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How do you test alcohol proof at home?

How do you test alcohol proof at home?

Old school moonshiners can tell the proof of their shine by shaking the mason jar and looking at the bubbles. If the moonshine has large bubbles that disappear quickly it indicates that the moonshine has a high alcohol content, while smaller bubbles that disappear slower indicate lower alcohol content.

Is there an alcohol meter?

An alcohol meter is used to measure the proof of alcohol after the fermentation process and once your product has been distilled with a alcohol distiller.

What kind of hydrometer do I need for moonshine?

There are two types of hydrometers used by distillers: a proofing hydrometer and a brewing hydrometer. The main difference between the two is the scale they use. The brewing hydrometer is designed to test the alcohol content or potential alcohol content of a moonshine mash. It can take measurements up to about 20% ABV.

Are alcohol meters accurate?

In the United States the Alcohol industry is monitored and tax is collected by the US, TTB. The required standard of measurement of % alcohol within 0.02% accuracy. Thus very precise measurements are required for proper labeling, tax remittances, and long term record keeping.

Can you measure alcohol content without OG?

A combination of a refractometer and a hydrometer can be used to determine % alcohol from a finished beer, no knowledge of OG required.

What type of liquor is moonshine?

Moonshine purists define the spirit as a homemade, unaged whiskey, marked by its clear color, corn base and high alcohol content—sometimes peaking as high as 190 proof. Traditionally, it was produced in a homemade still and bottled in a mason jar.

Is 100 percent alcohol possible?

Thus pure 100% alcohol will have 100×( 7⁄4) = 175 proof, and a spirit containing 40% ABV will have 40×( 7⁄4) = 70° proof. The proof system in the United States was established around 1848 and was based on percent alcohol rather than specific gravity. 50% alcohol by volume was defined as 100 proof.

What is 100 percent alcohol called?

proof spirit
A “proof spirit” is 100 proof (50 percent ABV) or higher.