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EasyDens Alcohol Hydrometer | Proof Meister mobile app
EasyDens delivers highly precise results in seconds and allows you to determine the alcohol content of your spirits with an accuracy of 0.5 %v/v. In combination with the Proof Meister mobile app for iOS and Android, you will have a perfect guide throughout your distillation process.
You can get insights into the efficiency of the separation during distillation and the measurements help you to optimize the whole process.
EasyDens & Brew Meister units
EasyDens and the Proof Meister app make measuring, collecting, and summarizing data quick and simple.
With a small sample volume of only 2 mL EasyDens and the Proof Meister app deliver highly precise results with Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC):
- ABW [%w/w]
- ABV [%v/v] at current temp.
- ABV at 15 °C [%v/v @15]
- ABV at 20 °C [%v/v @20]
- Proof UK at 20 °C
- Proof US at 60 °F
- Density [g/cm³] at current temp.
- Temperature [°C], [°F]
EasyDens Alcohol Hydrometer | Distilling process
The possibilities of producing schnapps and other hard alcohol like vodka, whiskey, or gin are huge and there are no limits to your creativity. The desired quality of the final product is determined by the type of raw materials used. You can use a wide range of either starchy-based ingredients or sugary fruit, whatever suits your taste.
Depending on what starting ingredients you choose, the process starts differently. Starchy-based materials are mashed, to activate germination to produce enzymes, which transform the grain starches into fermentable sugars. Fruits on the other hand are crushed and pressed to extract their juices.
When this step is completed, the fermentation can start. By simply adding yeast, the sugar is converted to alcohol and CO2.
Once enough alcohol has been produced, it is ready to be distilled. In the distillation process, the desired liquid fractions are separated from the ones you don’t want to end up in your drink.
This separation happens due to the fact, that different types of liquids boil at different temperatures. The more volatile solvents, which are called “heads”, are boiled off first. These “heads” contain ethereal aromas and substances like methanol, which are harmful to humans and therefore are to be discarded. The type of alcohol you want to capture is ethanol alcohol, which has a boiling point of 78.37 °C (173.1 °F) and is also referred to as the “heart”. At the end of the distillation, the so-called “tails” are given off. The tails have increasingly lower amounts of alcohol and higher amounts of bitter aromas, which is why they are either discarded or distilled once again.
The efficiency during the distillation process and the alcohol content of your finished distillate can easily be measured with EasyDens and Proof Meister with an accuracy of 0.5 %v/v.
The distiller decides when to cut from “heads” to “heart” and afterward from “heart” to “tails”, to create his desired taste with the finest aroma from the mash and to remove unwanted components from the main fraction.
Density and alcohol measurements during the distillation process are important to help you gain experience and knowledge in terms of cutting off the fractions at the right time. The measured parameters help not only to improve the quality of the product but also give important information about the strength of the spirit for every step of the distillation.
How to make potato vodka with EasyDens
Vodka can be distilled from any agricultural product containing sugar or starch. Some distilleries make vodka from grapes, hemp seed, and coffee pulp. But potatoes have become popular as a substitute mash for vodka, giving the vodka an earthy tone.
Follow the fermentation process of the potato mash with EasyDens and measure the alcohol content of your distillate!
To start fermentation, yeast is added to convert the grapes' sugar into alcohol. The decreasing sugar content is tracked by EasyDens. By checking the total sugar content daily, Wine Meister displays the changing sugar value graphically over time and allows you to check how well the fermentation is going. With the measurement of density and temperature, it is possible to see any issues during the process. This allows you to save the quality of your batch if something is going the wrong way, like a too slow or too fast decrease of the sugar content.
After fermentation is finished, the must has to be clarified, which means to leave the “pomance” in the bottom of the fermentation tank. Additionally, the wine is filtered in another vessel. After clarification, the wine can either be bottled immediately or put in tanks to let it age.
Leave the maths to EasyDens and Wine Meister so you can concentrate on what you love: Making great wine!