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Forum: Mead Forum 11-18-2008, 12:02 AM
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Posted By greggdogg
Ah. So why so slow a fermentation?

Ah. So why so slow a fermentation?
Forum: Mead Forum 11-17-2008, 09:50 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
Also, how cold-tolerant is Wyeast Dry Mead? Will...

Also, how cold-tolerant is Wyeast Dry Mead? Will it actually ferment at 62?
Forum: Mead Forum 11-16-2008, 07:01 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
OK, we hit the one month mark the other day. I...

OK, we hit the one month mark the other day. I took a sample. OG was 1.097, right now it's at 1.029. It's still sickly sweet, but I'm fermenting cool (62.5F).

Do you think the yeast will drop...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-18-2008, 04:02 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
Actually, I did what I do for my beer primaries -...

Actually, I did what I do for my beer primaries - Sanitized aluminum foil.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-18-2008, 03:19 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
This is such a noobish question, I'm embarrassed...

This is such a noobish question, I'm embarrassed to ask it - I'm also too lazy to sanitize a thief and hydrometer flask.

Visually, there's almost no activity going on. No foam on top, save for a...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-12-2008, 01:44 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
You know, I did that. But I believe I measured...

You know, I did that. But I believe I measured the gallons wrong. On a 1 gallon glass jug, where's the measure? At the lip, at the neck, etc.?
Forum: Mead Forum 10-12-2008, 02:45 AM
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Posted By greggdogg
I'd say my measurements are a bit off in trying...

I'd say my measurements are a bit off in trying to "find" 5 gallons in a 6.5gal carboy.

I mixed pretty fiercely for several minutes, so it doesn't appear stratified.

In this case, what are my...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-12-2008, 12:54 AM
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Posted By greggdogg
hightest, that's pretty clear, thanks. At...

hightest, that's pretty clear, thanks.

At what point can I pitch the yeast? Is 48 hours too long a wait?

One other thing - My OG only came out to about 1.097. Is that too low?
Forum: Mead Forum 10-11-2008, 08:23 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
Well, not to ignore everyone, but... :) I...

Well, not to ignore everyone, but... :)

I mixed up the must earlier, dropped in 5 (crushed) tabs of Campden that advertise 30ppm of SO2 in 1 gallon must (each). I'll pitch yeast on Monday night,...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-10-2008, 08:30 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
Can you define a healthy yeast pitch? I've got a...

Can you define a healthy yeast pitch? I've got a smack pack of Wyeast Dry Mead. It's one of the "Activator" size ones. For beer, I'd normally make a starter. Can I just pitch this as-is?
Forum: Mead Forum 10-10-2008, 08:10 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
Basic mead question

Hi all, I'm making a mead this weekend. I've only done this once before, so I'll make sure I'm doing this right:

12lbs orange blossom honey
Enough water to top off to 5 gallons

Shake (in...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-12-2007, 08:53 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
3279+5=3284

3279+5=3284
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 11-01-2007, 08:08 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
I cracked a few of these before I learned the...

I cracked a few of these before I learned the secret.

DON'T LET IT COME IN CONTACT WITH HOT WATER. I started washing/sanitizing in lukewarm water, and my latest one hasn't developed these cracks.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2007, 07:32 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
Ah, I should have mentioned: 1. I used...

Ah, I should have mentioned:

1. I used apple cider, not apple juice.
2. I pitched champagne yeast, not montrachet.

Does that change anything?
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2007, 06:37 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
Finings and carbonation (apfelwein)

If I were to use Super Kleer KC or something of that nature, would that precipiate out all of the yeast? I need enough viable yeast to bottle condition/carbonate in a couple of weeks. Would...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 10-25-2007, 05:59 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
RDWHAHB. Damn character limits.

RDWHAHB. Damn character limits.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-13-2007, 11:25 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
Hrm, that site mentions that the pasteur...

Hrm, that site mentions that the pasteur champagne is not for sparkling wines. Think I can still get this stuff to carbonate?
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-13-2007, 06:11 PM
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Posted By greggdogg
Only because I can't search 218 pages back...If ...

Only because I can't search 218 pages back...If I'm fermenting at 68F, is that too hot? I'm using Pasteur Champagne yeast and I don't want to bring out any funky esters.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-11-2007, 01:47 AM
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Posted By greggdogg
I just made this recipe on Sunday, with 5 gallons...

I just made this recipe on Sunday, with 5 gallons of sweet apple cider instead of regular apple juice. I also used 2 packs of champagne yeast. By Monday afternoon, I had to add a blowoff tube. ...
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