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Old 05-08-2009, 06:57 AM   #21
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ok so I'm getting ready to try my first mead with a friend who has been brewing beer for a few years now. We settled on this recipe, but I have a question before I get started. What are the changes needed to make this into a 6 gallon batch(tried the math and just not sure I'm coming out right on it) and what do you think about adding some cinnamon sticks in with the vanilla bean??
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:28 AM   #22
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My math's no good either, but this isn't an exact science. Start by bumping the clover honey by a quart and a half and water by three quarts and then add other ingredients in increments of 1/6th. If you like cinnamon, go for it.
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:19 PM   #23
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That is two weeks later, only slight concern is the gravity is at abou 1.018 or so not the desired 1.012 ish.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:52 AM   #24
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Bubba, do you have a smaller carboy? If so, rack it so the carboy is topped up and let it bulk age. I always make my primary larger than the secondary so I can be sure to keep the secondary topped for bulk aging.
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:14 PM   #25
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Bubba, do you have a smaller carboy? If so, rack it so the carboy is topped up and let it bulk age. I always make my primary larger than the secondary so I can be sure to keep the secondary topped for bulk aging.
Nope that is a 5 gal and I had used a plastic bucket for primary. I didnt think that little bit of headspace was a big deal?
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Old 05-10-2009, 01:39 AM   #26
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It isn't right now but it will be if you plan to bulk age. It needs to be 2-3 inches below the stopper and well into the neck.
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:01 PM   #27
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It isn't right now but it will be if you plan to bulk age. It needs to be 2-3 inches below the stopper and well into the neck.
Ok I think I read where you suggested using marbles? If so I will just pick some up.
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I think sanitized marbles would be a wise choice.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:51 PM   #29
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Rack again onto 1 lb of buckwheat honey
I have a question about this. I assume I'm just adding 1 lb of Buckwheat honey to the carboy when I rack the mead. However, the recipe calls for a total of 2 lbs buckwheat honey. So, is this 1 lb, I quoted above, in addition to the 2 lbs listed?
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:16 AM   #30
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I have a question about this. I assume I'm just adding 1 lb of Buckwheat honey to the carboy when I rack the mead. However, the recipe calls for a total of 2 lbs buckwheat honey. So, is this 1 lb, I quoted above, in addition to the 2 lbs listed?
Yes, that's correct.
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