I started a sweet cherry melomel (6 gals) and added 2 cans of Oregon Sweet Cherry Puree which has all settled to the bottom. The yeast is going loco on it which is great. My question is should I mix it up/aerate it and if so how often and for how long (months/weeks)?
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You want to stir the crap out of it for the first 2-3 days to get plenty of oxygen in the must but jezter's right - once the fermentation is half finished you might want to give it a mild stir but that's it.
I stirred the bejeezuz out of mine when I started the batch on 2/5. I did swirl the bucket on the 9th before a nutrient addition. I just picked it up by the handle and twisted back/forth a few times to get a few things off the bottom back into suspension. It agitates without aerating.
This weekends gravity reading was 1.002 (down from 1.104).
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