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LazyPBar 11-07-2010 09:52 PM

stuck mead?
hey guys. a month ago i brewed my first mead. og was 1.084. so today, 30 days later, i racked it to a carboy and took a reading. 1.030. the instructions said to keep the mead stored at 75-80 degrees. i kept it on my heating vent but most of the time the temp in my house is 65-70. did i mess up my mead or will it finish out? any help is greatly appreciated.

Rikadyn 11-07-2010 11:01 PM

what yeast did you use?

LazyPBar 11-07-2010 11:16 PM

2 packets of wine yeast. No idea what it was exactly. Came with the kit. But it said the ending gravity should be 0.998-1.003

AZ_IPA 11-07-2010 11:17 PM

Did you use any nutrients?

Mead can take a long time to finish if there aren't sufficient amounts of nitrogen another stuff...

LazyPBar 11-08-2010 12:16 AM

yeah it came with a mead blend packet with nutrients, acids, tannins, etc.

AZ_IPA 11-08-2010 12:19 AM

Since you racked, you may have left too much yeast behind. I'd go ahead and pitch some EC-1118 wine yeast soon...

LazyPBar 12-04-2010 04:38 PM

grrrrr, ok i pitched a packet of EC-1118 about a week later, starting bubbling like crazy for like 4 or 5 days. so now almost 3 weeks later checked my gravity.. 1.018! i havent seen a bubble for 2 weeks. is this mead gonna finish or do i need to repitch... again? thanks guys.

MedsenFey 12-05-2010 01:25 AM

Check the pH.

LazyPBar 12-05-2010 05:26 AM


Originally Posted by MedsenFey (Post 2452670)
Check the pH.

dont have the equipment or the know how. should i order some nutrient and another packet of yeast?

MedsenFey 12-05-2010 10:28 PM

I'd get some pH strips first (with a range that includes 3.0-4.0). If the pH is below about 3.2, that is likely a big factor. Simply pitching more yeast into a stuck batch rarely works because whatever caused the batch to stick in the first place will stun the newly pitched yeast. See Hightest's sticky at the top of the mead forum.

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