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Old 09-18-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default hello been a while, looking to try a mead finally

hey ladies an gents,

curious about a mead that is not sweet . love to be around 20% but i know thats tough. wanna try to put it on some oak cubes. I'm a big whiskey drinker and hate sweet stuff. should I be in the 3 lb honey per gallon range? using EC 118.

I saw where one used 5 lbs per gallon but that won't all ferment out so prolly be sweet right?

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Old 09-18-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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3lbs per gallon won't get you 20%. BUT using 5lbs per gal up front will stall you out. Using the calculator on GotMead

4.5lbs per gallon will net you 20.22% if its dry.

In order to do this you should ferment 3lbs per gallon and add the rest in gradually. Search "Step feeding" and "staggered Nutrient addition" while you're at it.

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Old 09-18-2013, 04:18 PM   #3
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ok great! will try that cap! God bless

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Old 09-18-2013, 06:27 PM   #4
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Don't just leap at a champagne yeast either..... they're not a magic bullet !

K1-V1116 would be a good start, you should, with a bit of care and caution get you 18% or if you like a challenge you could try WLP099 from White Labs or there's some eau-de-vie yeasts, those ones allegedly, do 20% +.....

MmB's suggestions are spot on. It will likely take some effort but is doable.....

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Old 09-19-2013, 03:14 AM   #5
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ok cool I have d 47 too. I've used white labs before in beer. so cool. thanks brotha man ! God bless yall

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