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Old 01-25-2010, 08:17 PM   #1
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Default Taking original gravity

I started making small batches of mead with all different kinds of ingredients and it's been pretty exciting. At first I wasn't concerned with taking any specific gravity readings but now that I'm more serious I am very curious what the final % alcohol is going to be.

I wanted to know how am I suppose to take original gravity readings on meads where I add fruit, like oranges and pears. How will the fruit affect the reading or am I missing something and it doesn't matter?

Would I be better off using a vinometer to have a reading before bottling? I can't imagine that it is very accurate for mead.

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Old 01-26-2010, 03:24 AM   #2
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You need to crush up the fruit. I add the hot water/sugar/honey mixture over frozen fruit, crush it up, then take the reading.

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Also be sure to mix it up well. I've been doing 1 gallon batches lately and you need to tip the jug for several minutes before everything is all mixed evenly.

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...Would I be better off using a vinometer to have a reading before bottling? I can't imagine that it is very accurate for mead.
FYI... Vinometers are most accurate when testing dry wines where very little residual sugar is present. The sweeter the wine (mead, etc.) the less accurate the vinometer becomes.
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