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Old 01-19-2011, 07:38 PM   #11
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I checked today, and it is at 1.003. I rack it off the hibiscus in another week, and I will take another reading then. It is dropping a bit faster than expected, but but may be right on.



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Old 02-10-2011, 01:18 AM   #12
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I took a taste on 1/22 and there was a slight vegetable flavor so I racked the mead off the hibiscus flowers. I checked the gravity a few days ago and it was a smidge below 1.000, maybe .97 or so. I figured I would give it another try since I had some in the hydrometer tube anyway, and I tasted an only slight vegetable flavor. It's a good thing I decided to rack a little earlier than planned.

The air lock had stopped bubbling altogether a few days ago. I gave it a taste, and all the residual sweetness had left the mead and there wasn't a trace of ginger in the flavor at all. I figured I'd like to see if I could get it bubbling again, so I heated a little less than a pint water in a pot, added a tad shy of 3 lb of Mesquite honey and about 2 oz of sliced ginger root. I let that hang out at about 160 degrees for about 10 minutes. Then I let it cool, and I slowly added the honey ginger water to the rest of the mead.

I forgot to take another gravity reading at that point, but it is bubbling every 5 - 10 seconds now. It does have a little bit of that "hot" alcohol taste, but I imagine that will mellow in time. I'm not scheduled to do anything with it for a few weeks, but I will report on it then.

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