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This year I am thinking of experimenting on a small batch of Chambourcin and using honey instead of sugar to chaptalize. I know that all honey is a little different but does anyone know the approximate ratio of honey to sugar conversion? For example, if it took two pounds of sugar, how much honey would this be?

Has anyone chaptalized with honey before and if so what were the results. I guess this would properly be called a Pyment.

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No clue on the ratios, sorry; but a question / concern; being a west coast winemaker, I'm not familiar with Chambourcin, but I would think that as a red varrietal, it might be peculiar to add the floral flavors that honey will add to the wine?

This year I am thinking of experimenting on a small batch of Chambourcin and using honey instead of sugar to chaptalize. I know that all honey is a little different but does anyone know the approximate ratio of honey to sugar conversion? For example, if it took two pounds of sugar, how much honey would this be?

Has anyone chaptalized with honey before and if so what were the results. I guess this would properly be called a Pyment.
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Paul E. Lehmann wrote:
This year I am thinking of experimenting on a small batch of Chambourcin
and using honey instead of sugar to chaptalize. I know that all honey
is a little different but does anyone know the approximate ratio of
honey to sugar conversion? For example, if it took two pounds of sugar,
how much honey would this be?

Has anyone chaptalized with honey before and if so what were the
results. I guess this would properly be called a Pyment.


Hello. I make Mead. So that topic I personally have looked up. For I
sometimes use light brown sugar with my recipes.

Honey is 80% fermentable. So 1 lb sugar is about 1.2 pounds of honey.
2 lb sugar= 2.4 lb honey
Hope this is helpful.

Dave Whitney
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I am not especially fond of the nose of Chambourcin and that is why I decided to experiment with it. Some love Chambourcin but I find it takes several years to get rid of the "Chambourciny" (for lack of a better descriptor) nose.
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No clue on the ratios, sorry; but a question / concern; being a west coast winemaker, I'm not familiar with Chambourcin, but I would think that as a red varrietal, it might be peculiar to add the floral flavors that honey will add to the wine?

This year I am thinking of experimenting on a small batch of Chambourcin and using honey instead of sugar to chaptalize. I know that all honey is a little different but does anyone know the approximate ratio of honey to sugar conversion? For example, if it took two pounds of sugar, how much honey would this be?

Has anyone chaptalized with honey before and if so what were the results. I guess this would properly be called a Pyment.


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