Fw: hist-brewing: Mead Sweetness

Gunther von Lindenwald (Timothy Carter) gunther at visi.net
Wed Jun 21 18:23:23 PDT 2000


From: "Gunther von Lindenwald (Timothy Carter)" <gunther at visi.net>
To: "Shane Felux" <shane_felux at net.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 7:45 PM
Subject: Re: hist-brewing: Mead Sweetness


The less water, the sweeter and more full the batch.  For my heavy/sweet
sack meads I generally follow a 2:1 ratio  where two parts water to one part
honey.  It has NEVER let me down...
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Shane Felux" <shane_felux at net.com>
> To: "mead breawing" <hist-brewing at pbm.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 5:56 PM
> Subject: hist-brewing: Mead Sweetness
>
>
> > Hoping some might have some answers out there to a batch of mead I have
> > been brewing. It is really clear now...A nice rich amber color. It's
> > about time to bottle the batch, as it has fermented for about 9 months.
> > The concern I have is that the taste is somewhat of a let down to what I
> > was hoping. It's pretty strong by my tastes. My wife summed up my first
> > attempt as brewing as being the taste of " watered down whiskey with a
> > spoon full of honey." Maybe some of you that may appeal, but I like
> > those fru fru sweat drinks. This is a 5 gallon batch and I used about
> > 18lbs of clover honey, and  some cinnamon sticks in the boil.
> >
> > Question is: Is there anything I can add to the batch that I could use
> > to sweeten it before I bottle? Or is it to late now that the
> > fermentation is all done? No blips or sediment left in the brew. I know
> > time..like alot of time will help it, but I was hoping I might be able
> > to add something like an extract or something to sweeten the batch and
> > make it not as strong. Any ideas?
> >
> > One other thing I might ask you all, since I hope I have your attention.
> > Is that I have a smaller batch I made ( 3 gallons) and it never really
> > took off in the fermentation. It's only been about 3 months and there
> > has been no real activity or clarity going on it the batch. I even added
> > another shot of yeast about 1 month ago, but nothing is happening. I am
> > thinking of throwing away the whole thing and just take my losses, but I
> > simply can not find or think of what is wrong. the batch doesn't seem to
> > contaminated or anything. Any ideas what I should do, or just throw it
> > away?
> >
> > Thanks for your time and look forward to any replies that could help.
> >
> > Your Servant,
> > Shane
> >
> >
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