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Old 12-09-2008, 06:03 AM   #1
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Default My1st batch... is it already screwed up?

I just started this batch 1 day ago and now I'm really not sure of what's going on with it.
Is it contaminaded?
Is it not activating?
I ahve pictures to illustrate
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Please help...

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Old 12-09-2008, 06:18 AM   #2
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Well...we need more info first. From the photos you can't really tell too much. What are you making, what are your ingredients? If it's only been a day and you've followed proper sanitizing and yeast rehydrating instructions you should see some action soon. Just be patient.

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Old 12-09-2008, 06:21 AM   #3
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Guns N Roses my friend. You need a little patience.

Is that a 5 gallon carboy? You may want to invest in a blow off tube.

Edit: Sorry I didn't realize this is mead. I have know idea what I'm talking about.

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Old 12-09-2008, 06:22 AM   #4
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yes its ruined

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Old 12-09-2008, 06:48 AM   #5
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Can't see anything in that pic. Without knowing anything at all about what caused you to ask this question, I will say don't worry about it and wait it out.

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Old 12-09-2008, 08:43 AM   #6
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Looks fine to me.
my last mead took 3 days before it fired on all cylinders.

Mead is magic, chaos and hatred in a golden, tasty form.
mead requires patience.

wait.

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Old 12-09-2008, 02:33 PM   #7
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Thank you so much for all the comments
My concern comes from the fat that there is stuff floating in the middle of the carboy...
it just looks like there is something growing there and this is not what I've observed from others that happens, thus my concern.
Ingredients:
16 gal of orange blossom honey
3 lemons -acid
3 bags of black tea -tannin
8 bags of green tea added at the last 15 min of on stove brewing
The Yeast is Sweet Whine and Mead Yeast from White Labs.

Also I kept my yeast in the freezer not the fridge, I did defrost them (on their own) before putting them in. it said on the vial that the yeast will take 5-15 hrs to start doing stuff...
So it's been over 24 at this point so I'm a bit concerned

What's a blow off tube? I've got an airlock on it do i need something else?

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Old 12-09-2008, 02:43 PM   #8
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not unless your airlock fills with must. Did you boil your honey???

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well i cooked it.... i believe you are not supposed to actually boil it.

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Old 12-09-2008, 02:47 PM   #10
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yes its ruined
Damn you.....I just spit coffe again!
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