I’ve said this many times before but I’ll say it again. There is a lot that can be said about watering down stock. You can use it as a filler for your stock, to cut down on the amount of stock in your stock, to reduce the size of your stock, or to add some flavour. I have a few recipes that allow me to achieve the three levels of self-awareness in the most natural and delicious way possible.
First of all, the most natural way to do this is to take a batch of stock and reduce its size by half. That means that instead of 40 grams of liquid, you get 40 grams of half-liquid. This also means that the liquid is now more concentrated than normal. The next step is to add some flavour to your half-liquid. That comes in the form of alcohol.
What happens when you add alcohol to a liquid? Like any other chemical, it changes the properties of the liquid. The higher the alcohol content, the more concentrated the liquid becomes. So what happens when you add alcohol? By increasing the alcohol content, you dilute the original recipe to a point where it can no longer be diluted further.
The problem with alcohol is that it has a very short, very narrow range of dilution. The typical range is one to ten, so a 1.5% solution of alcohol is extremely concentrated.
So how do you use alcohol to dilute a liquid? By adding more alcohol, you dilute it by a factor of ten. It’s like pouring a gallon of water into a gallon of alcohol. The result is a drink that’s more concentrated than the original recipe, but only a tenth as concentrated as the original liquid.
The problem isn’t that you can’t dilute water, but that it’s diluted so much that you can’t dilute it any further. You can’t dilute water, you can’t add more water to make it more concentrated. You can’t make a ten-thousand-dollar bottle of wine any more than you can make a ten-thousand-dollar bottle of alcohol. Your ability to dilute a liquid decreases with the square of the dilution factor.
So you know what you have to do? You must dilute your alcohol even more than you have to dilute your water, or you will have no more alcohol to drink. So you know what you have to do? You must dilute your water even more than you have to dilute your alcohol, or you will have no more water to drink. So take your time, do what you have to do, and do it well.
When it comes to the alcohol business, it seems like a lot of people tend to over-dilute their drinks. This makes everyone around you that much more cautious about what they drink. The more diluted you make your alcohol, the weaker it will be, so it’s best to just dilute it right the first time you use it. A gallon of alcohol can keep you toasty and full for a few days if you use enough dilution.
Dilution is an important part of making your alcohol stronger. You want to make sure the ratio of alcohol to water is the inverse of the ratio of alcohol to water in your recipe. This is called “watering down”, and it’s one way to ensure the beer you make won’t be diluted too much.
Alcohol is a great way to dilute your beer, but diluting your alcohol can seriously mess with your brain chemistry. If you have problems with alcohol, you can always just drink it straight. If you don’t, then at some point you’ll start to feel bad, and you’ll start to drink more. If you feel yourself getting drunk, you’re just doing it too fast.