Read a wine hydrometer at the same time as you add the yeast to your wine must. The hydrometer has a scale called “Potential Alcohol”. At this point in the winemaking process, you should be getting a reading of around 10% to 13%. The reading is the point at which the surface of the liquid crosses the scales.

And how do you make high alcohol wine?

Here are some more wine making tips with high alcohol levels.

  1. Pre-start the yeast. Make a wine yeast starter 1 to 2 days before starting the wine.
  2. Maintain warmer fermentation temperatures. We typically recommend 72 degrees Fahrenheit as the optimal temperature for fermentation.
  3. Make sure you have plenty of air.

How does a hydrometer work?

A hydrometer is an instrument used to measure the specific gravity (or relative density) of liquids; the ratio of the density of liquid to the density of water. A hydrometer is usually made of glass and consists of a cylindrical shaft and a sphere weighted with mercury or lead shot to keep it floating upright.

You might also be wondering how do you measure ABV?

Formula for calculating the alcohol content in beer

  1. Subtract the original gravity from the final gravity.
  2. Multiply this number by 131.25.
  3. The resulting number is your alcohol percentage or ABV%

What does ABV stand for?

Alcohol by volume

How much water do you add Alcohol?

Pour a known amount of water into a graduated cylinder. Add small amounts of water to the whiskey until you like the taste. Look at the cylinder and note how much water you added. For example, if you start with 2 ounces of 100 proof whiskey and add 1/2 ounce of water, you end up with 80 proof.

How do you convert Brix to alcohol?

It has become a “rule of thumb” to expect that 1 Baume = 1.8 Brix = 18 g/L sugar = 1% potential alcohol. It is important to remember that Baume and Brix are not actually measuring sugar concentration or sugar weight per unit volume. Instead they measure the specific gravity of a solution or just a volume measurement.

What specific gravity should my wine have?

Typically you want an initial specific gravity between 1.070 and 1.100 for wine. Yours was 1,116. This can be more than the wine yeast can handle. Wine yeast has a limited tolerance to alcohol.

How do you measure specific gravity?

g. is 1.2. Specific gravity can then be determined by dividing the weight of a substance in grams by its volume in c.c. is divided; however, in practice it is more convenient to determine it by dividing the weight of the substance by the weight of an equal amount of water.

How do I increase the alcohol content of my wine?

Everything what you have to do is add sugar to the wine during fermentation. Make sure it dissolves completely and doesn’t hang at the bottom of the fermenter. For every pound of sugar you add to a 6-gallon wine kit, you increase the potential alcohol by about 8 tenths of a percent (0.8%).

How long should I let my homemade wine ferment?

The fermentation takes about two to three weeks. However, wine requires a two-stage fermentation process. After primary fermentation is complete, secondary fermentation is required.

How to test ethanol content?

Ethanol increases the volatility of fuel. To determine if there is ethanol in the gas:

  1. Make a solid line about two inches from the bottom of a six or seven inch test tube or olive bottle.
  2. Fill with water this line, then fill the tube to the brim with gasoline.
  3. Cover the tube, shake and leave.

can you drink Post-fermentation wine?

Aside from a tummy full of fresh yeast, you should be fine, except maybe your taste buds – prison hooch sounds pretty awful. The yeast can give you some gas if you’re not used to it. I plan on putting it in the fridge and straining everything 6 times.

Does more sugar mean more alcohol in the wine?

While more sugar means more alcohol, it gradually does the case what makes the difference; You will need to use a hydrometer to monitor the sugar content of your must during fermentation to determine when to add more sugar to the mix.

Does more yeast mean more alcohol?

By Adding more yeast will not result in a higher ABV. Adding more sugar will. The yeast converts sugar into alcohol. Even if you add another packet of yeast, if there is no more sugar for the yeast to “eat”, alcohol will stop producing.

What should my hydrometer read for wine?

In winemaking. Initial density should be 1.070 (normal finished ABV is 10.5%) to 1.090 (normal finished ABV is 13%). The Gravity of the finish should be between 0.990 (for dry wines) and 1.005 (for sweet wines).

Does adding sugar make alcohol stronger?

(OK, it lowers the alcohol percentage a little by volume as adding some sugar increases the overall volume of the liquid.) If you add sugar to the juice before fermentation or during fermentation, the sugar will be used up by the yeast and more alcohol will be produced.

What is Brix?

A Brix, expressed in degrees Brix (°Bx), is the number of grams of sucrose per 100 grams of liquid. The value is measured on a scale of one to 100 and is used to calculate an approximate potential alcohol content by multiplying by 0.59.

Can wine ferment too long?

In general, wine cannot ferment for a long time. The worst that can happen is a “miscommunication” between sugar and yeast, either by using the wrong type of yeast or fermenting at the wrong temperature. Even if this happens, you can still salvage most, if not all, wines.

How do I know when my wine is ready?

When is my wine ready for bottling?

  1. Your wine must be perfectly clear. There should be no dregs left to fall out.
  2. Your wine should read less than . 998 on the specific gravity scale of your wine hydrometer.
  3. The wine should be free of residual CO2. This is the gas that is produced during the fermentation of the wine.

What is the alcohol percentage in the wine?

An average glass of wine contains about 11 % to 13% alcohol, but bottles range from as little as 5.5% alcohol to around 20% ABV.

How to make a hydrometer?


  1. Mark your intervals. Use a pencil to mark the edge of a piece of paper.
  2. Cut a strip out of the paper. Cut the marked side of the paper into a long, thin strip.
  3. Place the strip of paper in a glass tube. Use a tube about the size of a drinking straw.
  4. Seal one end of the tube.
  5. Cut off any excess paper.