Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Lemon-ginger metheglin

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-04-2010, 04:33 PM   #1
3 Dog Brew
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
3 Dog Brew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 281
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default Lemon-ginger metheglin

This is about my 6th batch of mead and I have used the Lalvin 71B-1122 yeast for my last 3 batches with good results.

I can't seem to get this to ferment to completion. I don't recall my starting gravity (it's written in my log at home), but I'm sure it was around 1.080 and now this batch is at 1.030 and 5% ABV (using a Vinometer to determine). It has not fallen clear, so I suspect all the yeast has not fallen out yet. I moved it into the house to keep it from getting too cold. Yesterday it was between 68 and 70 deg F.

Last week I added a sachet of Red Star Montrachet wine yeast hoping that I could get this batch to finish out. Nothing, or very little progress has been made.

It doesn't taste bad, like hard lemonade. Not what I was hoping for anyway. I'm starting to wonder if the acidity of the lemon juice is stifling my yeast. Any ideas on how to proceed?

TIA for any input

3 Dog Brew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-05-2010, 11:56 AM   #2
gratus fermentatio
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Montana
Posts: 8,356
Liked 713 Times on 500 Posts
Likes Given: 1783

Default

I'd say it's a PH problem (too low) from the lemon juice. How much lemon juice did you put in? Did you add any nutrients? If you can, test a sample with a PH test kit. You can reduce acidity with calcium carbonate or potassium bicarb and/or thinning with water. If you thin, you can always add more honey after to bring your SG back up again. Regards, GF.

__________________
gratus fermentatio is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-06-2010, 01:55 AM   #3
3 Dog Brew
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
3 Dog Brew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 281
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Thanks, I'll get some ph measurements and go from there.

3 Dog Brew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-06-2010, 12:33 PM   #4
gratus fermentatio
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Montana
Posts: 8,356
Liked 713 Times on 500 Posts
Likes Given: 1783

Default

I learned the hard way that lemon juice doesn't really add any flavour to a mead, it just adds acid. You'll get more flavour from the zest of those lemons. Regards, GF.

__________________
gratus fermentatio is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-02-2010, 01:24 PM   #5
3 Dog Brew
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
3 Dog Brew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 281
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Update: I added about 1/2 cup of Baking Soda to the Metheglin to reduce the Acid (raise the pH) and fermentation has completed. I'm just waiting for it to clarify now.

3 Dog Brew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-02-2010, 03:20 PM   #6
wayneb
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Evergreen, Colorado
Posts: 211
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Next time you might want to use potassium carbonate or potassium bicarb. The sodium version (aka baking soda) can make your mead taste "salty" and as well may not be good for people on sodium restricted diets.

__________________
wayneb is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Check out my Lemon-Ginger Mead Recipe... Mr. Nice Guy Mead Forum 25 12-04-2012 03:46 PM
carrot n ginger cider (ginger fear ) carlos Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer 4 09-29-2011 05:09 AM
startin a lemon/ginger blonde, gotta question LTrain Extract Brewing 2 09-01-2009 02:05 AM
GQ Summer Brew with lemon...too much lemon 98EXL Extract Brewing 12 07-07-2007 06:47 PM
Frankenheim Lemon Recipe? (70% Lemon, 30% altbier) gopherhockey Recipes/Ingredients 1 02-18-2006 04:06 PM