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Old 10-08-2012, 03:07 AM   #1
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I just started my first mead. I made a starter and it started fermenting almost right away. The krausen us building up pretty good.

My question is...when do I add the yeast energizer? How do I know when it's the right time?

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:13 AM   #2
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Yeast energizer is mostly a nitrogen supplement. Usually you add it either when you pitch your yeast, or when your fermentation is slowing way down and your not anywhere near you desired FG.

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I'd put that energizer in now. You might also consider a staggered nutrient addition:
http://home.comcast.net/~mzapx1/FAQ/SNAddition.pdf
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Thanks. Can too much energizer or nutrient hurt the mead?

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Thanks. Can too much energizer or nutrient hurt the mead?
Yes, it's possible it could cause some off flavours if you use too much, but you'd have to use a whole lot more than you would need; as long as you follow the directions on the pkg and/or the SNA schedule, you should be just fine & make some great mead.
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I added some yeast energizer and nutrient to my mead. The mead started off pretty good, then 3 days later fermentation was slowing down a lot. I figured there was no way it was almost done fermenting. Maybe a half hour after I added the yeast energizer and nutrient, the mead started fermenting strong again. I'm gone for the next week so I hope it will be ok.

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