hist-brewing: RE:

Kirsty Pollock kirsty.pollock at mpuk.com
Fri Sep 22 00:35:33 PDT 2000

You could try measuring the specific gravity. If it's in the 900s then there
isn't *much* (note I didn't say ANY) chance of continuing fermentation.

or just leave it with an airlock on the maturing vessel (keep the water
topped up) for at least 2 years. periodically bring the mead into a warmer
area (say 20C) and if signs of fermentation are observed, leave it in the
warmer area to finish. 

I find mead will continue to ferment until ALL the sugar is gone, leaving a
very dry drink. Sweeten just before you drink if you like it sweet.

Or you could use wine stabiliser which is supposed to kill the yeast (but
doesn't a lot of the time).

Or fortify with Brandy so the higher alcohol content (say 20%) kills the


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-hist-brewing at rt.com [mailto:owner-hist-brewing at rt.com]On
> Behalf Of goodgirl at earthling.net
> Sent: 22 September 2000 00:22
> To: hist-brewing at pbm.com
> Subject: 
> I am really new to brewing and I hope this isn't a completely 
> stupid question.  I am working on a few batches of mead and 
> was wondering, is there a failsafe way to tell when the 
> fermentation is complete so I can bottle it with confidence 
> that it will not carbonate or cause any other cork-popping, 
> bottle-exploding type disasters?  Any info will be greatly 
> appreciated.

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