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STLExpat 04-09-2012 04:02 PM

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Yep, we have a blow-out. Just checked on it and the airlock was full of junk and it had spilled out some. Switched over to a hose (really glad I thought ahead and sanitized one recently)

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and sanitizer bowl. Lost some of the vanilla though, estimating about half of the pod I scraped out. I'll have to reduce how much I put in next batch so I can keep everything the same


STLExpat 04-12-2012 07:42 PM

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Status update on the experiment. the bread yeast mead has been extremely active and I've lost most of my vanilla in the blow-off tube, so I ended up tossing in the split vanilla pod instead of trying to scape more out and have done the same with the sweet mead yeast batch

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Last night I made the sweet mead version of the recipe. And honestly, it may just be from me still being new to the whole brewing process, but using the Wyeast was kind of a pain. When I opened the packet to pitch the yeast, turns out one if the smack packs didn't pop open and I took the risk of infection by using sterilized scissors to open it. I also forgot to account for the amount of liquid going into the must and ended up having to dump some out before setting up the blow-off tube. Wasn't going to make the same mistake using an airlock with that little head space left, and I put the jug in a plastic bag to catch any spills. Gravity was the same as the mead using bread yeast.

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This morning I checked on it and it didn't bubble over, but there was no room at the top and minimal pressure was escaping as the liquid level rose and one of the oranges partially blocked the hose, so again I dumped some of the must to give everything a little more breathing room. Not much activity but I haven't looked at it since this morning.

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So, as of right now the bread yeast is definitely proving to be more manageable and convenient, but December is still a long way off. I'll update later this afternoon on what the sweet mead yeast batch is doing.


STLExpat 04-12-2012 07:42 PM

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Status update on the experiment. the bread yeast mead has been extremely active and I've lost most of my vanilla in the blow-off tube, so I ended up tossing in the split vanilla pod instead of trying to scape more out and have done the same with the sweet mead yeast batch

Attachment 56717

Last night I made the sweet mead version of the recipe. And honestly, it may just be from me still being new to the whole brewing process, but using the Wyeast was kind of a pain. When I opened the packet to pitch the yeast, turns out one if the smack packs didn't pop open and I took the risk of infection by using sterilized scissors to open it. I also forgot to account for the amount of liquid going into the must and ended up having to dump some out before setting up the blow-off tube. Wasn't going to make the same mistake using an airlock with that little head space left, and I put the jug in a plastic bag to catch any spills. Gravity was the same as the mead using bread yeast.

Attachment 56719

This morning I checked on it and it didn't bubble over, but there was no room at the top and minimal pressure was escaping as the liquid level rose and one of the oranges partially blocked the hose, so again I dumped some of the must to give everything a little more breathing room. Not much activity but I haven't looked at it since this morning.

Attachment 56721


So, as of right now the bread yeast is definitely proving to be more manageable and convenient, but December is still a long way off. I'll update later this afternoon on what the sweet mead yeast batch is doing.


STLExpat 04-12-2012 07:42 PM

3 Attachment(s)

Status update on the experiment. the bread yeast mead has been extremely active and I've lost most of my vanilla in the blow-off tube, so I ended up tossing in the split vanilla pod instead of trying to scape more out and have done the same with the sweet mead yeast batch

Attachment 56717

Last night I made the sweet mead version of the recipe. And honestly, it may just be from me still being new to the whole brewing process, but using the Wyeast was kind of a pain. When I opened the packet to pitch the yeast, turns out one if the smack packs didn't pop open and I took the risk of infection by using sterilized scissors to open it. I also forgot to account for the amount of liquid going into the must and ended up having to dump some out before setting up the blow-off tube. Wasn't going to make the same mistake using an airlock with that little head space left, and I put the jug in a plastic bag to catch any spills. Gravity was the same as the mead using bread yeast.

Attachment 56719

This morning I checked on it and it didn't bubble over, but there was no room at the top and minimal pressure was escaping as the liquid level rose and one of the oranges partially blocked the hose, so again I dumped some of the must to give everything a little more breathing room. Not much activity but I haven't looked at it since this morning.

Attachment 56721


So, as of right now the bread yeast is definitely proving to be more manageable and convenient, but December is still a long way off. I'll update later this afternoon on what the sweet mead yeast batch is doing.


STLExpat 04-19-2012 02:13 PM

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STLExpat 05-03-2012 02:20 PM

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Status update on these. After a couple weeks, the batch using the bread yeast is clearing up a little faster than the one with the sweet mead yeast, however the lighting may be throwing things off a little. Both still have bubbles at the top and in the airlocks, so the fermentation has a ways to go as far as I can tell

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STLExpat 05-05-2012 11:51 AM

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Decided to put these out where I could get more light and see what's going on

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Bread yeast one is definitely coming along nicely, however the sweet mead yeast batch is not progressing as well. I may need to toss some energizer in, but I'll defer to the experts. Thoughts?


STLExpat 07-21-2012 08:56 PM

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Ok guys, the fruit has dropped so now it's time for bottling.

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Couple things I noticed (can't really tell with these pictures) was that the bread yeast batch had a lighter color than the liquid yeast batch. The way the fruit fell was also different.

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With the bread yeast the oranges dropped individually and separate from each other, but with the liquid yeast...



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The oranges were all clumped up and stuck together. Some of them looked bound together with what I believe to be krausen, or I'm hoping it is. The peel on one or two pieces looked a little odd.

There was also a difference in smell as well. The bread yeast batch smelled just like honey, oranges and vanilla. The liquid yeast batch had a very strong alcohol, medicinal smell in addition to those scents. Take with a grain of salt, but I'm liking what I see with the bread yeast. I'll find out come Christmas when I serve the results to my family which is better.


STLExpat 07-21-2012 08:56 PM

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Ok guys, the fruit has dropped so now it's time for bottling.

Attachment 69182

Couple things I noticed (can't really tell with these pictures) was that the bread yeast batch had a lighter color than the liquid yeast batch. The way the fruit fell was also different.

Attachment 69185

With the bread yeast the oranges dropped individually and separate from each other, but with the liquid yeast...



Attachment 69186

Attachment 69187

The oranges were all clumped up and stuck together. Some of them looked bound together with what I believe to be krausen, or I'm hoping it is. The peel on one or two pieces looked a little odd.

There was also a difference in smell as well. The bread yeast batch smelled just like honey, oranges and vanilla. The liquid yeast batch had a very strong alcohol, medicinal smell in addition to those scents. Take with a grain of salt, but I'm liking what I see with the bread yeast. I'll find out come Christmas when I serve the results to my family which is better.


STLExpat 07-21-2012 08:56 PM

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Ok guys, the fruit has dropped so now it's time for bottling.

Attachment 69182

Couple things I noticed (can't really tell with these pictures) was that the bread yeast batch had a lighter color than the liquid yeast batch. The way the fruit fell was also different.

Attachment 69185

With the bread yeast the oranges dropped individually and separate from each other, but with the liquid yeast...



Attachment 69186

Attachment 69187

The oranges were all clumped up and stuck together. Some of them looked bound together with what I believe to be krausen, or I'm hoping it is. The peel on one or two pieces looked a little odd.

There was also a difference in smell as well. The bread yeast batch smelled just like honey, oranges and vanilla. The liquid yeast batch had a very strong alcohol, medicinal smell in addition to those scents. Take with a grain of salt, but I'm liking what I see with the bread yeast. I'll find out come Christmas when I serve the results to my family which is better.



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