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Old 02-15-2006, 05:46 AM   #11
Feb 2006
Silverdale, WA
Posts: 27

Originally Posted by littlered2
Re: amount of honey in a gallon of mead
Specifically, Mindflux's comment
Now I have a tub of 24# of honey sitting on the floor next to me. Eyeballing it, it looks like its volume IS about 2 gallons. My volume estimates might be slightly off -- it might be 1.5 gallons -- but that's .75-1.0 gal/12 # of honey. You said you use 10-12 # PER GALLON? That's almost pure honey. That can't be right because yeast can't live in a sugar concentration that high. The cells would have no water left in them. Moreover, the sugars wouldn't even stay in solution because the solubility of sugar in water is not that high. When I made my mead with 7#/2gal = 3.5#/1gal, much of the sugar crashed out of solution when the must cooled because the solubility of the sugar in water wasn't high enough to keep it dissolved. The sugar only dissolved when the fermentation increased the alchohol concentration (and thus the solubility of sugar in the solution) and decreased the sugar concentration.

Are you sure your numbers are right?
I believe he meant 10-12lbs per five gallon batch, though if you check GotMead's forums you'll commonly see 15lbs per 5 gallons.

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Primary 2: AIR
Primary 3: 1 gal Joe's Ancient Orange Mead Start 2/10/06
Primary 4 1 gal Cyser OG 1.105 start 2/11/06
Primary 5 1 gal Maple Mead
Secondary 1: 5 gal Cider OG 1.085 Start 2/4/06
Secondary 2: 5 gal Mead Grav 1.032 Start 2/2/06
Secondary 3: 1 gal Cider
Secondary 4: 1 gal spiced Cider start 2/11/06

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