View Full Version : Adding a Little More Honey After Racking

02-17-2006, 02:13 PM
Hello all,

Is this an accepted practice? I racked my mead last night and added 1/2 gallon of maple syrup to 4.5 gallon (total 5 gallons) Working out my gravities, etc I think the mead might be a bit too dry. The gravity last night was 0.997 (OG 20 Brix - approx. 1 gallon honey in 3.5 gallons water) with the maple syrup added and the tolerance level of the 71B I'm using I think it might be a bit too dry.

Can I add a lb of honey to a little water and add it to my fermentors at this point? Or should I wait and back-sweeten when it's all over?

Thanks in advance,

Boston, MA.

Dan McFeeley
02-17-2006, 02:50 PM
I'd say it's best to wait for the fermentation to cease. Adding more fermentable sugars only prolongs the yeasties final agonies, possibly introducing some off flavors you may not want. The yeasties that hang on to the end are the Darwinian ones (survival of the fittest), and you may not want them fermenting away for extended periods. ;D

Backsweetening when the fermentation has truly ceased allows more control over the end product. You can measure and guess how much to add, whereas, you don't have that kind of leeway with an active fermentation.

Hope this is helpful!

02-17-2006, 03:24 PM
what dan said. :)

02-17-2006, 07:24 PM
Yeah, I made the mistake of adding more honey... That thing is still kicking. I'd wait until it's done.