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    Default Questions on my first mead attempt. Maybe a JAO

    OK, been reading quite a bit now, but I have a few questions. First, I have been brewing beer for about 12 years now, so I am not a complete newb to home fermenting, just a complete NewBee to mead

    Before coming here and reading for hours, I wanted to make a pure basic honey mead, with nothing added. I have a good local source on some delicious honey (not processed, not even a label on the jar, but tasty), and I want to 'pay homage' to the flavor of the honey and the generosity of the apiarist who so kindly gave me the honey for free. So, I wanted to make a pure mead that would not have the flavor of the honey 'covered' by the extras added in. Additionally, I would prefer to make a dry, or slightly off-dry mead.

    However, after reading the beginners guide, there seems to be some merit to making a JAO;
    1. quicker total process time from start to drink (remember, I'm use to beer brewing),
    2. almost foolproof for us NewBees.

    The other issue I have is I want to make a 3 gallon batch, since I have a 3 gallon type1 food grade plastic carboy. I will primary in my 6 gallon bucket carboy, but would like to secondary in the 3 gallon plastic.

    From what I have read around here, since it will only be secondary fermenting for maybe 3 months, that shouldn't be a problem. Does anyone agree with this point?

    Since I am making 3 gallons, can I scale the honey amount from one gallon up to three, but keep the extra ingredients down at the 1 or 2 gallon level?

    I know, I know, if I mess with the ingredients, I void my warranty, but the reason I ask, is because of the items I listed above in the second paragraph.

    Thanks for the help!
    Living and Working in Brownsburg, IN
    (My work gig to support my Wine Habbit)

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    i have been dabbling with mead less than a year and from what i can tell so far you can just about do anything with mead as long as you like it! good luck and be creative!
    Never Ride Faster Than Your Angel Can Fly
    If U Cant Tell Im New To Mead U Probably R To! '09

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