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How to Sweeten Mead

 

By sweeting I mean make it sweeter tasting and this is a fairly easy process if you like your mead to be a little sweeter than a normal batch. But there are some precautions you should take. First your mead should be at or near the end of it's life cycle. There should be little or no ferment going on. The the mead is at the point where it can be bottled.

 

Now, if you were to add more honey or sugar and then bottle it you run the very real risk of the ferment starting up again vigorously.And because the mead is bottled up this means that an enormous amount of pressure would build up inside the bottles. The corks could blow right off the bottles or the bottles themselves could burst. Not a good situation!So we first need to insure the ferment is halted by adding two chemicals. You add Potassium sorbate and Potassium metabisulfite to the mead, stir it in then let it sit for two days. (Go by the manufacturers recommendation for how much and how long). Then you can be reasonably sure the ferment will not start up again. You then sweeten the mead by adding 1 cup of honey per five gallons of mead. So if you are making a 1 gallon batch add 1/5 th cup of honey. And now you can go ahead and bottle it!

 

The Compleat Meadmaker

The Compleat Meadmaker : Home Production of Honey Wine From Your First Batch to Award-winning Fruit and Herb Variations

This is the book I have been using and it is pretty much the de-facto standard for meadmakers. If you want lots of information, recipes, history and lots of great stuff about mead and how to make it then this is the book you must have.

 

Making Wild Wines and Meads

Making Wild Wines & Meads: 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More

 

If you have never made mead and would like to give it a try very inexpensively this is a terrific setup. Very inexpensive and Prime shipping too. You get a gallon glass carboy an airlock and the rubber stopper. I love this setup. Fermenter including Rubber stopper and Airlock

You can have a batch of mead going the day this arrives.

 

Twin Bubble Airlock and Carboy Bung (Pack of 2)

Already have gallon jugs? You can keep the price of mead making down even further here by just buying a pair of airlocks and bungs.

HomeBrewStuff One Gallon Nano-Meadery Deluxe Mead Kit

Our premium nano-meadery Kit comes with all the equipment needed to make one gallon batches of mead. This kits comes with everything you will need to make your first batch. One gallon batches are a great way to perfect your mead making before stepping up to larger batches this Kit is also great for experienced mead makers who wish to make Test or pilot batches. Kit includes: 2 gallon primary fermentation bucket, 1 gallon glass carboy, mini Auto Siphon with 4' 5/16" x 7/16" tubing and hose clamp, triple scale hydrometer, stopper and 3 piece airlock, thermometer, 10 Pack camp den tablets, c-brute 2x, Instructions and Basic mead recipe (now improved and much more comprehensive), liquid isinglass 1oz, potassium sorbet 1/2 oz., light toasted Oak chips 4oz, 3 lbs. unprocessed honey and Pasteur red yeast 3x. homebrew stuff is the only authorized dealer of the Kit. Do not be fooled by other sellers. if you need a refill for your Kit please see our other listings for mead or Cider refill kits.