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The NewBee Guide to Making Mead – Appendix 9: How to Read a Hydrometer

The NewBee Guide to Making Mead – Appendix 9: How to Read a Hydrometer

The following steps will make it easier to get the gravity readings using a hydrometer:

  1. Take a sample of the Mead using a sanitized wine thief or turkey baster.
  2. Try to put it into the hydrometer’s measuring tube as carefully as possible to avoid creating bubbles.
  3. Gently lower the hydrometer into the liquid, again to avoid bubbles from sticking to the base of the bulb as this will affect the reading.
  4. Check to make sure it is not touching the sides of the tube.
  5. Record the value on the scale at the bottom of the curved meniscus (the surface of the liquid).  See the diagram to the left for reference.  In the case of the diagram, the reading is 1.0225.

The NewBee Guide to Making Mead – Appendix 8: Sample Recipe

The following recipe is from ‘The Complete Joy of Home Brewing’.  The notes are basic, but point to what is needed to reproduce or improve on the recipe.

The NewBee Guide to Making Mead – Appendix 7: Conversion Tables

The NewBee Guide to Making Mead – Appendix 6: ABV/BRIX/S.G. Charts

The NewBee Giude to Making Mead – Appendix 5: Instructions for Using the Mead Calculator

The NewBee Giude to Making Mead – Appendix 5: Instructions for Using the Mead Calculator

The GotMead Mead Calculator helps you to determine various aspects of your mead batch, such as specific gravity, amount of sugar (honey, fruit, etc.) needed, and other tools to make the calculating simpler. It was created by forum member JamesP, and gifted to GotMead.

The NewBee Guide to making Mead – Appendix 4: Food Grade Plastic

The NewBee Guide to making Mead – Appendix 4: Food Grade Plastic