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KoedBrew

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I brew beer regularly but I do dabble in Mead and Cider
So I have made a JAOM, but I decided to step it up and do a nice dry mead.
I did 3 gallons after 6 weeks in primary I transfered it to a Glass carboy where it sits.
I used Mesquite Mead from Trader Joe's did it like Ken Schramm says with a beater
OG:1.100
FG: .997 (When transferred)

That puts me at 13.5% WOW...I couldn't believe it

Question 1: Is 13.5 % a decent ABV for a mead (too high or low)?
Question 2: It was hot when I tasted it, to be expected, how long before it will be ready?
Question 3: At what point should I bottle?
Question 4: Carbonate or no Cabonation?

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One more thing, if I wanted to spice it up or something could I still at this point. Its only been 3 months in secondary, if I took 1 gallon and put like a vanilla bean or some fruit would that be good, worth it?
 

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I brew beer regularly but I do dabble in Mead and Cider
So I have made a JAOM, but I decided to step it up and do a nice dry mead.
I did 3 gallons after 6 weeks in primary I transfered it to a Glass carboy where it sits.
I used Mesquite Mead from Trader Joe's did it like Ken Schramm says with a beater
OG:1.100
FG: .997 (When transferred)

That puts me at 13.5% WOW...I couldn't believe it

Question 1: Is 13.5 % a decent ABV for a mead (too high or low)?
Question 2: It was hot when I tasted it, to be expected, how long before it will be ready?
Question 3: At what point should I bottle?
Question 4: Carbonate or no Cabonation?

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1. 13.5% ABV is fine for a mead.
2. I'd let it age for at least a year.
3. I'd wait at least a year, I tend to bulk age everything.
4. I like my mead still. You might try bottling a couple beer bottles worth & using carb tabs & carb it like beer, just to see if you like it or not.
Regards, GF.
 

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One more thing, if I wanted to spice it up or something could I still at this point. Its only been 3 months in secondary, if I took 1 gallon and put like a vanilla bean or some fruit would that be good, worth it?
Sure, go for it.
Regards, GF.
 
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