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jrigal
09-30-2005, 11:51 PM
When you figure the honey to gallon ratio, say you're doing a sweet mead at 3 lbs to 1 gallon, is that 3 lbs to 1 gallon of water? Or 3 lbs to 1 gallon of must?

JoeM
10-01-2005, 12:40 AM
One gallon of must. Total final volume.

jrigal
10-01-2005, 01:24 AM
That's what I thought. In the middle of my first batch and having a little brain flatulence. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks!

Brewbear
10-01-2005, 12:10 PM
Also take into account your yeast!!! The alcohol tolerance for each strain of yeast will determine the amount of residual sugars--> how sweet or dry will your mead finish. The additional fermentable sugars (from fruit, juices, etc) will add to the overall picture.
Just honey and water will have a PABV of 14.85% --> most yeasts will ferment to dryness.
Honey + fruit + water will raise the PABV ( say 16.11%) ---> many yeasts will leave residual sugars after fermenting to completion.

Hope that helps,

Ted

CheshireCat
10-08-2005, 02:04 PM
I did the same calculations, and now it seems my "3 gallon mead experment" has turned into a 5 gallon Behemoth! No worries, though, just much more to drink than I had expected! :D

Dmntd
10-08-2005, 02:20 PM
Hey Cheshire,

I can only speak for myself... but the 9 maybe 10 bottle variance between a 3 gal and 5 gal. run isn't that much.

Anthony

To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
~ Homer J. Simpson