I finally bottled the mead! The 5L batches turned into 5 75cl bottles, which was about the expected yield.
I'm glad I got the clear re-closable bottles. It looks a lot better than it would have in brown ones and you don't have to drink it all in one go.
It tastes great already, nice and crisp. The cherry mead is sweater with a quite noticeable but not overpowering cherry taste.
The classic yellow mead has a nice orange smell and aftertaste. Both are sweater than I would have imagined reading the gravity.
I have never had any other mead, so I don't have a reference to say if it tastes like mead should. But I like it!
Speaking of gravity, my beer hydrometer isn't quite up to the task. It only goes to 1.000, and in this mead it still doesn't float.
That means my mead is at least 10% VOL. Note to self: Buy a wine hydrometer and a longer graduated cylinder.
I'm going to leave the bottles in the garage for a few more days (at room temperature) and then move them to the bunker. I'm wondering if it will pick up any carbonation. I didn't add any more sugar/honey, but I think the movement from the botteling caused some activity because the sample I tasted was a bit sparkling.
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