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    Default NewBee Here- Started First Mead Test Today

    Brand new here, signed up earlier today after staring my first mead micro test.

    Looking for a little critiquing on my first batch.....

    I'm calling this a micro test as I am fermenting in a 32oz gatorade bottle, recipe as follows....

    3/4lb wildflower honey (store bought, mid grade)

    20 raisins coarsely chopped

    filtered water to fill, leaving about an inch of head space

    3/8 cup granulated sugar added to get the starting gravity where I wanted it.

    1/4 packet Bread yeast
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    I started this around 3:30 pm with a starting gravity of 1.085 - 1.095, my goal is 10-12% abv .

    As of this post, 7 hours after pitching the yeast, it's bubbling steadily every 5-8 seconds.

    I'm going the cheapest route possible with this first test to decide if it's a hobby I want to get in to long term, does this at least look like a good start in the right direction?

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    read newbee guide and watch meadology series on youtube.
    And never add sugar in primary and only rarely in secondary. It adds sweetness/alcohol but no flavor

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    You need to learn more before you make another try. What you have made is not a good sample of what mead is. Lots of things missing in the above.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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