Back sweetening bulk aging mead
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    Default Back sweetening bulk aging mead

    How does everyone who is bulk aging and back sweetening to taste, get the honey into solution without oxygenating the mead? It seems the stirring or agitating to "dissolve" honey would create too much turbulence and mix in air.
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    Default Re: Back sweetening bulk aging mead

    Quote Originally Posted by Eikel View Post
    How does everyone who is bulk aging and back sweetening to taste, get the honey into solution without oxygenating the mead? It seems the stirring or agitating to "dissolve" honey would create too much turbulence and mix in air.
    That's a good question! I personally don't worry about oxygen exposure as much as some do. But if you are.... you only have two choices... pour in undiluted honey or diluted honey and live with the outcome. Unless of course you back sweeten with something other than honey.

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    Default Re: Back sweetening bulk aging mead

    Not sure if this is the right; after stabilizing I mixed one glass to get a rough guess of how munch honey was needed for the whole carboy. I then mixed with water and added to an empty carboy, racked into this carboy, This took the level to the top of the carboy. It got cloudy but it cleared while it aged.

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    Default Re: Back sweetening bulk aging mead

    Honey even crystalized honey dissolves pretty rapidly and then a hydrometer and you taste buds tell you what you need to know. It also requires patience. Stirring without agitating in oxygen takes patience too but can be done.

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    Default Re: Back sweetening bulk aging mead

    Quote Originally Posted by FlowerPlanter View Post
    Not sure if this is the right; after stabilizing I mixed one glass to get a rough guess of how munch honey was needed for the whole carboy. I then mixed with water and added to an empty carboy, racked into this carboy, This took the level to the top of the carboy. It got cloudy but it cleared while it aged.
    I would have just poured undiluted honey in a fresh carboy and racked. Adding water will not ruin anything. I have done that in the past and the mead was just fine.

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