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Old 10-25-2010, 04:57 PM   #1
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Default Very slow start... what to do?

Just put together my first batch of mead on Saturday morning. 2 gal of Orange Blossom Mead OG 1.111. The LHBS was out of any liquid mead yeast so they recommended WLP727 (Steinberg), and said I wouldn't need a starter considering it was only a 2 gal batch. So I just pitched that one little vial...

BUT, now this thing is doing nothing whatsoever - no signs of fermentation at all, after 48 hours of so.

Should I rehydrate and pitch a packet of 71b-1122 that I have in the fridge???

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Old 10-25-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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You may just have a long lag phase due to pitching the vial. What temp are you maintaining?

I'd aerate it really well and give it a little more time.

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Keeping it at 68 right now. I had aerated really well when I pitched. Not sure how long mead yeast types take to get going, and I'm so used to my beers taking off within 12 hours at that temp.

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If nothing has happened in a week, re-pitch.

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I was just worried about something else taking hold in there since the yeast doesn't appear to be taking care of business. I'll RDWHAHB.

Do mead fermentations make a lot of noise, so to speak, or are they pretty anti-climactic?

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There not nearly as active as beer in most cases. I'd open it up and aerate it again to give them a boost and see if that gets them moving. If it remains quiet, letting it warm up a few degrees may speed them up.

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Houston, we have lift off! Starting to get a very fine froth on top and the bubbles that were in the airlock have shifted - I'm guessing at least one bubble came out!

Ok yes definitely just saw a bubble come out... Amazing what can excite me in brewing.

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I've had meads explode with fermentation. I didn't see you say anything about nutrient, did you add any or use the staggered nutrient addition schedule on the sticky on the Mead forum? Definitely something to look into for next time!

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I've had meads explode with fermentation. I didn't see you say anything about nutrient, did you add any or use the staggered nutrient addition schedule on the sticky on the Mead forum? Definitely something to look into for next time!
I didn't see the sticky, but I did put 2 grams of Fermaid K in there, and 2 grams of Go Ferm (I think that was about 1/2 tsp of each). Wasn't sure which one to go with so I figured both... Should I put more nutrient in as it ferments, or did I already put in too much?


Edit: Checked out the sticky info on nutrients, and see that Go Ferm is only supposed to be used during rehydration of dry yeast. Oops.
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Ok just checked out the sticky, and I could do the progressive nutrient + DAP additions, given what I put in there at inoculation. I didn't put any DAP in originally, so oh well, I can add some now. Gonna check the brix and go forth with that plan.

Is there any harm in adding a little bit too much nutrient? I assume there probably is if it's way too much, but I'm talking just a couple grams?

Edit: Brix has only dropped 0.4. Think I'll wait until tomorrow, would be helpful to hear what you think about whether I should go ahead and use the staggered nutrient schedule with this batch. I have both Fermaid K and DAP on hand.

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