View Full Version : How much mead should be made to end up with a 1 gal yield?

04-17-2009, 10:27 PM
So, I recently acquired two 1 gal. carboys and realized how awesome it was, because now I could brew test batches and not throw my money away! But I am curious about something. Assuming that you want to the 1 gal. carboys or containers for your secondary, tertiary, etc. how much of the original brew should be made? I was thinking 2 gallons (for topping off and such), but I'm not really sure.

04-17-2009, 11:33 PM
That is going to depend a lot on the mead. Melomels using whole fruit tend to lose more volume from primary to secondary, for example, due to fruit solids. A traditional won't lose as much. It also depends on how close you get to the bottom when you are racking (I tend to get a little more daring with small batches).

I'd think that if you started with 1.5 gallons, you'd be able to fill that gallon jug for most recipes.

04-19-2009, 11:20 PM
With this recipe...


...which is basically just a JOA, I get about 3.25 quarts.

So, I'd concur that 1.5 Gallons would give you a gallon, and some extra to enjoy.

Medsen Fey
04-20-2009, 09:01 AM
If you start with 2 gallons, there will be plenty for a full 1 gallon plus some left over for topping up even if you bulk age it for a long while. I have found the best way for me to keep that extra mead is to put it it PET bottles (like soda bottles) and squeeze them to displace all the air before putting the cap on. If any subsequent fermentation happens to occur, you'll see the bottles swell and can release the pressure.