Therefore, the wine’s alcohol percentage is 6.6. agacalilung, no you do not want to disregard the first hydrometer reading. If you are making a hearty red then read on.. Knowing the amount of alcohol in your wine can give you the heads up you need when it comes to how much you can drink. These are almost guaranteed to turn out foul and slightly toxic. It is CO2, water vapour, trace gases that are better out than in, like SO2 and H2S, and general spray from bursting bubbles. Is this what keeps it from spoiling? To accurately determine the amount of alcohol a solution contains, you must take hydrometer measurements both before the fermentation process as well as after the fermentation process. This is not to say that you have to be a scientist to be a winemaker. His approach combines simplicity with sound scientific principles. Answer: If correctly made, carefully bottled, and properly stored, it can last for years unopened. Dave McClure (author) from Kyle, Scotland on October 09, 2018: Mark, no, it can't. Annie, If the beginning reading was 1.100, it means that you have approximately 13-14 percent alcohol in the finished wine. This process sanitizes the items and prevents potential contamination of the wine. Answer: Dandelion wine is classed as a "country wine". Without suitable nutrients, the yeast dies early and fermentation stops. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Texas Tech University. My method is very simple and makes very flavorful wine. And they have laboratory testing facilities to ensure the quality of their product. It will work, but will not be very wine-like. Sometimes bottled wine can start what's called a malo-lactic fermentation in the bottle. This will remove any air bubbles trapped in the device. My homemade plum wine is delicious! This is a very high-risk approach. Most kit wines start out with a spec grav of about 1.090 which gives you approx 12 percent alcohol. Your email address will not be published. They are both very accurate and easy to use. Note that unless there’s a line marking that volume on the wine glass, there is … But it can be difficult for the beginner to distinguish between reliable, repeatable methods and the all too common hit-or-miss approach. Don't even think about it. So i was happy to read about your vinometer product. I started it in August 2012 with a 1.08 reading and I’m at 1.0 now in January 2013. In the article it will discuss how to take the readings to determine the final alcohol content. The alcohol content in wine can range from as little as one percent to 20 percent. Still have questions? Dave McClure (author) from Kyle, Scotland on June 20, 2020: Chetan - it would be safe but it would hardly produce any alcohol. Kathy, I completely understand you wanting to keep the carbonation or sparkle in the wine, but bottling based on the specific gravity can get you into trouble with exploding bottles. That's it. Moral of the story: the more tears, the higher the alcohol content. Not all balloons would taint the drink. How much alcohol should I use to preserve this wine? If you have high pH then yes add acid. You can make any kind of wine you like and make it your way. Only grape juice, sugar and yeast in plastic bottle using a small pipe so air come out to an other bottle with water inside. Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 16, 2011: A timely warning paraglider, kudos to you. The wine needs to be bone dry for an accurate reading. I started it in August 2012 with a 1.08 reading and I’m at 1.0 now in January 2013. It remains perfectly safe to drink but simply loses its freshness. If you use this mixture to raise the gravity reading of your hydrometer, you can take your reading once it is blended evenly through out the wine must. (This in reference to the balloon method). Required fields are marked *. Not clever. Is there any way to get something of an accurate end alcohol content for the batch. The article posted below will discuss this in more detail. Properly measuring the alcohol content of homemade wine or beer requires the use of a device called a hydrometer. If it smells wholesome with no hint of spoilage, and if it is clear, with neither haze nor oiliness, then it is probably safe to sample. We are not familiar with a spritometer but it sounds like an alcohol hydrometer. So far, I have liked what I read, and was thinking of trying a recipe out sometime. When you reach the part that says 'stretch a balloon over the neck of the fermenting jar' the best thing to do is find another website. The alcohol from the wine evaporates quickly, leaving a leftover water-wine mix that collects on the sides of the glass. Does anybody do the same thing? Answer: Red wine has more flavour than either beer or vodka. However, if the is any residual sugar it will throw the reading off. Answer: Cloudiness is usually suspended yeast cells. if you are using 180 proof grain alcohol, you arn't making wine. Read the potential alcohol level, which is where the surface of the liquid meets the hydrometer. 15 days at 20 Celsius is very different from 15 days at 15 or 25 Celsius. This is illegal for many good reasons, among them: risk of explosion and/or fire, risk of death from inhaling toxic vapours, risk of organ failure or blindness from ingesting methanol. Truly exceptional is possible, but needs a bit more theory and practice! Properly measuring the alcohol content of homemade wine or beer requires the use of a device called a hydrometer. is it better than drinkin it straight from the tap? This is the potential alcohol level. With these few examples, I've tried to show that ignoring basic science can lead to unwholesome or even dangerous results. What's wrong with us? He holds a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs from the University of Georgia. Thanks. I hope this helps. You would need a source of fruit acid which could be grape, apple, orange or lemon juice. If you have produced your own homemade wine, then you may want to know the alcohol content. I found out about mead and made 35 liters and my first batch is almost going on one month. fermentation was stopped with potasioum sorbate , and sweetened. There are other ways of testing the alcohol in a wine beside using the vinometer, refractometer or gravity hydrometer, however this brings us into the realm of laboratory equipment and is left for only the larger wineries to practically afford. The main fruit acids are tartaric, malic and citric. I have this great recipe for Apple Pie Wine using 180 proof grain alcohol. If you add sugar directly to the wine must then you need to make sure it is dissolved before taking a reading, otherwise it will simply settle to the bottom of the fermenting and give you a false hydrometer reading. He should have filtered it in some cheesecloth. ——————————————————————————————————— The alcohol proof of homemade wine, as with wine in general, varies because there are different types of wine. They will not even begin to hold the pressure. Far better to make some wine or cider that is worth drinking. Having said that, you'll probably be fine. Question: I am fermenting my grape juice for seven days. Can I bottle this and consider it preserved? Knowing the alcohol content of your homemade wine can save a night from being disastrous. Also similar to balloon method what i did to make my pot air tight since it had a big mouth was to use a sanitized glove and cut a small hole on 1 finger and tape a straw to the hole and dip the straw to a bottle of water. more than that and your just drinking hooch not wine.