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Old 04-30-2011, 12:17 AM   #1
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Please help started my first batch of mead today after many years of beer. Since i had all the equipment from brewing didn't need to buy anything and therefore didn't think everything through.

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18lbs of fresh strawberries
18lbs of honey (wildflower)
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campden
Yeast nutrient and energizer
Lalvin 71B

I prepped berries (including 3 days deep freeze). heated some of the water and dissolved honey. Added must and strawberries to primary and here is where my problem comes in. I didnt have enough room for the rest of my water to get to 5 gals. Can I add more water after I remove the berries or is that just going to leave a watered down mead. I figure since all of the honey is already in there the alcohol content will easily reach 14% allowing me to adjust flavors later with out too much risk of restarting fermentation. Planning on pitching yeast tomorrow.

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Old 04-30-2011, 12:33 AM   #2
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I don't understand. You didn't have enough room for 5-gallons?

Or your honey, berries, and some water filled up to 5-gallons using less water than you planned for?

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Old 04-30-2011, 12:37 AM   #3
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Correct between all the berries and the honey I was only able to get about 3.5 gals of water into primary. I figure when I pull out the berries I will only have about that much mead and I was hoping for a full 5 gals.

To sum up all the ingredients are in the primary except the last 1.5 gals of water.

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Old 04-30-2011, 12:40 AM   #4
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Yes, when you rack to a carboy to age/clear, you'll want to top off with water....

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Old 04-30-2011, 12:45 AM   #5
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Perfect. Thanks for the help.

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I've got a batch of this I need to keg tomorrow!

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Old 04-30-2011, 01:01 AM   #7
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Been staring at meads for a while. Looking to combining the two and get a good Braggot but had to brew this first to learn. Looked very very good plus the wife gripes about my brewing (mainly because I don't brew anything she likes) so hopefully this will quiet her down. If this turns out good I am planning on a peach when they come into season. I live 1/2 mile from a pick your own strawberry/ peach farm so those two recipes could be regulars in the rotation

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Old 04-30-2011, 01:08 AM   #8
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Another quick question for you.

I have read in the forums to not put top on primary, to use cheese cloth to cover, because the fermentation will be vigorous and a standard airlock wont handle it. Would you put the top on and run a hose into water bucket or the cheese cloth method. I worry about losing my alcohol to evaporation.

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I fermented mine in a bucket in the bath tub covered with a lint free cotton towel.

Are you using a carboy/better bottle for a primary, or a bucket?

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Using a bucket In the bathtub. I guess cheese cloth could let in undesirables.

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