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Old 01-22-2010, 05:44 PM   #31
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Yes wait 24 hours before you pitch as camden will kill your yeast fast. I used the camden as to deter any wild yeast from interfering with my batchs. I typically use fresh picked berries right from the farm, so there is no telling whats on them. LOL

1/3 honey to 2/3 water usually gives you a reading of 1.150 on your hydrometer. Strawberries will drop your SG to about 1.128 or so being they do not have a high concentration of sugar in them. So your right one the money or real close. I highly suggest you get a hydrometer or using one on every batch. Its the only real way you can reproduce a winning mead.

When taking your specific gravity when using fruit, use a turkey baster and syphone below the cap. This leaves the chunks behind. YMVV
Sweet. Thanks for the tips, yo.

I'll take the OG tonight before I pitch.
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Crap, forgot to buy strawberries today!

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Old 01-22-2010, 11:51 PM   #33
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I just mixed it up really well. Got the strawberries and everything pretty well mixed and an OG of 1.138. Then I mixed it up again and got an OG of 1.115.

Do you guys typically have trouble getting good OG readings with this much fruit floating around and dissolving in primary?

I pitched the 1116 today. I'll just take another SG reading tomorrow and figure out which was closer.

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i might be in on this one....just have to pick up the ingredients anyone break this down for a 3 gallon batch yet..

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I just started my 1 gallon batch (OG 1.140). I only used half of my yeast packet... and have left over honey... plus an empty 1 gallon carboy. I guess I need to go get more strawberries to start a second batch... because I'm pretty sure this stuff is gonna go fast once its finished.

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I too started my batch today..I am going to be using a yeast starter..it is on the stirplate now, and will pitch tomorrow. I will post my initial measurements at that point. Hope you are all doing well. Yomamma...did you get another batch whipped up???

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I just mixed it up really well. Got the strawberries and everything pretty well mixed and an OG of 1.138. Then I mixed it up again and got an OG of 1.115.

Do you guys typically have trouble getting good OG readings with this much fruit floating around and dissolving in primary?

I pitched the 1116 today. I'll just take another SG reading tomorrow and figure out which was closer.
I have made a recipe like this 4 or 5 times now: http://www.utahpagans.org/StrawberryBanana.html

The chopped up (I use frozen) berries make it virtually impossible to get an accurate gravity reading, so I take the reading before adding the berries - I like 1.142 at about 4.2 gallons.

The cap can be a pain. BE VERY CAREFUL when degassing this thing or feeding it. IT WILL FOAM-UP LIKE NOTHING ELSE!
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:00 PM   #38
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yep...don't put a lid on, or airlock at this point...keep a lint free, cotton cloth over the top of it..so you can punch and watch for "overflow"

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Holy crap, $42 for 16# of frozen strawberries!!!

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yeah..but it is gonna be $42 worth of drinking goodness!!

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