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Re: Finally...Proof Hydrometer Correction Spreadsheet!

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  • jamesonbeam1
    OOOpsies, Before someone corrects me, I ment to say Gin or Rum for their grog - The Americans had Rum - the British had Gin hehe. Jim. ... bubble ... By ...
    Message 1 of 13 , Dec 13, 2007
      OOOpsies, Before someone corrects me, I ment to say Gin or Rum for
      their "grog" - The Americans had Rum - the British had Gin hehe.

      Jim.

      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "jamesonbeam1" <jamesonbeam1@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Larry <larry@> wrote:
      >
      > LOL Larry - na your not, Im just as lazy:):):). As far as the
      bubble
      > test goes, ive tried it many, many times and still cant see any
      > difference between 120 proof and 160 proof - gave up on that idea.
      >
      > However, i have got the flame test down by taking an tablespoon and
      > filling it, then lighting it and watch the burn till it goes out.
      By
      > the burn and amount of water left after. Ive gotten it down to
      within
      > 2-3% of the actual proof.
      >
      > Thats how they did it in the olden days before hydrometers - they
      would
      > put the alcohol on some black gunpower and watch the flame. If it
      > burned with a bright blue flame - it was "proof" (ie. at least 50%
      abv).
      >
      > If it burned with a bright blue flame with yellow, then they would
      call
      > it "over proof" (ie. over proof jamaican rum).
      >
      > Another historic note was that the old british war ships would only
      > accept rum that was at least "proof" for the sailor's daily ration
      > of "grog". They would only store it in the ships magazine, the
      dryest
      > area of a ship, with the gunpower. This was so that if the barrels
      > leaked, the gunpower would still go off - why they call 50%
      > alcohol "proof". (Im sure someone will try and refute this just
      like
      > my "flipping the bird" story LOL.)
      >
      > Vino es Veritas and Happy Holidays,
      > Jim.
      >
      >
      >
      > ---Snip
      >
      > > I'm glad you posted this... I figured that I might be the only
      one it
      > the
      > > world who was too lazy to fool with correction tables, which I
      didn't
      > get
      > > with my hydrometer to begin with. <groan>
      > >
      > > Someday, I might learn how to judge purity by shaking it in a jar
      and
      > > watching the bubbles. They say that those who have developed that
      > skill
      > > render some very accurate opinions as to the alcohol percentage.
      > >
      >
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