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GntlKnigt1
03-17-2004, 08:08 AM
Am making my first batch of mead, and what was originally going to be a 7 gal. batch is not up to 7.5 gallons, one 5 gallon and one 2.5 gallon. Secondary fermentation has completed on the 2.5 gallon batch, and SG was about 1.0. Tasted nasty. I added about 2 1/2 cups of honey (and 1.5 tsp. of stabilizer), which brought SG up to about 1.20, but due to all the other raw flavors (still pretty nasty), am not sure if it will be sweet enough when I go to bottle it after it finishes settling out. Does anyone have a suggested range for ending/final specific gravity? (I have a complete log of what has transpired thus far with this batch, should you be interested).

JamesP
03-17-2004, 09:10 AM
From the Michael L. Hall treatise on Mead Judging
http://www.hbd.org/atommash/hall/mead_judging.pdf

which has three sweetness ranges defined: Dry, Medium & Sweet
comes the following

Roughly, a dry mead will have a final gravity less than 1.010, a medium mead will fall in the range from 1.010 to 1.025, and a sweet mead will be greater than 1.025.

Somewhere else IIRC I've seen it split into 4 groupings of something like dry/semi-sweet/sweet/sack at <1.010, 1.010-1.020, 1.020-1.030 & >1.030

One thing I have found is that sweetness in mead tends to be more "honeyed" than in wine (glycerin-like mouthfeel)

Cheers
James

GntlKnigt1
03-17-2004, 09:17 AM
Thanks... that is EXACTLY the info I was looking for !!!

Jmattioli
03-17-2004, 07:26 PM
Why does it taste nasty? What is your type honey and exact recipe? Joe