You may consider individual acids in place of a blend so that when you start to test and adjust you have the control over exactly how much of any acid type goes into it.orderd the Pectic enzyme, along with some acid blend and tannin
It was a package deal, figured couldn't hurt to have a bit on handYou may consider individual acids in place of a blend so that when you start to test and adjust you have the control over exactly how much of any acid type goes into it.
I sometimes use acids but more often I don't. My simple viewpoint is that it is a mead and I'm not trying to make a wine BUT I always need to try and shoot for a balance in the profile and acids and tannins can make a difference along with oaking the mead when it is appropriate.
Have fun experimenting and triple check those calculations when scaling up a bench sample to the full batch size.
I once keyed the decimal point into the wrong spot and added way too much acid; luckily most of it stayed clumped at the bottom and I was able to rack off of it. It is still sitting there waiting for me to blend it with a newer mead to balance out the acidity.
BTW, Tannin packages with FT are meant to be used in the primary fermentation, such as Tannin FT Rouge.
These 1 gallon carboys?this what I picked up, should be here tomorrow, which is perfect, I need to run and pick up some more 1 gallon jars, and switch my CO2 tank, at the LHBS so I can get these started this weekend
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except that 3 lbs of honey is 1 L so you you are short changing your volume. The thing is that if you use 1.5 lbs of honey, you want to fill the vessel to the 1 gallon mark - the juice will add about 1.050 and the honey will add 1.055 (+/-) , so yor cyser will be close enough to 13% if you were playing horseshoes and not darts.Thanks for the input
This is what works in my head
Desired ABV 12-13% = 1090-1100 Gravity points
Cider + 1040-1050 Gravity Points
= 50 - 60 gravity points to make up with honey
Honey = approx 35 gravity points per pound per gallon so about 1.5 pounds of honey = 52 gravity points
So final determination is 3L of Cider and about 1.5 pounds of honey for the Cyser
I have two of the 3 gallon FERMONSTERS & love those!I really like the Fermonster stuff. They are wide mouth and have a bit more headspace than a standard size. The 1 gallon is about 1.3 gallons so you have room for adding stuff and the wide mouth makes it easy to get those items in and out.
I've had glass break on me twice and I'm really happy with not dealing with that potential for hurting myself especially on the larger 6 and 7 gallon fermonsters which are heavy enough with just the liquid.
I've been kicking around the idea of using a 6 gallon Torpedo keg as a fermentation vessel.
You can get the fermonsters with spigots or add them later if you like. I added the spigot to a few of mine and have bottled directly from the spigot via hose to the bottom of the bottle... a little CO2 on top and then I seal them up.I currently use 2 of these
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then rack into these
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but I only have 2 of the 1 gallon jars right now.
Looking at getting one of these
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