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Old 09-17-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
Kmcogar
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M doing my first batch of mead. I have everything but the acid blend. Is it neccassary?


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Old 09-17-2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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Usually it isn't. Honey is very acidic, and generally mead does not require additional acid. I've never used it, personally.



 
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:49 AM   #3
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I mix my own, using the suggestion from Ashton & Duncans book "Making Mead" (long out of print, but used copies can be found). It's 2 parts malic to 1 part tartaric.

I only used it after the ferment has finished etc, then its added incrementally, too taste.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:58 AM   #4
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I've made mead and never used it you should be fine
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:26 PM   #5
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Is it necessary? No.
Can it improve a mead? Absolutely.

I don't add it to all my meads, but I do add it to quite a few. Too little acid can leave a mead, cider, or wine dull and lifeless. A little acid can brighten the flavors. I look at it like adding salt to a dish or lemon to a piece of fish. The food was okay without it, but the salt and lemon can improve it. Like Fatbloke, I usually add it to taste post-fermentation in my meads. I add a measured amount to a small sample. When I like the blend, I scale it up for the full batch.

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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Thanks all!


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