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Old 10-13-2008, 11:27 PM   #21
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a word of caution: DO NOT substitute any commercial nutrient (or DAP) for Go-Ferm...
hightest: I'm curious as to just why you recommend Go-Ferm & nothing else, I know it's a fine product, never had a problem with it, but I haven't had any problems with the semi-generic yeast nutrient/energizers either. I've never tried the Servomyces capsules, so I don't know how they compare to anything, but I might try them once, just to see if they're worth the $9.95 per 6 caps pricetag, but was also curious as to your opinion(s) on them. Regards, GF.
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:39 PM   #22
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This idea sounds like a Polish mead. I have had Apis Kurpiowski and Jadwiga. Both were excellant. I believe they are about five years old when they are bottled. We checked the gravity of the Jadwiga before we drank it. I don't remember exactly, but it was around 1.120! That's not a typo. The FINAL gravity was around 1.120!
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:52 PM   #23
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.... I've never tried the Servomyces capsules, so I don't know how they compare to anything, but I might try them once, just to see if they're worth the $9.95 per 6 caps pricetag, but was also curious as to your opinion(s) on them. Regards, GF.
Ok, I'll answer your questions in separate posts, starting with the use of "servo".

In short, I do not recommend the use of Servo for mead. The why is based on a January 2005 chat with Dr. Tobias Fischborn (Lallemand scientist) where he answered various questions about Servo. Essentially, I think there is insufficient evidence to assert it is a proven winner in making mead. For the details behind this assertion, please read my FAQ on this subject.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:08 AM   #24
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hightest: I'm curious as to just why you recommend Go-Ferm & nothing else, I know it's a fine product, never had a problem with it, but I haven't had any problems with the semi-generic yeast nutrient/energizers either.
Hopefully, I have not confused you on this issue. Go-Ferm is designed specifically as a rehydration nutrient. Whereas nutrients like Fermaid-K, Superfood, Fermax, etc. are designed to supplement existing must nutrients. They are NOT interchangeable...

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GO-FERM is a 100% biological special inactive yeast, produced through a specific autolysing process on yeast biomass in order to obtain high levels of certain essential vitamins (i.e. pantothenate, biotin), minerals (i.e. magnesium, zinc and manganese) and amino acids. ...developed as a tool to avoid sluggish and stuck fermentations. GO-FERM’s effect is evident at the end of fermentation, where quality risks are greatest. It promotes a significantly higher viability of yeast cells and therefore a quicker and more complete consumption of residual sugars even in high maturity grape musts.
Do not use other nutrients (or DAP) in the rehydration water e.g., Fermax, Superfood, Fermaid-K, et.al.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:11 PM   #25
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Thread resurrection alert: Hightest, if you are still around....

How does this taste?

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I have a blackberry mead (12lbs honey 2lbs berries 3gal total volume) aging right now, tastes fantastic but hot at 3 months

Champagne yeast was used, very basic unrefined process used (just nutrients and 4 gals of honey added in steps no starter oxygen infusion temp control etc) so could be anywhere from 16-20%

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