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Old 09-06-2011, 08:04 AM   #1
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Hi All!

I'm new to the scene and had a question.

I'm making a traditional mead. 5 gals with about 14.5 lbs of blackberry honey. My OG was 1.123 after i corrected for the temperature. Fermentation began in less than 24 hours. For 3-4 days it was a pretty steady ferment with only about 1 sec between each bubble in the airlock. It's now a week after my ferment started and the bubbling has reduced to once about every 5 seconds. the temperature has stayed within 70F and 74F. I took a hydrometer reading today and it was at 1.035. No strange smells but what I'd like to know is if this is a normal rate for the fermentation. Should I add any nutrient? Where should the ferment be at right now?

Thanks ahead of time for anybody's input. I'm extremely grateful for any advice. I'm hoping that I can bottle this and give it to my best friend and his soon to be wife when they get married in about a year.

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Old 09-06-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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What yeast did you use? Every 5 seconds is pretty normal IME after a week for a fast yeast.

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Did you add any kind of nutrient at the beginning? If not, then yes, add some. Those yeast are probably a little malnourished right now & could use a good multi-vitamin.

That's actually pretty impressive how far it went in a few days with nothing added.

Oh, & bubbling does not necessarily mean anything.

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I used Lalvin D47 dry yeast. I pitched a concoction of 2tbs yeast energizer and 2 tbs yeast nutrient right before pitching the yeast.

Should I add more nutrient at any certain increment.

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This sounds pretty normal...

At this point I wouldn't do anything.

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If you can, maybe swirl it a little to help degass it. Don't over-do it at this point though, you don't want to introduce any oxygen.

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