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Old 10-27-2012, 11:47 PM   #11
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See my post below.

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Old 10-27-2012, 11:50 PM   #12
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1. Boil 5 gallons of water then turn off the heat
2. Stir in the 15 lbs honey
3. Stir in 2 tsp yeast nutrient
4. Cool it to 65-70F
5. Pour it into your fermenter
6. Stir it up real good to get some air into it
7. Pour the yeast in, cover the fermenter with the lid or plastic sheet
8. After 2 weeks siphon it into a 5 gallon carboy
9. Put an air lock on keep it cool and dark
10. After six months bottle it with 250 ml wine conditioner
12. Let the bottles age 1 or 2 years
13. Success!
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:53 PM   #13
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You can also taste the mead as you are adding sweetener to get it the way you want. 250 ml gives me enough sweetness to balance the alcohol but your preference will likely be different.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:46 AM   #14
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got it. Thanks for the info

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personally I'd only boil 4 gallons of water and then stir in the honey. Check the volume after combining to try and get to 5 to 5.5 gallons with the honey - adding water if needed. I trust my water so the real reason I'd heat water is to mix the honey in.

If you add 15 lb of honey ot 5 gallons of water, you will have about 6+gallons of must (must is the name for unfermented wine/mead).

Granted boiling the 5 gallons reduce the water volume because you boil off some, but I doubt 1 gallons worth off a boil.

I've also airlocked at the beginning, and then do a couple of other steps that help the ferment (like some more yeast nutrient, and 'thumping' the fermentor to help degas in the early ferment. I do this by hitting the fermentor with the side of my fist. The goal is to vibrate the wine a little and encourage some CO2 to exit and ease yeast stress.) BUT neither of those 2 things is needed.

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thank you that is also very helpful. How much water would you boil then? I only have a 5 gal carboy available for mead as my other 6 gal ones are currently fermenting beer. Would 4 gal of water and 15lbs of honey be alright?

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thank you that is also very helpful. How much water would you boil then? I only have a 5 gal carboy available for mead as my other 6 gal ones are currently fermenting beer. Would 4 gal of water and 15lbs of honey be alright?
I would err on less water. If the water is even warm it's pretty easy to dissolve the honey into it, and you can always add water afterwards if you still have volume to fill. But if you start with too much water and dissolve the honey into it, you're sorta hosed and you lose out on some honey.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:25 AM   #18
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If you're planning on making carboy size batches of mead regularly, just invest in one of those double wing wine aerators. Oh that thing saves so much time in mixing honey into water and aerating the ?$$%@ out of it. I use that on a 1/2" cheapie Harbor Freight variable speed drill and within maybe 30 seconds it mixes the honey so well nothing dissolves out. Crystallized honey is always a challenge, if you can heat it to like 110F in the container you want to pour it from a funnel into the carboy it is easiest. My rough estimates seem to be that honey takes roughly roughly 1/6 to 1/4 of the volume of the carboy.

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12lb of honey is roughly 1 gallon of liquid, so 15lb should be about 1.25 gallons (5 quarts) I'd look to initially mix that with about 3 to 3.5 gallons of water and then topoff after it was all in the carboy

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DON'T BOIL THE HONEY!!!!

Unless the honey is heavily crystalized, you won't even need to heat the water at all. I would also seriously advise the OP goes to the Got Mead? forums/site for information, tips, tricks, and assistance. There's a calculation tool on the site too, to give you a decent idea of what to mix up. You'll need to have some idea of the sugar concentration of the honey, or just use the default values.
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