For dry (not sweet) wines only. Easiest to use with red
A vinometer is a piece apparatus that consist of an open,
graduated glass tube with a small filling resevoir.
The vinometer's reservoir or funnel is filled with a small amount
of wine being tested until some wine exits out at the other end
It is then turned around and placed on a flat surface, filling
resevoir side down, and allowed to self drain.
The alcohol concentration level is read of the vinometer's scale,
on the capillary, at the top of the liquid being measured, in %v/v
The level of the liquid is determined by the modifying affect that
alcohol has on the interfacial tension between water and glass and
the opposing surface tension of water.
The greater the alcohol concentration the less marked the liquids
capillary action and the lower it will sit in the tube of the
The vinometer is calculated on the basis of pure alcohol and water
solutions, whereas wine is not a pure water/alcohol solution and
the accuracy of a vinometer can not be relied upon.
Sugar interferes with the interfacial effects that a vinometer's
action relies on and hence the method can only be applied to dry
Similarly other components in wine can also interfere with accurate
As a rough approximation of the wine alcohol content, the use of a
vinometer with an internal triangular cross section has been
reported to give improved accuracy.
When measuring white wine, the addition of a red dye allows better
visualization of the wine level. However the dye should not contain
alcohol or components that would interfere with the
11/7/2010 -- What volume of wine is needed to fill the Vinometer to get a reading??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Perhaps a tablespoon. Maybe two at the most...
5/17/2010 -- what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order is (800) 850-2739
1/26/2008 -- I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
9/2/2004 -- We have used acid testing titration kits for some time but find it difficult. Can you recommend an accurate, simple method or kit to use. Price is not a consideration.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The new Vinoferm Acid Test kit is quite easy to use, and very accurate. Here is a like to it:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&ProductID=762
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