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Bochet Cyser- SG too High to get Reading

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Mar 23, 2024
North Carolina
Hello All,

This is my third batch of mead and haven’t run into any problems thus far. I decided to try a Bochet Cyser and when I attempted to get my OG, the triple scale hydrometer floated past the scale. I’m assuming it’s because of the caramelized honey and apple juice, but I’m wondering if anyone else has run into this. To preface, I did calibrate my hydrometer and it is reading tap water just fine at 1.000. Here is my recipe:

2.75 lbs caramelized honey
128 fl oz apple juice
1 honey crisp apple cored and chopped
1 cinnamon stick
3 allspice berries
2 whole cloves
1/4 tsp Fermaid O
1/2 packet D47 yeast

I did add water to the honey but with how much it cooked down its most likely a negligible amount since most of it cooked off.
My question is, if I’ve somehow screwed this up, can it be fixed and how can I fix it?
Thank you in advance for any help or suggestions!
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Jun 4, 2016
Brookline, NH
What’s the top end of your hydrometer?

Any idea what the specific gravity of your apple juice was? If I Google it, it appears that AJ is usually around 1.050 to 1.055. Not sure how carmelinzing honey effects the sugar content, but just using 2.75 lbs of honey, in a gallon of AJ, will give you a starting gravity of approx. 1.153

Are you using a bucket or a 1 gallon jug for a fermenter? Starting with 128 oz of AJ and adding 2.75 lbs of honey is different than starting with 2.75 lbs of honey and adding AJ until you have a total volume of 128 oz…..

I don’t think your D47 is going to like it. You can either add water, to drop the OG or you can try using a more robust yeast. Something like EC-1118 or K1-V1116
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