alcoholmeter is used to find the alcohol percentage of alcohol by
volume (abv) in a completely dry or distilled liquor that has no
dissolved sugar. It does this by measuring the density of the
liquid compared to that of alcohol any residual sugar or other
cause of change to the density will result in a false low
is often a minute amount of unfermented sugar following standard
fermentation, along with dissolved carbon dioxide and spent yeast
or solids remaining after fermentation, it is very difficult to
obtain an accurate reading of the abv in such a liquid. In
addition, an alcoholmeter is increasingly difficult to read at
lower alcohol percentages, compounding the problem.
reason, it is suggested that you use an alcoholmeter only for the
testing of distilled spirits.
The use of an
alcoholmeter is very straight forward. Pour a sample of the spirit
to be tested into a tall glass or high chemical tolerant plastic
cylinder, leaving enough space for the alcoholmeter to disperse the
liquid. In order to obtain the most accurate reading possible, try
to ensure that the liquid is as close to 68 deg F (20'C) as
possible, as this is the temperature that the alcoholmeter has been
calibrated to (should your alcoholmeter be calibrated to a
different temperature, which should be stated on the meter, ensure
that your liquid is at the quoted temperature). Place your
alcoholmeter in the sample and spin it do dislodge any bubbles that
may have been in the liquid, and could potentially cause the
alcoholmeter to float slightly higher, resulting in a low reading.
Read the mark where the liquid level crosses the stem of the
alcoholmeter. This is your percentage alcohol by volume.
11 1/4" L,
9/25/2012 – I recently purchased a meter that detects the alcohol content or percentages. When it arrived there were no instructions on how to use it. If there are instructions could you please mail or e-mail them to me. The delivery was very prompt and I am anxious to use it. Thank you so very much,Terry
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Simply fill up your test jar and float the alcoholometer in your spirits. The proof/% alcohol is read off the scale at the line where it floats. Alcoholometers are intended to measure the alcohol levels in distilled spirits (vodka, gin, rum etc) that have not been sweetened after distillation (like liqeuers, Jaegermeister etc). They will . . .
9/19/2012 – i own a bar and im curious if they are putting water in the alcohol bottles. Would this help determine that?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absolutley when used properly. It reads out in % alcohol. The exception to this rule is with "sweet" liquors. The sugar left in the solution messes up the reading. It will be accurate for vodka, whiskeys, rum, gin etc. It will be INaccurate for drinks like amaretto, jaegermeister, and similar stuff.
7/26/2012 – What does the proof scale on the alcoholometer tell me?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: In distilled spirits, alcohol proof (in the United States) is defined as twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. Consequently, 100-proof whiskey contains 50% alcohol by volume; 86-proof whiskey contains 43% alcohol.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
1/5/2010 – What testing equipment should be used to measure the abv of an "infused" liqueur? Thank you and best regards.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Once it has been infused and/or sweetened it really can't be tested without a lot of expensive equipment. The time to test it is before adding fruit or sugars. You can do it at that time with a simple alcoholometer and testing jar. Since no more alcohol is produced, it's simply a matter of calculating the volume of whatever you infused . . .
9/8/2009 – how can i flavor moonshine after it has been distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell an entire line of essences for flavoring alcohol. These essences turn plain alcohol into whiskeys, rums, gin, brandy's etc etc. It works for commercial alcohol (legal) as well as moonshine (illegal in the U.S.). How you choose to use these essences is not our concern.Here is a link to that category
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!
6/8/2007 – what is the maximum %abv and proof your alcoholmeters register to?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The alcohol meters will register up to 100% abv or 200 proof. You will never achieve that, however. Impossible to do.
5/30/2007 – How do you check the proof of the distilled finished product so that you know it is safe to drink?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The alcohol content (proof) of distilled spirits can be checked with an Alcoholometer.Please note, however, that this is not the same as "safe to drink". Many things have ZERO alcohol and are perfectly safe, like water. Many things contain alcohol, but that doesn't mean they are safe.
1/2/2007 – I was planning on buying the alcoholometer for my science fair. I will be testing corn and sugar beet mashes as they ferment to see which will have a higher alcohol content. Should I use an alcoholometer or a hydrometer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For testing during fermentation, you need to use a hydrometer. It will tell you the amount of alcohol that WILL be produced, by measuring the density of the fluid (influenced by the amount of sugar) prior to fermentation. An alcoholometer is used for distilled spirits, to check the alcohol concentration after fermentation and distillation. . . .
10/16/2006 – Does the alcoholometer tell you the % of alcohol and the temperature? So does it have the thermometer in it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It reads out in % alcohol and proof. No, it does not have a thermometer in it. It is calibrated at 60 deg F. If necessary, you can apply correction factors for temperatures other than 60 deg F
9/15/2006 – my Alcoholometer came. One scale is white and the other is yellow. which one tells me what?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The yellow scale indicates proof. The white scale is % alcohol by volume.
