Originally Posted by ezimmerm
Hey brand new to this home brewing thing and have my first batch of mead going.
I'm makin the NB Semi Seet Mead kithttp://www.northernbrewer.com/winemaking/mead-kits/artisanal-semi-sweet-mead-kit.html
The OG was 1.084 and after 4 weeks (its only supposed to be in primary for 2 according to the directions) the mead is only down to 1.04.
At week 2 I swirled the carboy after getting a reading of 1.052 so it dropped but seems to have stalled again and is way to sweet for my (admittedly limited) tastes.
1. Should I pitch more yeast?
2. Should I rack this to a secondary (concerned about autolysis)
Autolysis takes months and months just to start, if it's going to. So it's very, very unlikley.
So I'd suggest that too start with, you add some nutrient and aerate it. If you're concerned about adding nutrient after the 1/3 sugar break, then take a teaspoon or so of bread yeast and boil it in about 1/8th pint of water for 10 or 15 minutes (simmer slowly of course). Then let it cool before adding it and aerate it then.......