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Old 08-14-2014, 04:01 PM   #11
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loveofrose...I would also mention that you should strongly consider yeast pitching rates as an important point. As we often are starting with much higher gravities in mead, I believe a single 5 gm packet of yeast, or a single packet of liquid yeast is inadequate. For a 5-6 gal batch, I generally use 15-20 grams of dry yeast, or if using liquid yeast make a propagation starter. Along with all your other points, I think this is equally important in a quality healthy fermentation...

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Old 08-14-2014, 05:07 PM   #12
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loveofrose...I would also mention that you should strongly consider yeast pitching rates as an important point. As we often are starting with much higher gravities in mead, I believe a single 5 gm packet of yeast, or a single packet of liquid yeast is inadequate. For a 5-6 gal batch, I generally use 15-20 grams of dry yeast, or if using liquid yeast make a propagation starter. Along with all your other points, I think this is equally important in a quality healthy fermentation...

Good point. Many folks have been misled by the smack packs.


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Old 08-14-2014, 05:51 PM   #13
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I've never had a problem using single packets of dried yeast....have gone up to 18.5% abv on a single packet of 1118, honey all up front, staggered nutrients....only smack pack I've tried was Wyeast 4181 (only wine/mead yeast the LHBS/brewpub had in stock - he has a lot of equipment, but ingredients are geared towards brewing beer) ...it worked fine by itself, but used in a lower gravity cyser, so....can't comment on smack packs for high gravity. But, to reiterate, have never had a problem with a single pack of properly rehydrated dried yeast along with a decent nutrient schedule. Since the initial process of the making of mead is relatively easy, I prefer to keep it that way by using dried yeaast, typically (but not always) using 1116 as my go-to and 1118 if doing something silly strong

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Old 08-15-2014, 04:28 AM   #14
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fuelish...I'm not saying you can't ferment with a single 5 gm packet, but I guarantee you the fermentation will be healthier, quicker, and produce less fuesels and other undesirable fermentation byproducts if you use a proper pitch rate. You *can* make mead without SNA or any of the other very important things that loveofrose highlighted in his awesome post, but it won't be nearly as good!

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