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 (at least 2-3 drops) 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
alcohol. 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
wines. Similarly other components in wine can also interfere with
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 number 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!
4/25/2007 – What is the correct equation for determining A.B.V. (alcohol by volume). Do you divide the difference between starting and ending gravity by 8 or by 7.36? I see both numbers in the answers.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: By taking the difference between your starting and ending gravity (in points) you then divide by 7.63 That will get you very close indeed.For example, The OG measured at 1.080, and the beer stopped fermentation with a FG measurement of 1.018. The difference is 62 "points". 62 divided by 7.63 = 8.12% acohol by volume.Another way is to measure is shown below:The OG measured at 1.080, and the beer stopped fermentation with a FG measurement of 1.018. Simply subtract the FG from the OG and multiply by 131.1.080 - 1.018 = 0.062 x 131 = 8.12% alcohol by volumeI see no need to calculate any closer than that!Let's do it for a wine (same principle):OG=1.090FG=1.000=0.090*131=11.79% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10-6:30 M-F and 9:30-5 on Saturdaysand 11:00am-3pm on Sundays
7/7/2004 – Is there a way to measure the alcohol content of wine after it is fermented and aged?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If it is a dry (not sweet) wine, it can be measured with a vinometer. Here are some links
9/29/2003 – My old vinometer went up to 22% and was accurate until it broke. I need one that will go above 15%. can you help?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes! We have another model, product code D10, that goes to 25%.
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