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Hey everyone,
So I'm going to bottle my first mead and wanted to use bentonite as a fining agent. I've brewed beer for the last couple of years and never used fining agents so it's new to me. My question is, the package says use 4tsp in 1 1/3 cup of water, sufficient for 5 gallons. Should I just divide that by 5 and use that in my one gallon? Seems like this simple answer, but wanted to check with more experienced people. Thanks in advance!
 

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That is correct for most thing. Just divide by 5. But for simplicity sake I would just to 1tsp in 1/3cup hot water.

But make sure to get that water to boiling and I use a blender or such to mix the bentonite and water. Spoon or fork never seems to cut it. And mix it for a good 2min or so. Hot and super well blended and bentonite works great. You can almost watch the stuff clear right in front of you.
 

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To add to that, Bentonite works best when the wine is chilled to about 45F.
 
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Thanks. I'd just like to use as little water as possible as to dilute the soulution as little as possible. I also don't have a nother carboy to rack to as my other 1gal carboy is full if a blueberry honey mead.
 
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Should I just dump it in when it's mixed up? I read an article that said to let it sit for a day. In everyone's experience, is that necessary?
 
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