Hey all, thanks ahead of time for any feedback. I started my first mead yesterday, it's a pretty basic 1 gallon batch of strawberry melomel. I just have a few questions for you guys. First, the basic info:
3 pounds Clover Honey
2 pounds strawberries (frozen for one day with stems removed)
1 gallon of Spring Water
Doing a regular SNA schedule with Nutriferm and a Yeast Nutrient the guy from my LHBS suggested
Fermentation started in under 9 hours, was at one bubble per 7 seconds and was down to about 3 seconds at 17 hours.
Also, I'm planning on adding a pound of strawberries (and removing the first 2 pounds obviously) when I rack to my secondary.
My first question is, does an OG of 1.080 seem a little bit low? If it only gets to a FG of somewhere between 1.010 - 1.020, that's only roughly 8 or 9% right?
My second question is, I didn't use any campden.. Is it really necessary for a strawberry melomel? Do you think I should use it when I rack to my secondary or is it something I shouldn't be too worried about?