hist-brewing: Re: Different Alcohols
JeffRenner at mediaone.net
Mon Jan 7 13:30:53 PST 2002
Some thoughts in addition to those mentioned.
While beer has been measured as abw, it is often now, as mentioned, by volume.
Here are some equivalents (1 US ounce = 29.6 ml, or about 30 ml for
convenience) for normal serving sizes and strengths:
12 oz. beer at 5% abv = 0.6 oz. alcohol
5 oz. wine at 12% abv = 0.6 oz. alcohol
1.5 oz. (shot or jigger) spirits at 40% abv (80 proof US) = 0.6 oz. alcohol
So notice that all are equivalent in the amounts of alcohol, 18 ml.
Old fashioned martinis back when were made with one jigger (45 ml) of
80 proof gin and maybe a tablespoon (15 ml) of 18-20% vermouth, so
they contained perhaps 20-21 ml alcohol, or nearly the same as the
However, modern martinis often call for 2 ounces gin or even more - 3
ounces is not uncommon (Williams and Sonoma Bar Guide for one), and
premium gin is typically 94 proof. Vermouth is typically at a lower
proportion - 1-2 teaspoons (5-10 ml), which adds little alcohol. You
can see that a modern martini is much stronger than our typical drink
above - one with 3 ounces of strong gin is more than twice as strong
with 1.4 or 1.5 ounces of alcohol. I for one cannot imagine the
iconic "three martini lunch!"
It would take 14-15 US ounces (414 - 430 ml) of 10% abv beer to equal
this. However, 10% abw = 12.5% abv, and if the strong beer we are
speaking of in comparison to martinis is this strength, then it would
take around 12 US ounces 330-350 ml) to be equal.
As Sean mentions, a martini is likely to go to your head more
quickly. I know it does for me.
Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, JeffRenner at mediaone.net
"One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943
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