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Old 08-08-2012, 05:58 PM   #11
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I'll take a picture. I've been home brewing beer for almost two years just didn't know if a
Mead would read different on the hydrometer.

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #12
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17 pounds of honey should be fine in a five gallon batch

I plugged this into a calculator and got:

OG 1.089
FG 1.022
ABV 8.6 %
I have three hydrometer and none of them read the same...

Calibrate it in some distilled water....

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I think you are alright
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #13
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17 pounds of honey should be fine in a five gallon batch

I plugged this into a calculator and got:
OG 1.089
FG 1.022
ABV 8.6 %
You might want to check your numbers. I calculate a 1.122 OG with 17 lbs in a 5 gallon batch. That is also what the OP got with a hydrometer. Not sure where your FG came from.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:56 PM   #14
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You might want to check your numbers. I calculate a 1.122 OG with 17 lbs in a 5 gallon batch. That is also what the OP got with a hydrometer. Not sure where your FG came from.
I just tossed in 17 pounds of honey in to the Tasty Brew on-line calculator...

Well?? I think that's what I did... but I have never used it for mead... I just toss those together and they taste the way they taste...

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:20 PM   #15
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I just tossed in 17 pounds of honey in to the Tasty Brew on-line calculator...

Well?? I think that's what I did... but I have never used it for mead... I just toss those together and they taste the way they taste...

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I'm gonna guess you entered the honey as you would grain. Their default is 75% efficiency for mashing grain. So, you got an OG that was only 75% of what it should have been.
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I'm gonna guess you entered the honey as you would grain. Their default is 75% efficiency for mashing grain. So, you got an OG that was only 75% of what it should have been.
Agreed...
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:45 AM   #17
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The problem here is the one gallon plus five pounds of wildflower honey. Honey typically has a 1.5 - 2.0 / 1 ratio of weight with water. If you dumped a one gallon container plus five pounds of honey, you most likely threw 17 - 21 lbs. of honey into this batch (not the water weight of 8 + 5 = 13).

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Arrrggghh. Damn iPad app. I was trying to say that the volume of the container of honey does not equal its weight, so a gallon container would likely be 12-16 lbs of honey, plus the five you added. This would make a must sufficiently sweet to end up with the FG you claim, I think. I dunno why it has stuck though, as it seems it should've fallen more even with my extreme scenario.

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At 1.200 I would expect the yeast to have some difficulty even starting a fermentation.

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