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Old 03-25-2012, 01:33 AM   #1
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I started this mead 2-26-12 and I just transferred my honey mead from primary bucket to carboy tonight. Do I need to top it off or leave it be? Thx in advance.

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Old 03-25-2012, 01:37 AM   #2
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That's too much headspace! You need to top off. A similar mead would be ideal, but if you don't have that, a wine or something else similar would be fine.

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I dont have anything but bottled water, whiskey, rum, vodka and some "special" stuff. Will water ruin it?

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I dont have anything but bottled water, whiskey, rum, vodka and some "special" stuff. Will water ruin it?
Water will water it down! If the recipe can support it, you can use water but that would be the least favorite choice. What size batch is it? Normally, you make more than the "batch size" just for this reason- when you rack, you need to make sure the fermenter is filled.
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Its a 3 gallon batch.

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I have a bottle of homebrewed blackberry wine.

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I have a bottle of homebrewed blackberry wine.
That doesn't seem right at all, as your mead looks like a sack mead (no other "stuff" in it).

Can you rack to two one-gallon containers? Or does your recipe have enough fermentables and instructs to top off with water?
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Whats a sack mead?

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I used 9lbs of honey, 2lbs brown sugar, roughly 2 1/2 gallons water and 2 packets of D47 yeast. I used the traditional recipe from hightest sticky.

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Sack mead is a rich honey mead with no fruit or other flavors, just a nice 14+% ABV mead.

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