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Old 08-26-2010, 10:42 PM   #121
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you'll love it..and once you taste it when you rack it into a secondary..you'll NOT want to age it all winter....you'll want to drink it up...trust me.

Also...I see that you cut down the ingredients to make a 5 gallon batch..my suggestion to you is that you make the full 6.5 gallon batch..because once you remove all the sludge and berry pulp..you'll end up with right at 5 gallons of finished product. If you start out at 5 gallons only..you are gonng end up under 4 gallons of final product.

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Old 08-27-2010, 02:34 AM   #122
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I stepped it up to a 6.5 gal batch-
12# wildflower
5# clover
15# whole frozen strawberries
71B Narbonne

waiting overnight for the campden to work and the must to warm up a bit.

the problem is, the must is almost right to the top of my bucket, and I'm afraid that fermentation will send it over the top. I noticed comments about laying a towel over the top of it for the first couple of days- Is it okay if the towel touches the top of the must? otherwise, I'm not sure how I will cover this batch.


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Old 08-27-2010, 03:00 AM   #123
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yep..use a towel you don't care about...my towel I put over the bucket pretty much the entire ferment.....it was one there until my ferment got down to about 1.024 for a SG....I kept it on by using an elactic hair bungee from my wife...but the towel still sagged a bit, and had little bits of strawberry crud on it when it was all said and done so don't worry about that..the towel is really there just to keep little "nasties" out of your must.

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Old 12-01-2010, 03:12 AM   #124
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So, I'm finally getting around to making this -- mixed up everything and will pitch tomorrow - just curious, how bad does this krausen? I know to expect a bunch of foam during additions, but just wondering how much of a mess I'll make in my 7 gallon bucket
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well do NOT put a lid and airlock on at all...you'll have a geyser....it will foam, and bubble and produce alot of "head" as you "punch the cap" everyday..just loosely cover with a lint free cloth, and keep the entire fermenter in your bathtub..It is a very messy ferment..but it is totally worth it in the final product.

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well do NOT put a lid and airlock on at all...you'll have a geyser....it will foam, and bubble and produce alot of "head" as you "punch the cap" everyday..just loosely cover with a lint free cloth, and keep the entire fermenter in your bathtub..It is a very messy ferment..but it is totally worth it in the final product.

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Thanks Dan. That'll be my plan...
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I'm down to 1.070 already. Will probably hit it with SNA #3 tomorrow....

It smells amazing whenever you punch that cap!
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:43 PM   #128
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I made a batch of this last weekend and so far I am very happy. The hot alcohol is up front as it should be at this point. I am excited to see the finished product.

This is my first mead and I opted for a bucket but I am having trouble seeing where a good point to stop siphoning when I rack. Any suggestions? This is when I wish i had a BB or glass carboy handy.
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:05 PM   #129
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no worries..I use a bucket for this one all time, because with a carboy or BB you can't effectively punch the cap as you can with a bucket.

Anyway...do you have a spigot on your bucket? You can just use that to siphon off into secondary..or use a racking cane.and it'll help to not suck up as much sludge either.

either way, you'll leave alot of the junk behind..but you'll still need to let it settle alot when it's in the secondary as well.

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I dont have a spigot in this bucket but that may be what I use in the future. I have enjoyed using the bucket with the exception of one day where i squeezed the drill trigger a little too hard during degassing (glad I had it in the tub!)

Once the mead has finished fermenting out I plan to rack, cold crash, and rack again into a keg for aging. Have you or anyone else cold crashed this and had good results?


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