1:4 ratio with water

lauritaec

Member
Argentina - Castellano
Hi,
I need help understanding what this means:
"Researchers say that red wine diluted in a 1:4 ratio with water has the same potency as..."

My question is: Is it 1 for water and 4 for wine? Or viceversa?

Thanks!
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    It is not immediately obvious to me.
    Staring at it without any understanding of what the researchers are talking about, I suggest that the proportions should be in the same order as the liquids are mentioned: 1 of wine to 4 of water.
     

    Matching Mole

    Senior Member
    England, English
    It is the convention (for example in chemistry) that the solute appears first in the ratio and the solvent, or diluent, second. The solute is the thing being diluted, which would be wine in this case, represented by 1. There is also the logic that bibliolept proposes.
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    It is the convention (for example in chemistry) that the solute appears first in the ratio and the solvent, or diluent, second. The solute is the thing being diluted, which would be wine in this case, represented by 1.
    This is why you normally see ratios for solutions expressed X:Y where Y is greater or equal to X: 1:4, 1:20: 1:200, etc.
     
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