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Old 07-03-2012, 03:09 PM   #11
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The Fermax label gives dosage per gallon of must. I've had solid results using that dosage level even on very high OG musts. Do what you must to get your must to ferment fully.

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Old 07-04-2012, 01:33 AM   #12
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Am currently trying that starter recipe, and it's bubbling and smells nice and yeasty! Hopefully all goes well from here on out, thanks everyone, will let you know if it keeps going well!

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Old 07-04-2012, 02:06 PM   #13
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Well, it looks like the starter took hold and my mead is fermenting again! Just so I don't screw it up again, what am I looking for before I rack again? I don't want to follow my original instructions seeing as how they brought me nothing but misery... So some general steps and instructions from here on out would be greatly helpful!

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Old 07-04-2012, 02:37 PM   #14
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Well, it looks like the starter took hold and my mead is fermenting again! Just so I don't screw it up again, what am I looking for before I rack again? I don't want to follow my original instructions seeing as how they brought me nothing but misery... So some general steps and instructions from here on out would be greatly helpful!
Since it basically seems as if you are starting from the begining of the ferment....

First your hydrometer is your friend, don't consider racking again until you are able to take at least three readings a few days apart and they all are the same, thats the only definitive way to know youre done with fermentation and your mead is happy and ready to move.

Second, consider at least daily if not 2-3 times a day giving your must a good shake or stir for the first third of fermentation (based off of hydro readings) or if not feeling like doing the math at least the first few days, this will get rid of some of the CO2 and introduce some O2 which makes the yeast happy during the initial days of fermentation. releasing some of the CO2 also lets out some carbonic acid to help control the possible pH issue.

adding some nutrients when you reach that 1/3 break (or 3 days of aeration) can also be beneficial, give it one last really good stir or shake or you can end up with a geyser then mix the nutrient with a little warm water, add it and give it another quick mix, then leave it all be for awhile to finish out.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:13 PM   #15
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If the acidity is to high you may wish to try some acid balancer: Calcium Carbonate, I believe. 1 teaspoon should bring it back down. I had the problem of my mead not starting with a thick blueberry I had. I redosed it with yeast and not go. I racked it and it started right up. Just needed to be moved around a bit and degased. So hopefully that's all you need. I would try that before you go messing too much with it.

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