## Diluting Spirts

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• I am just stating out and haven t fermented a batch yet (waiting for the cooler weather) but I have a question which is probably basic but I havn t seen any
Message 1 of 7 , Feb 4, 2001
I am just stating out and haven't fermented a batch yet (waiting for
the cooler weather) but I have a question which is probably basic but
I havn't seen any information on.

When diluting your spirits is there a rule of thumb about how much
water should be added. eg if I have 5L of distilled spirit at 70%alc,
is it just a matter of adding an equal quantity of water to bring it
down to half strength eg 35% and to a total quantiy of 10L? Or is it
more complicated, needing monitoring after each addition of water
with a spirit alcometer to achieve the target alc level.

Also, is it better to use bought spring water rather than tap water
which has additives such as chlorine, fluoride, etc, etc or would
this be too fussy?
• Yep, you re right - its that easy. If you want to know how much water to add to dilute your alcohol down, just multiply the amount of spirits you have by
Message 2 of 7 , Feb 4, 2001
Yep, you're right - its that easy.

If you want to know how much water to add to dilute your alcohol down, just
multiply the amount of spirits you have by (strong/weak) - 1

eg: if you want to dilute 2L of 75% alcohol down to 40%, you will need to
add 2 x ((75/40)-1) = 1.75L of water

If you want to know how much alcohol to use to make a known quantity,
multiply the final amount by (weak/strong)

eg: to make 1.125L of 40% alcohol using spirit at 75%, you will need to use
1.125 x (40/75) = 0.6L of the 75% spirit, then top it up to 1.125L using
water.

There's calculators to do these for you at :
http://www.geocities.com/kiwi_distiller/dilute.htm

Tony
• ... Tony s calculators are great but I also would find it convenient to have a calculator that can quickly give a known volume-known final strength with two
Message 3 of 7 , Feb 4, 2001
On Mon, Feb 05, 2001 at 01:18:30AM -0000, Ackland, Tony (CALNZAS) wrote:
> There's calculators to do these for you at :
> http://www.geocities.com/kiwi_distiller/dilute.htm
>
> Tony

Tony's calculators are great but I also would find it convenient to have a
calculator that can quickly give a known volume-known final strength with
two contributing variable strength sliders. e.g.: I want to make a 500ml
of a 47% gin and I have "x" amount of 42% spirit and my flavoring liquid
needs to be "y" strength if I add 10ml of it to make the final product and
still hit that 47% target. know what i mean? ok maybe that's a bit wordy
:-)

and no it's worth the small expense: dilute with distilled water, you'll
be much happier.

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• The formula you are looking for is the mixing formula Aa + Bb = Cc. _____________ Ted Palmer tpalmer@oz.net ... From: Matt To: Ackland, Tony (CALNZAS) Cc:
Message 4 of 7 , Feb 5, 2001
The formula you are looking for is the 'mixing formula' Aa + Bb = Cc.
_____________
Ted Palmer
tpalmer@...
----- Original Message -----
From: Matt
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2001 10:32 PM
Subject: Re: [Distillers] Diluting Spirts

On Mon, Feb 05, 2001 at 01:18:30AM -0000, Ackland, Tony (CALNZAS) wrote:
> There's calculators to do these for you at :
> http://www.geocities.com/kiwi_distiller/dilute.htm
>
> Tony

Tony's calculators are great but I also would find it convenient to have a
calculator that can quickly give a known volume-known final strength with
two contributing variable strength sliders.  e.g.: I want to make a 500ml
of a 47% gin and I have "x" amount of 42% spirit and my flavoring liquid
needs to be "y" strength if I add 10ml of it to make the final product and
still hit that 47% target.  know what i mean?  ok maybe that's a bit wordy
:-)

and no it's worth the small expense: dilute with distilled water, you'll
be much happier.

--
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Matthew @ psibercom
psibercom.org: doing pretty much nothing for the net since 1994!

• Greetings! I live in a European country where its illegal to make moonshine. I also happen to live in an apartment with nosy neighbours... and every once in a
Message 5 of 7 , Feb 16, 2001
Greetings!
I live in a European country where its illegal to make moonshine. I
also happen to live in an apartment with nosy neighbours... and every
once in a while it starts to smell when I making some spirits...I
just wanted to ask if anyone have any good ideas to solve this
problem? I have been thinking of a good ventilationsystem with
carbonfilters. Has any of you ever tried this or had success with any
other method, please let me know!
Thanks/Rumrunner
Ps. Im always looking for new or old plans for stills...
• you could always smoke pot to cover up the smell of the still. ;) ... From: rumrunner666@hotmail.com To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com Sent: Friday, February 16,
Message 6 of 7 , Feb 16, 2001
you could always smoke pot to cover up the smell of the still. ;)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 2:32 PM
Subject: [Distillers] Smell

Greetings!
I live in a European country where its illegal to make moonshine. I
also happen to live in an apartment with nosy neighbours... and every
once in a while it starts to smell when I  making some spirits...I
just wanted to ask if anyone have any good ideas to solve this
problem? I have been thinking of a good ventilationsystem with
carbonfilters. Has any of you ever tried this or had success with any
other method, please let me know!
Thanks/Rumrunner
Ps. Im always looking for new or old plans for stills...

• Re the smell. why dont you try an Ozone generater. A hydrponics supplier will be able to help you. Last price i am aware of was about \$100.00 NZ. well worth
Message 7 of 7 , Feb 18, 2001
Re the smell. why dont you try an "Ozone" generater. A hydrponics supplier will be able to help you. Last price i am aware of was about \$100.00 NZ. well worth it
Pete
-----Original Message-----
From: Ted Palmer [mailto:tpalmer@...]
Sent: Saturday, 17 February 2001 13:56
To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Distillers] Smell

you could always smoke pot to cover up the smell of the still. ;)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 2:32 PM
Subject: [Distillers] Smell

Greetings!
I live in a European country where its illegal to make moonshine. I
also happen to live in an apartment with nosy neighbours... and every
once in a while it starts to smell when I  making some spirits...I
just wanted to ask if anyone have any good ideas to solve this
problem? I have been thinking of a good ventilationsystem with
carbonfilters. Has any of you ever tried this or had success with any
other method, please let me know!
Thanks/Rumrunner
Ps. Im always looking for new or old plans for stills...

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