Last days to enter the BrewHardware Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > SG for meads?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-20-2005, 05:46 PM   #1
mrkeeg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sundre, AB
Posts: 229
Default SG for meads?

Hi all,
I can't seem to find much of a guide for what the starting specific gravity should be for a moderate mead.

Mine is 1.07 after yeast addition ... seems like that might be a tad low?

Thanks,
Keegan

__________________
mrkeeg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-20-2005, 05:53 PM   #2
homebrewer_99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,951
Liked 89 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

That's a respectable OG.

What's your recipe?

__________________
HB Bill
homebrewer_99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-20-2005, 06:12 PM   #3
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,666
Liked 139 Times on 132 Posts

Default

Don't forget, that unlike ales, a mead will attenuate 100% and end up at 1.000 or lower. That's an ABV of 9%

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk


david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-20-2005, 07:05 PM   #4
homebrewer_99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,951
Liked 89 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

My peach melomel is now at 0.996!

I just blended up 6 lbs of mangos for a future mead. Instructions I found said to mix it with a honey blend/syrup.

I just added about 1 lb of honey and processed it. Now it's all bagged, measured and in the freezer.

__________________
HB Bill

homebrewer_99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-20-2005, 08:24 PM   #5
mrkeeg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sundre, AB
Posts: 229
Default

9% ... so pretty mild for a wine... ah well... if I really want I spose I can add some more honey when I move to the secondary...

The recipe... well... you guys will laugh, but we just did this as a "mead making party" ... so 6 of us in my tiny bsmt suite kitchen... 3 pots going... we didn't strictly stick to a recipe. However, we kept it fairly traditional... somewhere over a gallon of honey, some cinnamin sticks, some cloves and a bit of allspice in a hop sock, some black tea, and at the end, the juice of a few lemmons and limes. Then this morning a starter from a Zinfandel yeast smack pak.

Thanks,
Keegan

__________________
mrkeeg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-21-2005, 05:19 AM   #6
mrkeeg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sundre, AB
Posts: 229
Default

Will mead in the primary foam up like beer does? It's 12hrs since pitching the starter... it looks like something is settling into the bottom 1-2 inches.. and there is just a teeny bit of scum on the top ..... ?

__________________
mrkeeg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-22-2005, 02:57 PM   #7
DeRoux's Broux
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
DeRoux's Broux's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Beaumont, Texas
Posts: 2,966
Liked 6 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mrkeeg
Hi all,
I can't seem to find much of a guide for what the starting specific gravity should be for a moderate mead.

Mine is 1.07 after yeast addition ... seems like that might be a tad low?

Thanks,
Keegan
according to the November issues of Brew Your Own, some of the recipes listed have an OG of 1.110, 1.120, 1.095, 1.111, and 1.093.
__________________

Cheers!
DeRoux's Broux

DeRoux's Broux is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-22-2005, 09:06 PM   #8
Caplan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,165
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

With a wine yeast you could definately go more honey and it'll still finish below 1000. It'll be dryer, higher in alcohol but harsh - it'll take a lot longer to age out than an ale/cider yeast etc working at a lower OG. Both ways make great meads but it depends how long you want to wait!

__________________
Caplan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-16-2006, 08:31 AM   #9
mrkeeg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sundre, AB
Posts: 229
Default

Well... the activity has slowed and it's been racked a second time and is finally starting to clear (2.5 months or so have passed). When I tasted it on racking, it is still seems rather sweet. I wonder if this is something that will mellow and balance with time, or... should I add some nutrient and a drier yeast (zinfandel yeast? what was I thinking?), shake it up, warm it up a bit, and see if I can dry it out a bit?

Thanks for your thoughts,
Keegan

__________________
mrkeeg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-16-2006, 08:39 PM   #10
mrkeeg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sundre, AB
Posts: 229
Default

in fact, I just measured from the theif, and it's only 1.020. unless the residual peroxide from sanitizing my thief had an effect.

... but there seems to be no more activity... and actuall it tastes alright... for something that sweet...

clarifying very well now.

So... call it done and bottle a sweet mead? Maybe I don't need new yeast... I looked up the zinfandel yeast and it's supposed to tolerate up to 18% abv... but add some nutrient, shake it up, warm it up, and try to push it lower?

Keegan

__________________

mrkeeg is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Inspiring Meads digdan Mead Forum 8 03-20-2009 06:16 PM
Common For Meads? DuffmanAK Mead Forum 2 12-30-2008 09:34 PM
Birthday meads!! Brewin_Bob Mead Forum 15 11-25-2008 02:12 PM
Meads and ALC% MikeFlynn74 Mead Forum 5 11-25-2007 04:59 PM
Meads without sulfites? AHammer16 Mead Forum 8 10-09-2005 07:17 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS