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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
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
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
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