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Old 03-03-2008, 09:58 PM   #1
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what's considered to be high alcohol content for mead? is there a range?
<10% low
10-14% med
>14% high

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Old 03-03-2008, 10:05 PM   #2
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10%+ I'd say. Depends on how you want it. I've seen recipes with OG's as low as 1.090 and as high as 1.150.

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Old 03-03-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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I have seen mead with 20%ABV and I've had some. But 12% is probably higher than average.

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Old 03-03-2008, 10:31 PM   #4
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Most of the meads I've made average between 14 - 18 %. So much depends on how much fermentables you have and what types of yeast you use. When it comes to meads, 12% is definitely on the low side.

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Old 03-03-2008, 11:32 PM   #5
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20% is as high as you'll get ,and that's with champagne yeast, and careful nutrient additions (and feedign honey) to keep it going.

Most meads are going to fall between 12-18% ABV.
the lower end would be more like your dessert meads...lots of sweetness, and a low attenuating yeast used.

there's room for a lot of variation in the style.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:26 AM   #6
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I make my meads between 7-8% because I really don't drink to get drunk.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:31 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
I make my meads between 7-8% because I really don't drink to get drunk.
Hummm....Thats what I'll tell SWMBO!
Really...I agree, but there are things, and I'll let you know about mead, that just don't taste right without the alcohol. I have tried to make a copule of 3.??% meads, and they suck Big Time. They all have this nasty wet cardboard smell and taste that I can only attribute to LOW alcohol content.
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