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Thread: 1st attempt and question about how long to bottle age

  1. Default 1st attempt and question about how long to bottle age

    Hi all, my first batch of meade turned out pretty well! I just saw the Oskaar recipe that is sticky in this form, so maybe I will try that in the future, if I can decipher all the jargon and codes

    the recipe I used:

    12 pounds raw rocky mountain wildflower honey (from honeyville) note: did not boil the raw honey
    4 gallon h20
    12 tsp malic acid
    2 tsp tartaric acid
    1 tsp black tea leaves
    3 packets red star premier cuvee yeast
    5 tsp fermax energizer, staggered into 2-3 doses

    The potential SG = 13%

    day 0 started in 6 gal plastic bucket, aerated daily
    day 5 racked to 6 gal glass carboy with airlock
    day 13 SG 1.000 measured, and re-racked to cleaned glass carboy
    day ~42 re-racked to cleaned glass carboy
    day ~60 bottling:
    added ~1.5 pounds honey (boiled) and then 4tsp potassium sorbate prior to bottling
    but I did not use any metabisulfite

    The meade is pretty tasty, although acidic and tart to the point of almost tasting like a cider. A very strong honey cider

    My questions:

    1. What is the risk for spoilage because I did not use any sulfates? I might be sensitive to sulfates or sulfites. For example if I eat a whole bunch of dried apricots with sulfates I can feel flushed and a tickle in my throat. I am kind wanting to make meade organic as possible as well, therefore did not add sulfates. Should I just get over it, and pitch some in next time. I want to have a mead that can be bottle aged and treasured.

    2. What is the shelf life looking like now, because I did back-sweeten and add the potassium sorbate? I have read that this can turn into some off odor like geraniums as it ages. I have no idea what geraniums smell like, so probably would not know it even if this occurred. But if I give some bottles as gifts I want to be able to say - drink this within a year or something.

    Thanks so much!

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    You will need to add potassium metabisulfate along with the sorbet and you shouldn't have that problem
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squatchy View Post
    You will need to add potassium metabisulfate along with the sorbet and you shouldn't have that problem
    Thanks, I got that. I was wondering more what are the prospects for the current batch? i.e. tell people to drink it soon, or tell them let the bottles age?

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    I would say with in one year.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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