Mead Lover's Digest #1500 Wed 17 November 2010

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Re: Introduction and question… etc (Mike Faul)

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Subject: Re: Introduction and question... etc
From: Mike Faul <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:18:17 -0800

(several answers to multiple responses)

Your vinometer is useless unless the wine is absolutely dry. Period.

You can use a hydrometer but ideally you need one that is graduated with
very fine graduations. I use four that are broken down into three major
ranges and on lower range that is much more accurate. Also, a
hydrometer won't give you an accurate reading at 20% abv either as they
are not calibrated for solutions with alcohol either.

I also use an ebulliometer for final alcohol measurement as well a lab
distillation setup for much more accurate determination. If you have
$20-30K kicking around you can get yourself an Anton-Paar setup like

Regarding the correct terminology, brewing, making etc are all okay. I
don't think there is a proper word and certainly I wouldn't complain if
anyone asked me if I 'brew' 'vint' or 'make' mead. If I use extract to
brew a braggot, I'm not 'extracting' so is it brewing or making?

Either way who cares? Just keep on making mead or variants of mead and
have fun.

rabbit's foot meadery

End of Mead Lover's Digest #1500