View Full Version : Does aging affect sweetness?

04-21-2015, 01:57 PM
My first two meads have been in the carboy since August 2014. I am planning to back sweeten both of them but they taste a little sweet to me already. I don't want to overdo it and have a very sweet mead 2 years from now. Does the sweetness tend to increase or decrease with age in mead?

Both of these are 3 gallon batches and I had planned to add about 2 lbs of honey to each to sweeten and then let it age some more before bottling, I am thinking now 1 lb for the 3 gallons may be enough. I need to do so bench testing but that will not tell me what affect age will have on it.

Marshmallow Blue
04-21-2015, 04:08 PM
If you had some fusel alcohols, it can taste a bit sweeter as those age out.

Just taste before you decide to sweeten. I usually only do a few ounces per gallon when sweetening, but I don't like them too too sweet.

04-21-2015, 08:42 PM
Thanks, I believe I will start with a few ounces to the gallon and let it age in the carboy more before bottling. I can always add more that way if I need to.