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Kmcogar 09-17-2012 03:54 PM

Do i need acid blend?
 
M doing my first batch of mead. I have everything but the acid blend. Is it neccassary?

delvorak 09-17-2012 10:52 PM

Usually it isn't. Honey is very acidic, and generally mead does not require additional acid. I've never used it, personally.

fatbloke 09-18-2012 04:49 AM

I mix my own, using the suggestion from Ashton & Duncans book "Making Mead" (long out of print, but used copies can be found). It's 2 parts malic to 1 part tartaric.

I only used it after the ferment has finished etc, then its added incrementally, too taste.

osgrimmy 09-18-2012 05:58 AM

I've made mead and never used it you should be fine

GinKings 09-18-2012 01:26 PM

Is it necessary? No.
Can it improve a mead? Absolutely.

I don't add it to all my meads, but I do add it to quite a few. Too little acid can leave a mead, cider, or wine dull and lifeless. A little acid can brighten the flavors. I look at it like adding salt to a dish or lemon to a piece of fish. The food was okay without it, but the salt and lemon can improve it. Like Fatbloke, I usually add it to taste post-fermentation in my meads. I add a measured amount to a small sample. When I like the blend, I scale it up for the full batch.

Kmcogar 09-18-2012 04:29 PM

Thanks all!


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