8/4/2006 – is there instructions on the tester i purchased?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really, but it is really quite easy to read. Simply float the alcoholometer in your spirits, and the proof is read off the scale at the line where it floats.
7/28/2006 – Does your activated stone carbon need to be washed with water before using it to filter alcohol? If so, what is the procedure?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is more effective if you do. A good way is to put it into a tube with something like a coffee filter on the end to hold the carbon. A rubber band will do to hold it in place. Start pouring a little water into the tube. It will bubble at first, and then be absorbed by the carbon. Keep doing this until water trickles out the end of the tube. . . .
6/7/2006 – I will be attempting to make my first batch of "Apple Jack" in a few days. Since I'm freezing out the water, will I be able to use a alcoholometer to test the final product? Also, what should I expect the proof to be?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you will probably not be able to use an alcoholometer to test it due to the residual sugar. Alcoholometers are useful only on distilled spirits. A more useful tool would be a hydrometer, with readings taken before and after fermentation.Proof very much depends on the starting and ending sugars (unknown to me) and how much water is . . .
4/2/2006 – Will the alcoholmeter give a reading all the way to 200 proof alcohol? If not how high does it read?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it reads that high. You will never reach it, however. It is virtually impossible to go above about 96% alcohol (about 192 proof) by volume using normal distillation techniques.
2/12/2006 – Can homebrewed wines be distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; most certainly. That is how brandy is made.The legality of doing so depends on where you are located and lots of other factors, however.
1/25/2006 – I want to know how to build a still for making whiskey or rum for personal use. what do I need to do this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have a number of good books on this subject. Here are links to two of them:"Moonshine Made Simple and Still Makers Manual""Lore of Still Building"links are found belowOur Distillation Category (for equipment etc) is found here:Distillation Supplies & Alcohol FlavoringsThis is all assuming that you have researched . . .
7/21/2005 – I see a reflux still in my future but!!! I have to know, Is it possible to distill with a corn wash and maybe "filter" the finished product through charcoal and then maybe let this sit in charred oak chips to give it a whiskeyish flavor ? I would rather flavor it myself than with extracts. Also, can you use an all grain fermentation to distill . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Where it is legal to do so...yes, your can distill a corn wash, filter and flavor with oak. That has been done.You are also correct about doing an all-grain fermentation without hops and distilling to produce whiskey. Again, the legality of that depends on many factors. That is your responsibility, not ours. The books in our Distillation . . .
4/19/2005 – Do you have recipes for scotch, vodka, gin, etc?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, but all of the books that we sell have recipes in them. Here is a link to that category:
2/6/2005 – what is an ideal temp.for distillation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you mean for ethanol alcohol, it begins to vaporize at 172 deg F. If you are after maximum alcohol content (this is not always the desired product!) temperature is typically maintained at 172-178 deg F. Obviously, if you are distilling water, or another substance, the temperature is range is much different.There is more to running . . .
9/28/2004 – On one of the Q&A's i read that if the alcohol content is extremely high the alcoholmeter can melt. Do you carry glass alcoholmeters?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Alcoholometers are made of glass, and will not melt. The PLASTIC test JARS (that you float the hydrometers/alcoholometers in) will dissolve if the alcohol level is too high (approximately 120 proof). We have glass test jars, if you expect to exceed that.
9/26/2004 – can you make brandys or schnapps and are they legal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends how you do it, where you live and how willing you are to do the paperwork...Mixing flavoring essences into purchased (commercial) vodka is legal. Making your own (for home use) by distillation is not legal in the U.S. In other countries, it is often legal.Of course, brandys and schnapps can be made commerically in the . . .
5/5/2004 – The Price Of Gasoline Just Keeps Going Up !If I Became Good At Distilling And Ran A "Moderately" Efficient Distillation System:How Many Hundred Pounds Of Corn Would I Have To Distill Each Week To Make 20 Gallons Of Fuel Quality Alcohol For My Automobile?How Long Would It Take To Distill 20 Gallons Of 'Fuel Quality' Alcohol Using . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it does (the price, anyway)!The use of alcohol as a fuel, and economics of doing so is best described in this website:http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/ethanol_manual/manual_ToC.html
4/13/2004 – Two things I would like to run by you:1)Thank you for replacing a broken alcoholmeter in such a short period of time - I really appreciate it.2)It may sound silly but how do you use the alcoholmeter? Once you place the thicker end into the alcohol container, how long do you have to wait to get a reading? I was wondering if you had . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1) No problem. They are quite fragile, and they occasionally break in shipping.2) To use, just float the alcoholometer in the distilled liquor and read the scale on the side of the alcoholometer. No waiting is required. Sorry, but we don't have an instruction sheet.
