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Old 09-10-2009, 06:35 PM   #1
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I just started a blueberry mead using crushed blueberries (Private Select frozen organic, from Kroger). When I put them in the carboy initially they sank to the bottom with the honey, but after shaking and mixing they're floating on top. Will these sink eventually, or will I have to keep shaking to keep them from getting moldy?

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No they will sink after a while. When I did a small batch of blueberry mead I rocked the carboy every once in a while and a few sank each day. I boiled mine for 10 minutes to help break down the skins before I added them and once I added them you could see the yeast clinging to there underside.

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My blueberries filled up like little ballons and floated. You have to punch down the cap a few times a day.

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Old 09-11-2009, 12:00 AM   #4
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they shouldn't get moldy as long as you're using an airlock. all the oxygen will be displaced by CO2

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Thanks for the replies. I had been using foil to allow for air exchange. Is 24 hours long enough for proper air exchange or should I leave it one more day? I was planning on capping it today.

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