I've got a mead in primary. 2 pounds of honey to 7 pints water. Added sugar to IG of 1.091 Running this with Lalvin K1-V1116.
I've made plenty of wine before, but I'm not sure how long this mead is going to take to get through primary. That and I'm using an opaque bucket this time instead of clear glass or plastic. It's been a week now and the airlock isnt bubbling as much as it used to. Should I go ahead and take a gravity reading or does mead need a bit more time to clean up?
On this day, I wish a cold brew and warm company upon thee.
Nutrients upfront are better than no nutrients, but yeast don't need all the nutrients at once. A rule of thumb is add them at the beginning, and then add them once fermentation is 1/3 or so done, although I add them at more intervals than that.
To paraphrase Dr. England - "Off-flavors smooth with time. So do mountains. Brew it right from the start!"