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  1. seth8530

    One Mother Four Children Mead

    Whew! After a couple hours of work I manged to get three of these guys into kegs. The dry mead finished at 0.998, which means these guys are likely right around 7.5% ABV. I back sweetened one of them to 1.020 for a semi-sweet to sweet mead and I backsweetened the strawberry mead up to 1.030...
  2. seth8530

    One Mother Four Children Mead

    Its great to be back at it again. I feel ya. I finished school a couple of years ago and things got a lot better after that.
  3. seth8530

    One Mother Four Children Mead

    Racked to secondary. Gravity was around 1.008 so it still has a bit to go. Here is a picture of the strawberry mead with around 12 lbs of berries.
  4. seth8530

    One Mother Four Children Mead

    Gravity is now at 1.040. Going to go ahead and add the rest of the nutrient in.
  5. seth8530

    One Mother Four Children Mead

    2lbs 14 oz is pretty darn close by my reckoning. But I feel your pain. I would not of had this problem if i was not using a silly digital bathroom scale. To me I figured eh 5.5 percent 7 percent. Both would make me happy so I went with it. If I was really confident about my volume I could have...
  6. seth8530

    One Mother Four Children Mead

    Got this guy going with a buddy tonight. Thus far we are following the plan pretty well except it took around 2.9 gallons of honey to hit our target of 32 lbs of honey. Volume should be pretty close to 26 gallons. Original gravity is measured at 1.056 via refractomater. We should have measured...
  7. seth8530

    Aging Mead, questions

    Ageability depends on the kind of mead you are making. Lower ABV meads if made right (5-8)% can have a pretty quick turn around 1-2 months. As was alluded to before the goal of aging is not to make up for a flawed fermentation but to allow the mead to come together. With my mine strength meads I...
  8. seth8530

    One Mother Four Children Mead

    I am back at making session mead again. The plan is to have one 26 gallon batch of mead and split it into 4 six gallon sub batches. ABV will be kept low to encourage a faster turn around and also to deliver a fresh and refreshing taste. The last batch I tried to make I ended up using too much...
  9. seth8530

    Big Blackberry Blossom Mead

    I racked this guy to carboy a few weeks back. He seems pretty happen and no obvious off flavors. Time will tell how this guy turns out.
  10. seth8530

    Big Blackberry Blossom Mead

    This guy is crawling on along. We just hit 1.070 added the rest of the fermaidO and I turned the heat back up to 60F from 57.
  11. seth8530

    Big Blackberry Blossom Mead

    Took a while to get out of lag phase. I had to warm it up to 65F. However, we got a nice head now. I went on and added 17 grams of fermaidK to it. Around 1.070 I will add the rest of the fermaidO. So far it has a very nice and floral smell.
  12. seth8530

    Mead Recipe help

    Nope, nothing special. I would tune your batch size so that once you rack out of primary you can fill the carboy all the way up.
  13. seth8530

    Mead Recipe help

    You need containers for aging which prevent oxygen ingress. Most people use carboys (generally in the 5 to 6 gallon size) or kegs. With most any mead most of the time is spent aging and not fermenting. I suggest you go for a 5 to 6 gallon batch size.
  14. seth8530

    Mead Recipe help

    You plan on making 3 gallons. What do you plan on aging it in? Also, do you have enough nutrient? Generally with go ferm you use 1.25 the mass of go ferm as the mass of yeast you use. Leme know if you want some pointers.
  15. seth8530

    Big Blackberry Blossom Mead

    Alright, honey is nice and mixed up. Nutrient addition is going to plan so far. Initial gravity is 1.103 once temperature corrected. Must is at around 88 degrees right now. Gonna wait a bit for it to cool off before I pitch.
  16. seth8530

    Big Blackberry Blossom Mead

    Hey all, it has been quite a while since I have put together a wine strength mead. Just this past week I managed to get a shipment of 6 gallons of blackberry blossom mean in from Salem, Oregon and I figured the time was ripe to get a batch going. So here is the plan. I want 16 gallons in...
  17. seth8530

    Washington State Mead Adventure!

    Alright, so a lesson has been learned from making these meads. While I would say that they were all pretty good. They were not quite what they could have been. One of the most consistent portions of review feedback that I received was that there was an overt nutrient flavor in the mead and thus...
  18. seth8530

    Washington Imperial Stout Mead - The Darkest Sin -

    Hah on the young side lol, at least at heart 26.
  19. seth8530

    Washington Imperial Stout Mead - The Darkest Sin -

    Well, racked this guy and backsweetened with around a gallon of carmalyzed buckwheat to bring the gravity to around 1.026. I added about 1 gallon of honey to 13 gallons of mead abv should be around 8.8 aka 9% abv. I racked some of the stuff that would not fit into carboys into a keg. Should be...
  20. seth8530

    Washington Imperial Stout Mead - The Darkest Sin -

    Racked into 3 5 gallon carboys. Had to dilute the last carboy by 1.5 gallons in order to reach the neck. Batch ABV was (1.084-1.004)*131 = 10.5% ABV. After dilution our ABV should be 9.5%.
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