Another Stuck Ferment thread. - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Another Stuck Ferment thread.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-05-2009, 09:05 PM   #1
SegmentedMonkey
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 59


I've had a cyser on since just before christmas, and right after new years, after reading a bunch of recipes I decided to up my honey content, so I added another few pounds to my 5 gal batch already underway. Well, since then, the SG has hardly moved at all (1.033 after addition, 1.029 today). The fermenter was still bubbling during this time, not as vigorously as it had been at first, but bubbling nonetheless.

Now, to possibly answer my own question, it DID get very cold in my storage room where my brews sit (54 degrees for a few weeks). Is this likely to have done any permanent damage, or should the process pick up again now that I've moved the whole process to a different, warmer room?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2009, 09:24 PM   #2
gratus fermentatio
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
gratus fermentatio's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Montana
Posts: 12,209
Liked 2577 Times on 1429 Posts


Try giving it a swirl or two, move it to a warmer location & you might add more yeast nutrient/energizer/DAP, any you added at the beginning of the ferment may have been all used up by now. Mix your nutrient/etc with water before adding, or it could foam up on you real fast. I'll bet it'll start right up after a day or so, provided the ABV hasn't exceeded the yeast tolerance. Regards, GF.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2009, 09:32 PM   #3
Tusch
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Spring Valley, Ohio
Posts: 1,379
Liked 12 Times on 10 Posts


Getting that cold, depending on the yeast used, can certainly slow the yeast down significantly. If you have already put it in a warmer environment, just keep an eye on it, as it will probably pick right back up.
__________________
Meads: Hababero and Sarrano Capiscumel, Show Mead possibly getting split and flavored, and 12 gallons of Bochet Deliciousness
Ciders:3 Ciders with differing additives TBD, Strawberry/Apple Cider
Wine: Black Cherry Vanilla Port

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2009, 09:37 PM   #4
hightest
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Bridgeton, NJ
Posts: 434
Liked 19 Times on 7 Posts


There are several possible reasons why this batch is stalled. The 54 deg room temp. is #1 on my list. Others depend on information not provided (there's an FAQ about what should be included in a post like this...)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2009, 09:57 PM   #5
SegmentedMonkey
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 59

I guess I wasn't really asking what CAUSED the stuck ferment, as I kind of knew that it was probably because it had darn near froze solid.

I was more concerned with whether or not it would pick back up when rewarmed, or if I'd have to repitch. I did take the advice to add another batch of nutrient in water, as I'd planned on doing that at this point in the secondary anyway.

Thanks for the responses!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2009, 10:28 PM   #6
Tusch
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Spring Valley, Ohio
Posts: 1,379
Liked 12 Times on 10 Posts


Give it a few days to see if it picks back up, otherwise look into restarting a stuck fermentation.
__________________
Meads: Hababero and Sarrano Capiscumel, Show Mead possibly getting split and flavored, and 12 gallons of Bochet Deliciousness
Ciders:3 Ciders with differing additives TBD, Strawberry/Apple Cider
Wine: Black Cherry Vanilla Port

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
stuck ferment? extexan Fermentation & Yeast 1 08-20-2009 11:38 PM
stuck ferment lupulin All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 01-08-2009 09:40 AM
ferment stuck? FEARDIZ Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 12-07-2007 03:34 PM
Sometimes a stuck ferment is ... david_42 General Techniques 7 09-29-2007 07:39 PM
Stuck ferment that wasn't Seveneer General Techniques 9 03-17-2006 01:09 AM


Forum Jump