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Old 04-27-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Hello All. Hope you can help.
Made my first batch of mead and it had been sitting in the glass carboy for 3 months. Just took a gravity for bottling and it read out at 1.040. Instructions say the final gravity should be 1.017 or less. I plan on leaving it in the carboy for another 30 days but I'm not sure the gravity will drop that much. Any advice on what I should do moving forward? Thx.

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Old 04-27-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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Hello All. Hope you can help.
Made my first batch of mead and it had been sitting in the glass carboy for 3 months. Just took a gravity for bottling and it read out at 1.040. Instructions say the final gravity should be 1.017 or less. I plan on leaving it in the carboy for another 30 days but I'm not sure the gravity will drop that much. Any advice on what I should do moving forward? Thx.
The FG depends on many factors- notably the OG and the yeast strain. If you started, for example, at 1.100 for the OG the Fg would likely be .990. If your SG now is 1.040, it's very very sweet and so I'd think that either the OG was very high at the beginning, the yeast strain was rather unattenuative, the nutrients were lacking, or all of the above.

It really depends on the recipe, and the yeast strain.
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The FG depends on many factors- notably the OG and the yeast strain. If you started, for example, at 1.100 for the OG the Fg would likely be .990. If your SG now is 1.040, it's very very sweet and so I'd think that either the OG was very high at the beginning, the yeast strain was rather unattenuative, the nutrients were lacking, or all of the above.

It really depends on the recipe, and the yeast strain.
Should I re-pitch some new yeast?
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Should I re-pitch some new yeast?
Well, not if it's already at 10%+ ABV, as the new yeast won't do anything. What was the OG?
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I say bollocks to all the hassle......

Fortify it with your chosen spirit.......

Vodka will do a neutral job.

Brandy or whisky will do an equally good job but add to the mix of flavours......

1.010 to 1.020 is plenty sweet enough........

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well, not if it's already at 10%+ abv, as the new yeast won't do anything. What was the og?
1.060
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1.060 to 1.040 and holding means stuck ferment...Even the lowliest ale yeast should be able to take 1.060 to dry as a bone in nothing flat.

What was the recipe...how much honey, volume of the batch, type of yeast, any other ingredients, nutrients, etc? Perhaps you meant the OG was 1.160? Or are you possibly reading your hydrometer incorrectly? Something doesn't seem right....

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Long term update. I let the mead sit for a few more months in the carboy. Got FG down to 1.010. Bottled. Sample tastes great. Thanks for the advice.

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Just goes to show that many times we just need to chill and let the yeast do what needs to be done...

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