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12-17-2012, 01:32 PM
Is there a formula to figure out how many SG points a 1/4 of a pound of honey that is added to 1 gallon of mead equals - like .020 points?

Should I mix the honey with water to make a solution then pour it into the mead or just dump the honey into the mead and let it all mix together?


12-17-2012, 01:39 PM
It depends. If the honey is very crystalized I will mix the honey with some of the water in a pan and then add that to the fermenter. Otherwise if the honey is more liquid you can mix the honey and water directly in the fermenter with a long stirer.

Medsen Fey
12-17-2012, 02:51 PM
As a rough rule of thumb 1pound of honey in a gallon of must gives about 38 gravity points. So, 1/4 of a pound would give around 9-10.

For your specific honey, if you take one ounce (wgt) of honey and mix it in 1 cup of liquid, that will give the same gravity that you'll get adding 1 pound to a gallon.

Chevette Girl
12-19-2012, 12:36 AM
If you just dump the honey in as is and stir it for long enough, it will dissolve. Even if you didn't stir, it would eventually dissolve, yay for diffusion. If you mix it with some must first, it'll mix a lot more easily.