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cessnat37
06-05-2006, 08:13 PM
I am currently fermenting batch of mead. The O.G. hydrometer read 32.8 ounces of sugar before starting fermentation. But how can this be? I know I used at least 50 ounces of honey. Is there something I am not understanding?

JamesP
06-05-2006, 09:45 PM
honey is around the 78% sugars (that's very rough, and each honey is different).

Your figures seem to suggest 65.8% sugars in the honey.

I would rely mostly on the Specific gravity or potential Alcohol, rather than the sugar amount, so if your yeast can handle only 14% Alc (SG=1.104), and you want it semi-sweet (SG=1.010 ?) then add 0.9% Alc (14.9% or roughly 15% Alc), or go for SG=1.110

Of course, it depends on your yeast (and they behave however they feel like at the time).