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Old 06-12-2011, 09:18 PM   #11
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I've gone with S-04 this time as I had half a pack left after using it on my cyser a while back. It was producing some bubbles during rehydration which is always a good sign.

Its now sitting at about 16.5 c (temp range of S-04 being 15 - 20), hoping to reduce the chances of producing paint thinner this time, but If it hasn't started up by tommorw after work I can up the temp a bit, and if the yeast fails completely theres enough headspace in the DJ to re-pitch with D47... though I hope that won't be needed!

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:26 AM   #12
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My watermelon melomel was awful last time I checked, and by awful I mean a year in it made me gag at the smell and taste.

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Old 06-13-2011, 08:59 AM   #13
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Eek! Hope mine doesn't end up taking that long to be nice.
For anyone planning on trying it, this morning it is fermenting fine, however, the pulp I put in has formed a layer at the top which is trapping the co2 a bit so I may have to rack from underneath it after work I guess and top up with my frozen juice...

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Old 06-13-2011, 09:22 AM   #14
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Picture of all the goop sat at top...

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Old 06-14-2011, 05:55 PM   #15
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Well I racked from under it, re aerated and topped up a little, seems much happier now.
Would deffinatly recommend removing pulp for anyone trying this!
(Currently tastes awesome!)

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Old 06-14-2011, 07:37 PM   #16
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Well I racked from under it, re aerated and topped up a little, seems much happier now.
Would definitely recommend removing pulp for anyone trying this!
(Currently tastes awesome!)
What's "awesome" now, might not be so when it's finished it's ferment.

The problem is, with ferments that contain pulp, is exactly what you've mentioned. Hence people invariably aerate daily, to de-gas but also to oxygenate the must.

You've racked it off the pulp, that's probably the best thing to happen, I just hope you've topped it up with something to reduce the head space......
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Yeah, I know the sweetness will reduce (or go completely), just have to see how it goes.
I topped up with more melon juice to get head space back to where it was but krausen is currently filling the rest so can't get it up the the neck. I'm checking it when ever I can and will top up to the neck once all the foam goes down!

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Yeah, I know the sweetness will reduce (or go completely), just have to see how it goes.
I topped up with more melon juice to get head space back to where it was but krausen is currently filling the rest so can't get it up the the neck. I'm checking it when ever I can and will top up to the neck once all the foam goes down!
Top it up with the DJ in the sink and add the top up liquid gently, which flushes all the foam down the side of the DJ, which can then be rinsed and dried.....
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Would it then not just make more foam that will go up the air lock?

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