3/6/2004 – I have "Compleat Distiller" on my shopping list for general purposes. Do you know if this book covers the use of potatoes (versus grains) as the base for the fermentation stage, or do I need to search for additional "informational" materials?Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This book is an excellent resource for the distillation part of the process, but it is a little "lean" on the fermentation portion. The Alaska Bootleggers Bible actually has better information on using potatoes, and even has a recipe for potato "wine".
2/28/2004 – Is it illegal to produce ethanol for a use other than human consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on where you live, but in general, it is not illegal to produce ethanol for use as a fuel, for instance. A permit, however, may be required. The Feds even offer tax credits for producing alcohol as alternative fuel.We are not lawyers of course, and you should always be sure of your own legal position.
2/23/2004 – Do you know of any websites or books that have instructions on making a still from scratch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Most of the books we sell shown how to build a simple still. See link below for a link to our distillation section
1/26/2004 – Will this hydrometer work in testing higher alcohol contents like liqours? Maybe up to 80 or 100 proof?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, for that you need an alcoholometer. They are found in our distillation section.
1/20/2004 – To determine the alcohol content of something will I need both the alcoholometer and the alcoholometer test jar? Or will just the alcoholometer work?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The alcoholometer needs to float in a sample of the fluid, so a test jar is pretty handy. If you have something else, that is at least say 12" deep, it should work. Bear in mind that if the alcohol content is very high, it can melt thru many plastics. You will need to "sight" the alcoholometer as it is floating as well, so something clear . . .
1/1/2004 – How long does it take to make a liquor with a still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It involves two separate operations:1) Fermentation 2) DistillationStep 1) depends very much on what is being fermented, temperature, nutrients, yeast and many other factors. A general timeframe may be say... 7-10 days. This is entirely legal in most countries/states.Step 2) takes perhaps 4-6 hoursPlease bear in mind, that . . .
12/3/2003 – I can't drink alcohol. Is it possible to remove most of the alcohol of a liquor like Tequila and somehow maintain the flavor by evaporation or any other means? (So that N.A. Margaritas can be made)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really, BUT...we have alcohol flavorings (essences) that are normally added to vodka to make them into rum, tequila, whiskey etc that should work just fine. They contain no alcohol themselves, and a very small amount can be added to make N.A. drinks.
11/9/2003 – So after someone builds a still what would be a good book to really get in to learning about distillation, recipes, tips, etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best book I know of is the "Compleat Distiller".See link below:
9/20/2003 – i have done some research i have found that in 1984 was a bill signed that made it legal to make 100gal per year for legal age person that resides at that address for personal use and not for sale. please tell me if something has changed.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I assume the law you are referring to (actually in 1978 by the Feds, altho some states took longer) legalized beer and wine making only, not home distillation. Beer and winemaking involves production of alcohol through the normal, natural processes of yeast fermentation; and that is typically the legal distinction. The deliberate CONCENTRATION . . .
9/15/2003 – Is it illegal to make moonshine for personal use in the U.S?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If by moonshine, you mean distilled alcohol that is produced at home for consumption as a beverage without paying taxes, YES!We do not encourage, and will not be responsible, for the illegal use of equipment purchased from Homebrew Heaven. If you intend to do that, we don't want to know.In many other countries, it is legal (New Zealand . . .
9/10/2003 – new zealand has become propaganderised as a non-drinkers heaven. tax is raised by the communist govt. on real beer(4.5%+)and on spirits! The 'average class' new zealander prime minister asked live on tv why beer drinkers do not drink lite beer. The country shook to its' core when about 400,000 real men and 200,000 sheilas started stomping . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I sympathize with you. Please understand that we don't have it so good either. At leastin NZ it's not illegal to distill at home. I'm of the opinion that anything I choose to do at home is MY damn business. Land of the free? I think not. By the way, in this state, blood alcohol limit was .10; now it is 0.08 and I'll bet in a year or two, we'll . . .
8/31/2003 – What temp is this hydrometer calibrated at. Can you supply me with a temp conversion table?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They are calibrated at 60 deg F (15.5 deg C). A temperature correction table can be found at:www.cst.nist.gov/div836/836.01/PDFs/1924/circular19.pdf
6/17/2003 – What percentage of alcohol does this read up to?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All the way up to 100%
6/14/2003 – Is it legal for an individual in the US to distill spirits for individual consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. It is not.In some other countries, like New Zealand, Sweden and others, it is. There are at least two reasons advanced for this:1) Taxation. No incentive for the government to make it legal.2) Liqour industry. A highly profitable industry would take a hit. The feds support their industry, and the industry supports the feds. . . .
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