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GotMead? Mead Calculator Pretty Accurate?

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NewBee
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I'm almost ready to begin a Raspberry Melomel and I've been using the GotMead? calculator to determine the poundage of honey to use in a 5 gallon batch. The calc. says 12.5 lbs. honey for 5 gallons which creates a specific gravity must of 1.09 and that is an ABV of 12.22% with a final gravity of 0.998.
The Raspberries will be racked onto after fermentation is complete.

Does that sound right to you guys? Pretty accurate?

Thanks,
Jonas
 

Brego Brew

NewBee
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That sounds like what will happen with a wine yeast. It'll finish pretty dry.
I'll be backsweetening Just before Bottling, so no prob! :)

Sounds about right. Keep in mind that your berries will dilute the abv.
Yes, I've thought of this. I plan on racking to sorbate and sulphite before the berries, allowing to sit for about 2 - 4 days, in order to cease any surviving yeast-ies.
 

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NewBee
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The calculator gives pretty good estimates, and it is a great tool, but sometimes you find when you use a particular honey, the numbers are quite a bit off. It is best to use less than you think you need, and see where that gets you, and go up from there.
I did think of that, but very good suggestion! I'm thinking what I'll do is Thoroughly mix in 11 lbs honey, instead of the full 12.5, and then take a hydrometer reading.

That brings up a question I've been meaning to ask. Hydrometer, or Refractometer? I like the idea of a Refract., so what are the pro's and con's?

Thanks,
Jonas
 
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