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Do you carbonate mead after you age it, or age it after you carbonate?

Asked by Zaxwar91 (225points) April 4th, 2008

I have decided to try the hobby of mead making. But after its done i want to carbonate it. Do i do it after the aging process, or carbonate then let it age properly. I’m new to the whole home brewery thing, so some helpful advice would be nice

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Zaxwar91's avatar

Medieval alcoholic beverage composed of honey, water, and yeast, and whatever else you think would any good. Please. If there are any homebrewers floating around, please help me, i tried once but ended up breaking the glass

skeh0138's avatar

Then you’re not making mead pal. The distillation process involved is similiar to wine making. You’re trying for some
bastard hybrid of beer-wine. Ecg. Why don’t you consider cider instead. Sweetish and carbonated.

Zaxwar91's avatar

Because meads good, and tastes alot better than cider. Could i do it, yes or no

intransigence's avatar

Mead is similar to wine making in the sense that there is no brewing required. Brewing is essentially a process of sparging (one of the many cool vocab words of the beer brewing world) grains and then adding the hops. All this has to be done at high heat, ergo brewing. Neither grapes nor honey require this, so it’s a more straight fermentation process. Actually you do need to dissolve the honey in the water, so you really do need to boil it all up first.
There are really two options with mead. Sparkling and still AKA carbonated and noncarbonated. It’s also possible to do honey/grape combinations or pretty much any combinations of different types of fruit. I’ve got a recipe that calls for honey and apple juice with no water, so you can really go to town with that.
If you do want to carbonate, you have to add more of some type of sugar to the batch after the fermentation is complete and you’ve syphoned the mead off of the yeast but before you bottle. This is the place where measurement is crucial; with too much sugar you’ll get too much carbonation and the pressure can break the glass.
Here are some basic measurements for the standard 5 gallon brew:
powdered dextrose : 3/4 cup
honey: 1 cup
maple syrup: 1 and 1/4 cup
brown sugar: 2/3 cup

This comes from Charlie Papazian’s The Homebrewer’s Companion, which is the bible of homebrewing. If yr serious, you must own this book. There are several mead recipes, and everything you could ever want to know about the process. It WILL become an obsession, so be careful and good luck.

thelinuxduck's avatar

i know this is a little old but if you cant get your answers from Charlie Papazian’s The Homebrewer’s Companion then i would highly suggest the compleat meadmaker by ken schramm isbn 0–937381-80–2 this book has everything you could want to know about mead.

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