Originally Posted by Walshy87
This is my first mead. I made it about three weeks ago and was planning on racking in a few weeks, but I keep reading threads that say to rack it sooner. Unfortunately I didn't have a hydrometer at the time so I don't have an OG.
Today I decided to siphon some out now that I have a hydrometer and it read 1.000. Does that seem right? It kind of tasted like a really dry flat champagne, is that normal? I was hoping it would be a little sweeter and I know I'm kind of jumping the gun. I plan to let it sit in secondary a few months and maybe I'll add some more honey if that's a good idea.
5 gallons water
12 lbs of wild flower honey
1/2 lb peaches
1 lb raisins
1 pkt organic yeast from whole foods
Any help would be great!
if it's reading 1.000, it's pretty much finished. So if it's dropped a sediment then it's probably fine to rack it.
At 2.4lb per gallon, it's gonna be pretty dry - the average seems to be about 3lb to 3.5lb made up to a gallon with water.
Equally if you don't have a starting gravity, there's no real way of working out the strength.
So all you can really do is to rack it and clear it, or if you're not sure about a dry mead, you can get stabilising chemicals (potassium sorbate and potassium/sodium metabisulphite), and add the dose for the amount you've made/got, then back sweeten it to taste (add a bit of honey after you've stabilised, mix it in slowly/carefully so as not to go adding much, if any air/oxygen - then taste it too see if you like it and also take a gravity reading. it's easy to add more, a little at a time, but if you add to much at once, it's hard to remove or mask a mega sweet taste).