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Old 04-09-2013, 03:35 AM   #81
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I am about to rack my mead to its 3rd vessel. I would say that my mead will be completely different and more potent since I used D47 yeast. It has now fermented to around .997 and I am debating on what to do next. I want it to finish sweet and can't decide whether to add more honey and let the d47 max out in alcohol tolerance or just add the combo to kill fermentation. I am leaning towards adding more honey, but I will only be able to guess what the alcohol level is at and I don't know how much further the D47 can go.

I never measured gravity higher than 1.094 I think, but it has 17 lbs of honey added at various times, and 12 lbs in primary was the 1.094 reading. It started off with 12 lbs of frozen strawberries and 96 oz of cherry white grape juice and added 4 lbs of strawberries in secondary. I am done with strawberries and need to rack it off the fruit, just debating on which step next.

During primary it tasted and smelled super yeasty from the d47, but now that part has mellowed and it has super alcohol burn and is very dry. The strawberry flavor is good though and I expect this to keep improving. Just want it sweeter.
I would back sweeten it, just try and remove as much of the yeast as possible....so basically your fermenter should be clear in the bottom.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:42 PM   #82
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Thanks for the recipe, made this today. 2 gal batch
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:57 PM   #83
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Thanks for the recipe, made this today. 2 gal batch
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #84
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I think I'm going to have a go at this as my first batch of mead. I will have to find a deal on honey first
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:07 AM   #85
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Finally got mine bottled. Was gonna bulk age more but needed the carboy for a cider for SWMBO.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:12 AM   #86
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Finally got mine bottled. Was gonna bulk age more but needed the carboy for a cider for SWMBO.
Looks good!
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Racked to secondary today. Finished at 1.010. Smells and taste good already.

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Racked to secondary today. Finished at 1.010. Smells and taste good already.
That looks great!
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:02 PM   #89
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I finally got around to racking mine and adding Kmeta and Sorbate to it to backsweeten. Mine deviated from the recipe quite a bit after my yeast did nothing. I used D47 instead which has a much higher tolerance. I ended up with 12 lbs of strawberry in primary, and 4 in secondary with 17 lbs of honey for fermentation. I backsweetened with 3.4 more lbs of honey which totals at 20.4 lbs of honey. When I checked before adding honey, the gravity was at 1.002. I am hoping to keep this in the 1.02-1.03 range and I estimate its around 1.023 currently. I am guessing (added honey at different times) the OG was around 1.120 or so, and went to 1.002. Not sure why I measured .996 earlier. That puts it around 15.5% I think.

Since I used D47, I will be letting this bulk age for a while and I am not sure if I will bottle it still or get a keg for it. Would like to get a 2.5 gallon keg and carb half and bottle the other half still. This pretty much fills 5 gallon carboy to the brim. If I need to add any more honey I will have to sample it a few more times. It has a lot of umph in the honey flavor since I used Texas natural honey, along with a strong bite from the alcohol. I am just hoping I don't wind up with any D47 temp issues.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #90
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Liking the sound of this one just made my first mead a moam so will have to wait until thats ready before starting this one quick question does it matter if you use a cheap honey as honey is getting very expensive in uk now ? Thanks for this recipe
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