About 2 months I got some great feedback from everybody regarding some concerns I had on my 6 gallon batch of mead. Today I racked it again, it's 3 months in and it seems to be doing pretty well. It does still appear to be rather gassy, but it has cleared a bit and I had a taste today just to see how it's developing. I will say that it's quite a bit more dry than I was expecting--not super dry, but not really that sweet either. I've considered back sweetening later on, but I also want to give it a fair chance to develop, so I'm still undecided about it. Thoughts?
Looking back, I think I might have been just a bit over-ambitious in making a 6 gallon batch for my very first batch. Since then I've scaled it down to trying my hand at some 1 gallon batches, and have been quite pleased so far with my results. One batch of JAOM is so close to ready, most of the fruit has dropped, and I have a JAOM blackberry variant that is looking great too.
Hope everyone is having a fine afternoon!
(If it matters at this point or anyone is curious, here is the recipe I used for the 6 gallon batch.)
4 gallons of spring water
2 packets of Lalvin 71 B-1122 yeast
15 lbs. of dutch gold orange blossom honey
1/2 teaspon each of yeast energizer and yeast nutrient