No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

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No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby joel0395 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:22 pm

Hi y'all, so I managed to break my only alcometer... I've got 150L of tpw, a cleaned and prepped still. All ready for my long weekend plans. My local hbs doesn't sell them, and I am unable to get one online until payday later this week ( i know they are only $30, just a bit strapped at the moment) so is there a way to strip down to 20% without using a alcometer?Cheers
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Re: No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby RC Al » Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:44 pm

I dont own a parrot, I just taste off the still - taste, not drink, when i no longer get a tingle, im done.
Sometimes ill test a jar mid run for the fun of it, but i usually monitor output speed more closely
If you have very accurate scales and can do math, alc is 12/13ths the weight of water
I bought a pack of 10 alcs for about $12 from china, broke 2 or 3 so far cause they cheap n thin, but i dont regret it at all
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Re: No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby joel0395 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:47 pm

Thankyou, exactly the kind of advice I needed, I'm not running a parrot either so I just assumed i would fill up a test tube every few jars to check, i can manage the taste test though
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Re: No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby wynnum1 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:57 pm

Do you know what quantity and how long it takes from previous days.
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Re: No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby bluc » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:17 pm

You can go by temp also there is a temp to abv chart kicking round somewhere on the interwebs
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Re: No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby joel0395 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:32 pm

wynnum1 wrote:Do you know what quantity and how long it takes from previous days.


Unfortunately not, it has been about 4 years since my poor still has tasted alcohol and power, only just getting back into it
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Re: No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby Carol » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:13 am

Hi RC Al
Where did you find the bulk quantity of alcometers? I think it would be handy to have a few spares in the cupboard just in case.

Thanks
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Re: No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby RC Al » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:24 am

Evil bay, we not allowed to post links
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Re: No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby wynnum1 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:41 am

joel0395 wrote:
wynnum1 wrote:Do you know what quantity and how long it takes from previous days.


Unfortunately not, it has been about 4 years since my poor still has tasted alcohol and power, only just getting back into it

Good to write down some things but then have to make sure can find and if on a computer that you keep when get a new one.
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Re: No alcometer for Distilling weekend...

Postby joel0395 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:30 am

wynnum1 wrote:Good to write down some things but then have to make sure can find and if on a computer that you keep when get a new one.


I'll have all that sorted this time, cheers
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