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Old 10-21-2012, 01:59 AM   #1
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So i just made my first mead. Heated 12 lbs of honey @ 145 for 15 minutes and topped it up for a total of 5 gallons of added water. Took a gravity reading and its 1.063. Also added 3lb of blueberry puree...went to 1.067. Seems awful low. Does that sound right? Did I add too much water?


I'll be adding 8 lbs of fruit in the secondary, so maybe it'll pick up some gravity points there?



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Old 10-21-2012, 07:10 AM   #2
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Meh! it'll work, but will likely end up dry. Even with the secondary fruit, unless you stabilise after primary, then the sugars would back sweeten rather than ferment.



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That gravity sounds low. I would have expected something closer to 1.086. Is it possible that the honey isn't fully dissolved? There could be a layer of honey in the bottom of the bucket or carboy.

I wouldn't expect a fruit addition to raise gravity. Fruit does contain sugar, but it also contains water. The gravity of the juice of most fruits is lower than that of your mead.

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Well I ended up with close to 6 gallons total, so it might be possible I added too much water. In retrospect I should have taken a gravity reading before I topped up with the last 2 gallons of water. I didn't take into account that 12 lbs of honey would add volume of its own

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Did you calibrate your reading based on temperature of your must?

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Heated 12 lbs of honey @ 145 for 15 minutes and topped it up for a total of 5 gallons of added water.
Ignore my earlier OG estimate. I misread your first post. I thought it said "total of 5 gallons".

You can estimate gravities before you add all the water. Honey averages about 36 points of gravity per lb. Twelve pounds of honey would contain approx 432 points (12 x 36 = 432) Just divide 432 by batch size (432 / 6 = 72 or 1.072 estimated OG)
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Did you calibrate your reading based on temperature of your must?
How's that done?
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Would heating the must for too long or too high of a temp affect the gravity? There was a very sugary krausen like material left in the walls of my kettle



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