Mead question

John Pursglove

South Jersey FC Member
I made a semi-sweet mead FG 1.0.15 @ 10.5% with Hawaiian Lehua honey and Sundew yeast. I really like it. I have it cold crashing now. I tried a little sample tonight when it was cold and still. I really enjoyed it. I am wondering if a mead at 10.5% would be good carbonated and kegged or should it be bottled. So far I seem to like carbonated meads a lot but, I've made mostly hydromel type meads that are lower in alcohol. What do the mead people here think?


New Member
You're on the cusp between carbing and not carbing. Is your mead's acid-to-sugar ratio where you want it? If not, the carbonic acid from carbonating might help. If in doubt, you could always do a light carbonation...

As an addendum, I've made still hydromels that turned out great (~6.5% abv). I've also carbonated heavy (15%) meads, and those were great too (if not dangerous lol, carbonation helps mask booze, at least in my experience). Mead really has no rules!

Frank Hiller Jr.

Event Coordinator - 2018 Brewer of the Year
I was always told to keep meads still if I wanted to put it in competition. That being said, I say do you! Force carb and sample it. If you don’t like it then you can always pull the pressure and flatten it.

I see I’m about a month late to responding to this so I’m sure you’ve already made your choice.