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#481 EvergreenDan

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 01:57 PM

 that's a 50-70% abv product! Most commercial amari are in the 20%-35% abv range.

 

I want to try this recipe, but that high abv just doesn't seem right. Any thoughts?

If 3/4 of the volume contains 3/4 alcohol, then after adding the simple, it would be 9/16 alcohol, or 56% max. I'd find a 112 proof amaro pretty appealing, particularly if not too sweet.


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Posted 14 December 2014 - 05:54 PM

That recipe is very similar to one I've made several times and yes, it does come out around 50% ABV after the simple is added.  Very serious stuff, but that doesn't stop it being delicious.  And it improves as it ages.


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#483 Travis Jiorle

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 01:41 PM

If 3/4 of the volume contains 3/4 alcohol, then after adding the simple, it would be 9/16 alcohol, or 56% max.

 

Oh, right—that recipe is 1/4 simple syrup!

 

And if starting with the lower abv base spirit of 50%, the final product's abv would be 37.5%, within the upper range of most commercially available amari in the U.S.

 

 

 

Very serious stuff, but that doesn't stop it being delicious.

 

Yeah, I think I'll try the higher-fire version first and see what that does.



#484 Travis Jiorle

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 04:33 PM

So I got all the ingredients for this amaro recipe—

 

http://www.washingto...cucciolo/13646/

 

—but I had to get liquid gentian root extract instead of gentian root, which was unavailable.

 

What would be the extract equivalent to the recipe's called-for 1/2 teaspoon of gentian root? The only info on the bottle is that the "botanical preparation ratio" is 1:4, and the ingredients are dried gentian root, distilled water and ethyl alcohol.

 

My guess is still 1/2 teaspoon, but I'm not sure. And of course I don't want to screw up this ingredient since it's the bittering agent, so too much could render the amaro unpalatable.