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11-13-2006, 05:01 PM
OK. I have a basic question.

I have assisted in 2 batches of mead and made one batch of melomel on my own already. In various recipies and even on this site I hear mention of racking back into the fermentation bucket and adding either sugar or corn syrup to the product before bottling. I have never seen this done. What purpose does it serve?


11-13-2006, 05:22 PM
Hi Fier ... welcome to the forums ! :wave:

Some people like to carbonate their meads .... racking into a bottling bucket and adding some priming sugar - or honey - before bottling will cause the mead to carbonate in the bottle - provided of course there is yeast still suspended in the mead.

I don't carbonate my meads, but that is exactly what I do with the beer that I brew !

11-14-2006, 01:26 AM
provided of course there is yeast still suspended in the mead.

AND if that yeast hasn't yet hit its alcohol tolerance. This may also be done to backsweeten, not to carbonate, a Mead that has ended too dry but has hit its alcohol tolerance.


11-14-2006, 11:46 AM
Ok. That both makes sense. My batch of Blue Heaven melomel could have used some back sweetening. its a cross of semi-sweet and dry all at the same time. I love the sweeter meads. but the little purple acid trip as I've called it still tastes wonderful... if still only under a year old.

Thank you for your advice.

Now on to my Orange Spice. Oranges are in season now, best time to get some done.