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IanBiggins 11-07-2011 04:16 PM

A little advice please?
Hey there, I'm very new to the whole idea of home brewing and decided to buy a little starter kit to get myself going. I got underway making my mead and after finishing preparing the must, etc etc and leaving it for a few hours there's not much in the way of foam or bubbling, should I be worried or just be patient?


I'm probably just being a little paranoid, but some reassurance would be nice. Thanks in advance!

biochemedic 11-08-2011 01:46 AM

A few hours is nothing, so I'd let it ride for while...a few details are always helpful (original gravity, or if you didn't take a reading, the amount of honey and volume of your batch; the type of yeast; if it was dry yeast, did you rehydrate it?)

Either way, I'll bet by this time tomorrow, you'll report back that the fermentation is rocking...

HerbieHomebrew 11-08-2011 01:48 AM

Agreed, fermentaion can take up to 2 hours pr thereabouts, depending on the variable biochemedic mentioned above, youre good.

xloserxdrummerx 11-08-2011 02:06 AM

My first batch took a day and a half before it really kicked off. Have faith!

ExoticMeadMaker 11-08-2011 02:43 AM

in the school of home brew, patience is the curriculum

Blanchy 11-08-2011 03:28 AM


Originally Posted by ExoticMeadMaker (Post 3466039)
in the school of home brew, patience is the curriculum

Seconded- doubly so for mead. Fortunately, the solution for impatience is just to start a batch of something else :D

brewingmeister 11-08-2011 06:09 AM

A straight mead really doesn't foam up very much if at all. At least nothing like beer or a melomel. Forget about it for a long while...mead likes being abandoned.

IanBiggins 11-08-2011 10:02 AM

Wow! Thanks for All the replies folks! Great wee community. I got home from work this morning, lo and behold:



As for the gravity, etc I can't say much on that. It contained 3 pound of honey though.

huesmann 11-08-2011 01:31 PM

Depending on the yeast you used, there may not be much visual evidence beyond what you see on top of your must. Is your airlock bubbling?

IanBiggins 11-08-2011 02:44 PM

There's a little bubbling, once every 30-35 seconds maybe?

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