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Old 01-04-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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One of my Christmas toys is a new stirplate. I have a mead that started at 1.116, and has been at 1.040 for 3 weeks now. I'm wondering if, instead of buying more yeast, I can harvest yeast from the mead and build it up on the stirplate, and then put it back to try to restart the fermentation? If so, any tips?
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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Was it the right yeast??

That yeast is probably pooped. You might freshen it without infecting your mead, but why try?

 
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:14 PM   #3
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Was it the right yeast??

That yeast is probably pooped. You might freshen it without infecting your mead, but why try?
Yeah, it was the right yeast. But because I was out of brew money and had no stirplate, it was severely underpitched.
It was White Labs 720 Sweet Mead.

I'm still on a pretty tight brew budget, and would rather spend the money on another batch of beer than restarting the mead.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:22 PM   #4
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I've read on the gotmead forums that the WL Sweet Mead Yeasts were spotty in their performance.

 
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:55 PM   #5
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I have never heard of doing such a thing so I wont say it cant or wont work. What are you looking to get out of the mead? Sweet I am guessing? As DaveAllen posted the yeast you used has had very spotty performance from everything I have read. If I were you I would read the restarting stuck ferments in the FAQ and use K1 since it is only another dollar or so.

 
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I have never heard of doing such a thing so I wont say it cant or wont work. What are you looking to get out of the mead? Sweet I am guessing? As DaveAllen posted the yeast you used has had very spotty performance from everything I have read. If I were you I would read the restarting stuck ferments in the FAQ and use K1 since it is only another dollar or so.
I was planning on following the FAQ on stuck ferments, with the exception of harvesting yeast from the mead itself.

I am going for something sweet, but it's just way too sweet right now.
In reading up before I started, people were saying that the Wyeast Sweet Mead yeast was bad, but White Lab's wasn't getting the same feedback.
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