BVC - Re: BVC: Meade instructions for beginners (fwd

Carl Chipman cchipman at
Wed Feb 9 13:07:11 PST 2000

I thought about trying to use the Sun to kill the yeast, but that didn't 
work. I guess the amount of UV rays deposited means that it would probably 
take weeks to use the sun, and that would be too long. Unless of course I 
was able to spread the mead out into a thin pool, which would increase the 
penetration by the UV and would maximize the UV energy received..... 


Carl Chipman
Nomadics, Inc.
cchipman at

On Wednesday, February 09, 2000 3:01 PM, 
Chuck_CTR_Graves at 
[SMTP:Chuck_CTR_Graves at] wrote:
> >    Wouldn't we all?  ;>  I'm about to try an experiment with using 
stevia >to
> sweeten with only enough sugar source for 8% alcohol.  The real >question 
> whether the stevia will impart too much flavor.  I don't think >it would 
> for meads though.  You could (blech!) add only enough honey >to get to 
> desired alcohol level, add sulfites, and then add more >honey later.  If 
I have
> my chemicals right, the sulfites should inhibit >further fermentation.
> Chemistry...alchemy...not much difference.  Blech! is right.
> I had a friend that once made up a quaint little contraption. It was a 
> set of straight UV tubes large enough to fit over a carboy:
>     1) Let the must brew to the point you want for taste and alcohol;
>     2) Slip the tubes over;
>     3) Illuminate for a couple of days;
>     4) Sweet, small, clear mead!
> I once recommended that for beer...for about 10 seconds...then I realized 
what I
> was suggesting---INSTA-SKUNK beer.
> But it worked great for mead.
> Sulfides...blech.
> Tadhg
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