If I did not add any priming sugar for a still mead, will bottling like beer be ok? It would be easier than wine bottles and corks for me.
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It was dark in a hygrometer cylinder.
You were measuring the beer's humidity?
Yes I wanted to make sure it was dry enough to be refreshing instead of just muggy.
The current batch size is a little over 4 gallons. I had a bad degassing accident and lost about a gallon into my carpet. Started with 15lbs honey and 5 gallons. So, I would say I have a 4 gallon batch with 12lbs of honey. The numbers make sense to me(a novice brewer). Adding ~25% of the starting honey, the FG went up over 25 points(~25% of the OG). It is actually very drinkable now. Before it tasted like a stiff mixed drink of vodka and honey.
It still won't reduce your ABV very much. certainly not 4 points. you may be adding 25% more gravity points but you are only adding about 6% volume that's what affects ABV so you come down to 15%. the alcahol does not go away.
I do the same thing. I do have a stainless screen I wrap around my racking cane to keep the hop particle transfer to a minimum. I leave the hops in for 5-7 days.