So, I started a new 6 gallon batch mead on 12-24-09.
I used 20lbs grocery clover honey, 4 gallons water, 2 pcks D47 wine yeast.
Right after I mixed the honey and water completely, I added 3tsp of energizer in and aerated vigorously for 10+ minutes.
I then pitched 2 pcks D47 (dry- no starter).
Put it under air lock.
Before I pitched the yeast the OG was 1.122
On the 26th I aerated the batch again, I didn't take gravity reading.
On the 28th I aerated the batch again and added 1.5tsp of energizer and mixed it in very well. I did take a gravity reading today and it was at 1.072, at this point the gravity had dropped 50 pts!!
Today, 12-30-09, I aerated the batch again for a few minutes and added another 1.5tsp of energizer. Another gravity reading at this time shows a reading of 1.058, another 14 pts! This batch has dropped 64 pts in 6 days! Actually less than 6 days when you take into account I started the batch late in the evening on the 24th and checked it early this morning. I'm somewhat amazed by this.
I'm wandering at this point if this batch will finish dry? If it falls in gravity by a total of .1000 then my FG will be 1.022 which is at the dessert mead range. The D47 has a tolerance of 14% so it may be able to take it beyond the 1.022? I'd like to get it around 1.014-1.016, middle range for a sweet mead.
Would you folks give me some insight on where you think this is going? I have never had a mead move anywhere near this fast. Thanks in advance.