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Bhunter87 02-18-2012 03:08 PM

Big boy
 
Well I put way too much honey in my bochet and my OG was 1.155. It's now down to 1.08, but the yeast are slowing way down. Should I top off with water in the primary? Or rack onto my berries and choc, top off, the repitch the same yeast? With an OG of 1.155 and using ec-1118, I expected my yeast to die out with a ton of sugar, but I was hoping to get closer to 1.03 or something. They are still eating, but I can visibly see them slowed way down and clearing towards to top.

tweake 02-18-2012 06:42 PM

it should get down to 1.020 easy enough.

what nutrient have you put in?

Bhunter87 02-18-2012 07:24 PM

It was unlabeled nutrient from my LHBS. It's good stuff though for sure

Tw0fish 02-19-2012 02:56 AM

If you add water, it's gonna dilute the sugars and get drier.

1.155 to 1.010 (just ballparkin for ya) would be 18 and change % abv.. pretty close.

Yeast don't live on sugar and nutrient alone. They do like tasty bits of fruit - s'why your fruit floats in primary for example.

So - is your primary right now just honey water and nutrient? I'd wait til it got a little lower (1.04 perhaps) and rack it.

It's gonna speed up again once it hits the fruit bits, but 4% gain in alcohol to tolerance won't eat all the sweet out of your berries and chocolate.

Prolly no need to repitch.

Bugeaud 02-19-2012 03:13 AM

I'd say add some extra energizer and nutrient, it might just as well get lower.

Bhunter87 02-19-2012 11:19 AM

Won't 1.010 still be pretty sweet? I like a little sweet, but not overly sweet where it's hard to drink more than a small bit.

In my original post I put 1.03 as my target but I meant much lower. No clue what I was thinking.

Insomniac 02-19-2012 12:28 PM

Many commercial meads are about 1.04, which I find a little high, but 1.01 sounds fine, a sort of medium sweet.

biochemedic 02-20-2012 01:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bhunter87 (Post 3803868)
Won't 1.010 still be pretty sweet? I like a little sweet, but not overly sweet where it's hard to drink more than a small bit.

1.010 is just lightly semi-sweet...I am very sensitive to sweet flavors, and that's about what I target for my meads that do require some residual sweetness...

Bhunter87 02-20-2012 01:25 AM

Perfect. If it does only get down to 1.04, any way to drop it more? I mean... That's pretty sweet I think

huesmann 02-20-2012 02:29 PM

1.04 is pretty sweet.

If your yeast poops out at 1.04, it could be that you've exceeded their alcohol tolerance, in which case you may wish to dilute and repitch.


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