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Old 12-20-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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I posted a question earlier, but I am not sure I explained myself properly. I brewed my first mead and in 24 hours it started fermenting. The kruesen started reaching the top of my primary, so I took off the cork and inserted a blow-off tube. In the morning, I checked the blow-off tube and I have no activity whatsoever. I wonder if I made a mistake in the process.

Is this normal? Did I mess someting up? Should I start over?

Anyone have any opinions?

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Old 12-20-2007, 10:16 PM   #2
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What exactly do you mean by "no activity?"

If there is still visual evidence of fermentation (kraeusen, churnning wort, bubbles on the surface, etc.), then I'd say that maybe you have a leak between the fermenter and the blowoff tube.

It's pretty unlikely that any brew (mead or wine included) would go from kraeusen to nada overnight. Check your seals first, then report with more detailed info if that's not the issue.

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Old 12-20-2007, 11:01 PM   #3
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I don't know............I thought I answered this question already once today. I'm sorry you didn't like my answer.

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Old 12-20-2007, 11:53 PM   #4
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oh man...your answer was fine, I am just not sure why it went from first few hours of activity to absolutely nothing overnight. Your reply was fine, I am just not sure why the Kraeusen to no activity overnight.

I will check for leaks....and see what happens....Perhaps I should have started with the blow-off tube and not changes it....

Well, I will keep trying to figure this out.

And thanks again youpper Brew. Your answer was fine.....

Thanks man.

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Thanks man.
Well, mead is strange sometimes. Honey tends to be a slower fermentor, and you need to add some nutrients usually. But not always! And if you add some fruit, it can go nuts. It really depends on so much- from the temperature to the type of yeast used. So, in general what you're seeing might not be "normal" but not out of line either. So, just try to relax, and check the sg in a week or so to see where you're at.

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did you add yeast nutrient?
yeast energizer?

you should be able to see bubbles coming up the sides of the carboy if its fermenting.

did the fermentor have a temperature change over 10 degrees in 24 hours? this would shock the yeast and if it got too cold, would stunt them.

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well, currently I have no bubbling activity whatsoever. I did add yeast nutrients, the temprature did change but not that drastic in 24 hours. It has been no cooler than 70 and no warmer than 76. It has been sitting at 70 really for two days and no activity.

I will have to wait and see, but I suspect there is some type of a problem.

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well, currently I have no bubbling activity whatsoever. I did add yeast nutrients, the temprature did change but not that drastic in 24 hours. It has been no cooler than 70 and no warmer than 76. It has been sitting at 70 really for two days and no activity.

I will have to wait and see, but I suspect there is some type of a problem.
Well, could you take an sg measurement today? That would be the best way to gauge if there really is a problem.
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Yeast nutrient AND energizer, or just nutrient? they are NOT the same thing. mead need energizer more than anything as honey has a low FAN level.

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well, I have never done an sg measurement. What actually do I look for?

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