 6 03-04-2008 05:31 AM
How do you up the alcohol content? Thirdeye Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 01-17-2008 08:12 PM
low alcohol content Mike's Brew and Brat Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 11-23-2005 01:20 PM

Forum Jump