View Full Version : Calculation Formulae (SG, %ABV,...)

JamesP

09-02-2004, 05:45 PM

From somewhere else in the Forum

SPECIFIC GRAVITY from HONEY quantity

SG = 1 + [ (lbs x 45) / (gals x 1000) ]

(and for metric people)

SG = 1 + [ (Kg) / (Ltr x 2.6596) ]

POTENTIAL ALCOHOL from SG

(This allows for FG < 1.000 - see Ben Rotter's site http://members.tripod.com/~BRotter/CalcInfo/HydSugAl.htm )

%ABV = 0.944 + 129.8 x (SG - 1)

Any other handy formulae out there?

WikdWaze

09-03-2004, 03:38 AM

POTENTIAL ALCOHOL from SG

(This allows for FG < 1.000 - see Ben Rotter's site http://members.tripod.com/~BRotter/CalcInfo/HydSugAl.htm )

%ABV = 0.944 + 129.8 x (SG - 1)

Any other handy formulae out there?

Would I be correct in assuming that should be

%ABV = 0.944 + [129.8 x (SG-1)] ?

ScottS

09-03-2004, 06:59 AM

My rule of thumb is 1 lb of honey in 5 gals of water = 0.008 SG = 1% ABV fermented out. Simple, pretty close to reality, and much easier to remember than those equations. ;D

I have a question about that SG to ABV formula. If I plug in a SG of 1 (= water), I get a ABV% of .994%. What gives?

WikdWaze

09-03-2004, 03:24 PM

My rule of thumb is 1 lb of honey in 5 gals of water = 0.008 SG = 1% ABV fermented out. Simple, pretty close to reality, and much easier to remember than those equations. ;D

I have a question about that SG to ABV formula. If I plug in a SG of 1 (= water), I get a ABV% of .994%. What gives?

I guess that's what happens when you use a simplified equation to get an approximation. On the "Mead Made complicated" site they give the actual equations to figure this out, those equations frighten and confuse me :-[

JamesP

09-05-2004, 05:33 PM

WikdWaze,

The brackets were left out because I assumed muiltiplication has precedence over addition ;)

Goes to show what assuming does.

Scott S,

Plugging in SG=1.000 says that your FG=1.000, and your mead isn't totally dry, but still has 0.944% Alc to ferment out.

When your FG=0.9927 you will have a totally dry mead. Again this is another assumption, because EC-1118 can probably ferment to FG=0.9927, but some of the other yeasts may not. However, we are talking about potential alcohol :-*

I'm sure you didn't start with OG=1.000 ;)

The URL I mentioned has more details, and there are 5 formulae listed there, each with slightly different results.

-=-=-=-

1lb in 5 gal making 1% ABV - that is an easy one to remember, except for the "metric" people :-/

that makes it (roughly) 0.4 Kg in 19 Litres per 1% ABV

Oskaar

09-05-2004, 11:27 PM

Nice references James! :)

Good information!

Oskaar

I started writing a PHP application a while back that would allow me to track my brews. Life got in the way and I didn't get very far on it, however, this is the function I was using to figure alcohol content either by weight or vol.

<?

function figureAlcohol($ograv, $fgrav, $pmode = 'vol')

{

$alc = (($ograv - $fgrav) * 105);

if ($pmode == 'vol')

{

$alc *= 1.25;

}

return $alc;

}

?>

Hope that helps someone.

-jb

vinoblanco

09-16-2004, 12:14 PM

I developed a little spreadsheet that helps you formulate simple recipes, if anybody's interested. Just PM me with your e-mail and I'll send it to you.

B

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