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11-21-2014, 04:36 PM
I followed the 1 gallon BOMM recipe below. But when I get everything mixed up, the OG is 1.078. The recipe says it should be around 1.099. Why would I be so much lower? The water is around 90 degrees because I had to put warm honey in there, could that be the reason? The honey had to be warmed because it was somewhat crystalized. I have added and mixed everything except for the yeast. Thanks for any help!

BOMM Recipe - 1 gallon
(Updated for clarity & post fermentation options)

Start with 1 gallon spring water.
Remove 1/2 cup water to compensate for smack pack volume.
Draw line on jugs at this water level.
Remove an additional 3.2 cups of water from jug (757 ml).
Add Orange Blossom honey (or your favorite varietal honey) back to line.
-About 2.5 lbs. SG 1.099ish.

Add 1/4 tsp DAP and 1/2 tsp of Fermaid K. Add these again at 2/3 (1.066) & 1/3 (1.033) sugar break.

Add 1/4 tsp K2CO3. One time addition.
-Potassium carbonate (K2CO3) is preferred due to high K+ levels, but potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) will work fine. This is for pH buffering and to provide K+ for the yeast.

Shake with the top on until honey is fully dissolved. It will require some effort! You're earning your mead!
Add activated Wyeast 1388 yeast smacked for about 2 hours.
No water in airlock for 7 days or the gravity falls below 1.033. Whichever comes first, add water or vodka to airlock.
Ferments dry in about a week.

11-21-2014, 08:02 PM
Well I waited a couple hours to see if the temp drop would raise the OG but it didn't. So I just added about another half pound of honey and got it bumped up to 1.094. Slung the yeast in there and called it a day.

11-21-2014, 09:43 PM
A good start.......

Am cold crashing my first batch of BOMM now to get it to clear up.