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Old 11-08-2012, 06:13 PM   #21
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Thank you everyone for the advice and info. This is how it turned out. 15lbs of honey, nutrients, and plenty of oxygen due to the cordless drill paint stirrer attachment I picked up. It has been doing well in the primary now for 6 days.

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Old 11-08-2012, 09:46 PM   #22
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Just wait until it starts to clear.

There's nothing quite like making your first mead and seeing it progress. But, once you've done a few batches, you care less about seeing how it's doing. I've gotten to that stage. I'm letting mine go the amount of time needed, and then racking when appropriate. Cleaning a couple of my reserve fermentation vessels now, so that I can transfer a batch into one, and use another to make a new batch.

I also have the latest batch sitting on a rug with keglove on it, with a heating pad between the keg (what I ferment in) and the glove. This is so that I can maintain the temperature the yeast likes to be at during fermentation. It's progressing well, but I'm probably a good month away from fermentation being complete (using RC-212).

Something to keep in mind... Be patient with your mead. Don't rush it along and you'll get something GREAT out of it.

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Old 11-10-2012, 02:05 AM   #23
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Something to keep in mind... Be patient with your mead. Don't rush it along and you'll get something GREAT out of it.
This bears repeating over and over. Case in point: a mead I made in 2008 from orange/tangerine juice and orange blossom honey--a considerable investment--was tremendously disappointing after a year in the fermenter and a year in the bottle. Last week I opened a bottle on a whim--it is spectacular.
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