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what does 80 proof mean?

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pr0nstar

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Generally, when the "proof" of an alcohol solution is used, one is dealing with a solution of mainly alcohol (that's ethyl or grain alcohol) in water. The value of the "proof" is exactly twice the percentage of alcohol in the solution. Pure alcohol is "200 proof." A solution that is 43% alcohol would be "86 proof."

The percentage of alcohol in a water solution (and thus the "proof") is usually determined using a hydrometer, a device that measures the density (or the specific gravity to be more precise) of the solution. As the percentage of alcohol in a solution increases, the density decreases because alcohol has a lower density that water. The hydrometer is a floating device that has a long stem that sticks out of the solution. As the density of the solution decreases the hydrometer sinks further into the liquid. The amount of the stem that sticks out of the solution is a measure of the percentage of alcohol or the proof - the more of the stem that sticks out of the solution, the lower the "proof".

It is interesting how the word "proof" became used for the amount of alcohol. Back in the old days (pretty far back) when people were making and selling alcoholic beverages, there was a concern for just how much alcohol was in them. Those which had more alcohol were prized. A qualitative test was developed. Some of the alcoholic beverage was poured onto some black powder and an attempt was made to ignite the powder. If the liquid had too much water in it, the powder would not ignite. If the powder did ignite, this was "proof" that it had a high enough amount of alcohol in it.
 

Cannabus

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I have a bottle of 94% at my house..

WHO WANTS IT? I got it for as a gift two years ago and im not drinkin that shit..

Randy
 

Aphrodite

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by *labRat*:

try google.com , it usually helps answering most questions.
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don't be a smart ass... I was posting here while youwere still in diapers. or something


thanx guys.. I was right! what what!
 
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Subsonic Chronic

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Cannabus:
I have a bottle of 94% at my house..

WHO WANTS IT? I got it for as a gift two years ago and im not drinkin that shit..

Randy
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94 proof or 94 percent?

There's a huge difference between the two. One is stronger than absynthe, the other is still stronger than most hard liquors.

Pete
 

Quirkz

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It is simply twice the percentage by volume of alcohol.

So 100mls of 50% alcohol contains 50g water and 34g alcohol, which makes it only 34%.

Density is only a good measure when the liqued is alcohol and water, most drinks have a lot of sugars.
 
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labRat

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Aphrodite:

don't be a smart ass... I was posting here while youwere still in diapers. or something
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hey - you ask dum questions, i give you smart answers. or something.



--craig
 

labRat

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Aphrodite:
don't be a smart ass... I was posting here while youwere still in diapers. or something</font>
unfortunately, UBB correctness doesn't always come with my smart answers.
 

LoopeD

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Jamaican 151 proof rum is the devil itself - great in rum punch though (careful how much you use!)

One night, me and a friend decided to get adventurous and drink 151 and coke. I drank 3/4 of a 750 mL bottle of the stuff - didn't puke but had the craziest glow imaginable - ended up doing snow angels out back of a girlfriend's place in a T-shirt and shorts. Wasn't even cold, either.

If someone could figure out the exact equivalent of what I drank in normal booze terms (beer or 80 proof booze), I would be grateful.

Here's as far as I got before having to go back to work...

3/4 of 750mL = 562mL of 75.5 percent alchohol.

Now what?



d
 

Soundstream

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by LoopeD:
If someone could figure out the exact equivalent of what I drank in normal booze terms (beer or 80 proof booze), I would be grateful.
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Assuming that you use 5.5% as the alcoholic content of a beer (a good average to use in my opinion), and assuming that there are 330 ml of beer in a bottle, then the amount of rum that you drank is equivalent to 7.714 litres of beer, or about 23.4 beers. Almost a full case. Way to go!

Cheers ... Ian
 
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ninja

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well simple %age stuff shows you had 424.31ml of pure alcohol on you but for your Blood alcohol level I couldnt help you out on that one.
I'd have to say somewhere near gorbichov though
 

AdRiaN

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">when people were making and selling alcoholic beverages, there was a concern for just how much alcohol was in them. Those which had more alcohol were prized.</font>
Well, alcoholic beverages were also TAXED according to their alcohol content ... back in the day. So again, measuring the concentration has always been an important science.

Speaking of which ... can anyone provide insight into the long-standing debate regarding Canadian vs American beer? I've heard the argument that American beer isn't necessarily weaker because they measure alcohol content differently (ie. 5% in Canada does not equal 5% in the States)


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AdRiaN
 

Bumbaclat

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Cannabus:
^^^94%...I live in Hull and one of my employees picked it up for me..you can only get it in Quebec...

Randy
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I've had this before, it's pretty potent. It's stronger than absynthe and 151 Jamaican rum. The only thing I've had that's stronger is grain alcohol from Indiana. That was a horrible experience; 2-3 ounces, no mix, did it like a shot. Felt like somebody had lit me on fire.

Bumbaclat
 

Ditto Much

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by AdRiaN:
Speaking of which ... can anyone provide insight into the long-standing debate regarding Canadian vs American beer? I've heard the argument that American beer isn't necessarily weaker because they measure alcohol content differently (ie. 5% in Canada does not equal 5% in the States)


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AdRiaN
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Yes Here goes...

The alcoholic strength of wine the world over and beer almost everywhere outside of the United States is measured by volume. The U.S. legal standard is by weight For instance, a beer that is 3.2% by weight is about 4% by volume.

abw * 1.25 = abv
avv * 0.8 = abw


MY GOD MY LIFE IS TRIVIAL!!!!
 

H2Whoa

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Cannabus:
I have a bottle of 94% at my house..

WHO WANTS IT? I got it for as a gift two years ago and im not drinkin that shit..

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That shit could actually kill you - blindness at the least.....shiver.....
 
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