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  • Posted in thread: Second Mead, first was a disaster on 02-13-2015 at 04:01 PM
    Try making an acclimated starter and use a yeast with a higher alcohol tolerance like EC-1118
    or K1-V116. Make your starter as usual, but before you pitch it add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup
    of your mead...

  • Posted in thread: Back sweeting on 02-13-2015 at 03:36 PM
    To stabilize your mead, rack onto 1/4 tsp metabisulfite for a 5 gallon batch(yours is pretty
    close) and 1/2 tsp potassium sorbate per gallon (so 2.5 tsp) in a clean and sanitized
    fermenter. This preve...

  • Posted in thread: Cherry Vanilla Recipe Help on 01-21-2015 at 04:46 PM
    2 concerns...1) most melomel recipes call for 3lbs of fruit per gallon, split between primary
    and secondary, so your mead may end up a bit light on the cherry flavor.2) OJ is acidic, so it
    would lower...

  • Posted in thread: Problem with champagne yeast on 01-19-2015 at 08:00 PM
    I doubt you ruined it. You may not know "exactly" how strong the wine is, but it should ferment
    out just fine.

  • Posted in thread: Legends in Winemaking: Jack Keller on 01-19-2015 at 07:56 PM
    This was a great read! Thanks to both of you for the interview!

  • Posted in thread: Skeeter Pee on 01-19-2015 at 07:55 PM
    I wouldn't bother boiling the zest; I'd ether make an extract with vodka/everclear, or I'd put
    it in a spice bag and let it steep during secondary. Taste every now and then and when it gets
    to where y...

  • Posted in thread: Made beer for years my first wine with questions.. on 01-19-2015 at 07:40 PM
    I've never made a kit(mostly meads and country wines), but wouldn't boiling the water remove
    the dissolved O2? Yeast need oxygen during the initial growth ("lag") phase. Unless you're
    planning in aera...

  • Posted in thread: Started my first batch!!! on 01-19-2015 at 07:35 PM
    The carbonation could be skewing your readings, try going is gentle swirl or a gentle stir with
    a sanitized spoon. It could also be that the sugars weren't thoroughly mixed when you took you
    initial g...

  • Posted in thread: Started my first batch!!! on 01-15-2015 at 04:56 PM
    For my next batch, i'm going to do a welch's white grape peach. I'm going to wait until I move
    the lemonade to the secondary. Then, i'll start the other one.Start watching craigslist for
    carboys. Lowe...

  • Posted in thread: Question on 01-12-2015 at 06:46 PM
    You should be fine. If you start seeing any sediment in the jars I'd transfer off of them after
    60 days or so, but otherwise I don't foresee any problems as long as you added kmeta when you
    racked, 1/...