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Old 12-11-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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I am having trouble finding a book or FAQ on making mead. I see a lot of great info hear and the stickies are great. But I have some questions I am not seeing answers to.

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Is it ok to open the fermentation bucket to add nutrient, check ph, check gravity or if I'm I want make the alchohol content higher

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Old 12-11-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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Try Ken Schramm's book. It's a bit dated, but a great read. http://www.amazon.ca/The-Compleat-Meadmaker-Production-Award-winning/dp/0937381802

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Old 12-11-2012, 07:40 PM   #3
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That is the only way to get the stuff inside the must. Its also ok to open the bucket to give it a good stir twice a day. Its ok to just open the bucket and give it a good sniff to enjoy. Its also ok to just take a big towel and use that to cover up your primary so the gasses can escape. WVMJ

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Old 12-11-2012, 07:50 PM   #4
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Great thank you both ! I have read the complete meadmaker but some of it is hard to understand as a first time brewer.

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Old 12-11-2012, 07:54 PM   #5
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There is so much to learn and play with I am all ready excited about making my next batch. I found a great bee keeper who makes wildflower and buckwheat honeys. But he is retiring this spring. Ugh!

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Old 12-11-2012, 08:29 PM   #6
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I understand completely--I'm pretty new to this, as well. You'll find that Ken's knowledge sticks a little better, as does what you'll learn in the forums, once you've started applying it. It did for me, anyway.

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Old 12-11-2012, 08:43 PM   #7
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Very true it's a good read and has a lot of history. Just learning the ropes it's rough going through a entire book to find the info I need.

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Very true it's a good read and has a lot of history. Just learning the ropes it's rough going through a entire book to find the info I need.
Why so, I'm a newb as well, but really why the rush, this is a waiting game for everyone.... just my .02
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Read up on the Got Mead forums. Schramm's book is very much outdated (he says so himself).

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Like golddiggie says, gotmead.....

They have the excellent "NewBee" guide (linked at the left hand yellow dialogue box on the forums front page). Not mega up to date but recent enough to be very useful.

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