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    Hello all, Iím writing from Nova Scotia Canada and am new to the mead scene! Recently bought some beeís for making my mead! Have made a few with not the results Iím after.. so Iím going to get to the point and tell you exactly what Iím after and hope someone can help me out..
    I want a recipe that is quick and ends in around 6-8% alcohol.. once finished I would like to flavour it. And then throw it in the keg for carbonation.. Iíve tried a few mead mojitoís with not great success. So my plan is to have a mead finish off then add mint, or mint extract with lime. And donít want it to sweet, My recipes Iíve been using are very basic including honey water yeast and yeast energizer. But comming out too sweet if I cold crash to stop fermentation at my 6-8% or way to strong if I let it go..
    Some help would be awesome!

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    So have you tried to start with only enough honey to reach 6-8% if it goes dry. After that stabilize and back sweeten to taste then carbonate in your keg.

    Seems like this would be a successful strategy and give you better control of both ABV and sweetness.

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    Thanks for the reply!
    Well that was my next attempt. As you all know honey is very valuable and Ive wasted to much at this point. Would you have a recommendation of how much honey to add to end with that low of percentage?
    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thompsoncentre View Post
    Thanks for the reply!
    Well that was my next attempt. As you all know honey is very valuable and Ive wasted to much at this point. Would you have a recommendation of how much honey to add to end with that low of percentage?
    Thanks again!
    Learn how to use the gotmead batch calculator. The link for it is at the top of the web page. You need to pick two of the categories. Sounds like you'll want to check off and enter data for batch size and target gravity (enter in data for ABV). It will then tell you how much honey you'll need. The sugar content of honey is varies, but it should be close. You should also have a hydrometer, which should not only have the scale for specific gravity, but also have one for potential ABV.

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    Oh thanks for the tip! I found in the mean time 1 pound will make 4.99% alcohol for a 1 gallon batch. So I will make the same recipe. 1 pound honey. Water yeast an energizer. I have been using d47. Do you guys reccomended another yeast?
    Once done bubbeling and SG is met I will rack off and then add my flavours to taste before kegging. Anyone see an issue with this or any tips to make this better?

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    Never used D47 but it is said to add to mouthfeel which is usually lacking in a low ABV mead. However it also has a reputation for producing harsh fussel alcohols if fermented over about 18 C.

    Keep it reasonably cool during fermentation and it should be good.

    I also like DV10 for the added mouthfeel.



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    Hi Thompsoncenter - and welcome. One and a half pounds of typical honey when mixed with water to make a US gallon will increase the gravity of the water to about 1.052 (+/-) and if that amount of honey is fully fermented then you have a mead with about 7% alcohol by volume.

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    Thanks so much for the reply guys.. so the simple recipe I have planned to make using honey, water, yeast and yeast energizer sounds good to everyone? Is there anything else I should add? Or just start of with this for now?
    Again thanks for the replyís

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thompsoncentre View Post
    Thanks so much for the reply guys.. so the simple recipe I have planned to make using honey, water, yeast and yeast energizer sounds good to everyone? Is there anything else I should add? Or just start off with this for now?
    Again thanks for the reply’s
    If you spend the time to learn to make a good traditional this will raise the bar for every other mead you would ever make in your life. Some might not think traditionals are sexy enough. Even if that's your feeling, It is still the best mead to learn with as there is nowhere for your flaws to hide. So you are left standing looking in the mirror naked so to speak. If you want to get good at making mead. Just stick with trads until you have the science down. You will be much further along, in the long run, doing this.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    Totally agree with Squatchy on this. But I would make a small change to your "basic recipe". In place of "energizer" look for yeast nutrient. Something like Fermaid O or Fermaid K. Nutrient contains all the key organic compounds and elements that yeast need (and which honey lacks) but energizer only has some. It's more like the equivalent of a shot of coffee than a fully balanced diet.

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