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    I'm almost ready to begin a Raspberry Melomel and I've been using the GotMead? calculator to determine the poundage of honey to use in a 5 gallon batch. The calc. says 12.5 lbs. honey for 5 gallons which creates a specific gravity must of 1.09 and that is an ABV of 12.22% with a final gravity of 0.998.
    The Raspberries will be racked onto after fermentation is complete.

    Does that sound right to you guys? Pretty accurate?

    Thanks,
    Jonas

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    That sounds like what will happen with a wine yeast. It'll finish pretty dry.
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    Sounds about right. Keep in mind that your berries will dilute the abv.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kudapucat View Post
    That sounds like what will happen with a wine yeast. It'll finish pretty dry.
    I'll be backsweetening Just before Bottling, so no prob!

    Quote Originally Posted by akueck View Post
    Sounds about right. Keep in mind that your berries will dilute the abv.
    Yes, I've thought of this. I plan on racking to sorbate and sulphite before the berries, allowing to sit for about 2 - 4 days, in order to cease any surviving yeast-ies.

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    The calculator gives pretty good estimates, and it is a great tool, but sometimes you find when you use a particular honey, the numbers are quite a bit off. It is best to use less than you think you need, and see where that gets you, and go up from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medsen Fey View Post
    The calculator gives pretty good estimates, and it is a great tool, but sometimes you find when you use a particular honey, the numbers are quite a bit off. It is best to use less than you think you need, and see where that gets you, and go up from there.
    I did think of that, but very good suggestion! I'm thinking what I'll do is Thoroughly mix in 11 lbs honey, instead of the full 12.5, and then take a hydrometer reading.

    That brings up a question I've been meaning to ask. Hydrometer, or Refractometer? I like the idea of a Refract., so what are the pro's and con's?

    Thanks,
    Jonas

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    The Search tool is your friend - though some of the threads are in the Patron's area. This subject had been covered pretty well.
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