View Full Version : Backsweeten BOMM in primary or secondary?

09-15-2015, 03:35 PM
I started a traditional 5 gallon BOMM about 10 days ago. Fermentation has all but stopped and I will open up the primary tonight and check FG but I suspect it has proceeded as anticipated and finished dry.

The one variation this has is that 1 lb of hibiscus flowers were cold steeped overnight into the mix water. In addition to the beautiful color, this is going to leave it pretty tart due to a whopping dose of vitamin C so my plan was to end up with sweet/semi-sweet mead with an FG of between 1.015 and 1.020. SG was a little low at 1.090 (I think I was slightly light on honey (11.8 lbs rather than 12) and heavy on water (failed to account for 1.5 liter of starter in the final volume).

Researched and, I suspect the 1388 won't kick up again with the additional honey this late in the game. I used Orange Blossom honey in the must but am considering an urban wildflower (a lighter than typical wildflower with an amazing floral taste) for the back sweetening.

As near as I can find out, 1/4 lb per gallon of honey/gallon of mead will raise FG about 0.005. 3 lbs (a quart) of honey should move me about 0.012

Can I pull a quart or so of the must, sweeten with a quart of honey and add back, test and then go in smaller increments - say 1/2 lb at a time?

My "taste tester" won't be over for a few days, can I do the initial addition in the primary, wait a few days to let things settle and ensure fermentation doesn't get going again, then rack to secondary for incremental adjustments if we think they are necessary?

09-15-2015, 08:25 PM
...Researched and, I suspect the 1388 won't kick up again with the additional honey this late in the game...

And you would be wrong. I've pushed 1388 to 19% ABV on occasion. If you feed more honey, you better wait quite a while to get a stabile gravity!

I'll be happy to help, but what is the current gravity?

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09-15-2015, 10:17 PM
I'm sitting at 1.02 with an occasional burp from the airlock. Ok with the ABV going up but want a good mead by Christmas. Have stabilizers on hand...

09-16-2015, 07:45 PM
Tempted as I am to add 20 ounces of honey and watch what happens to SG over the next few days.... I'm practicing patience.

09-18-2015, 06:29 PM
Add the honey and see what it does. Check it every few days to see if SG drops. If it stops below your target sweetness stabilize and backsweeten.