How long on fruit since it was a slow start? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > How long on fruit since it was a slow start?

Thread Tools
Old 02-15-2010, 10:11 PM   #1
Dec 2009
Pacific NW
Posts: 593
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

I started a mead that struggled a little bit to get going. See for recipe, and for problems.

In summary, I made the batch last Sunday, pitched the yeast on Tuesday, repitched on Thursday, and finally got activity Sunday.

In my mind, if everything had gone correctly, I would have been racking it off the fruit today, or about 5-7 days after making the batch. Because it didn't start right up, do I leave it alone for a week, or do I still go ahead and yank it? Admittedly, I would think wait, because it is vulnerable at the moment, but maybe sitting on the fruit that long isn't good, either, as the fruit could start decomposing or something without the nice CO2 blanket.

Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2010, 03:30 AM   #2
Dec 2008
Houston, Texas
Posts: 234

Hi CWP, I have a white wine pyment in the works that I racked onto some Peach Puree. The guy who owns the LHBS I frequent, and whose advice I respect, advised me to leave it on the fruit for three to four weeks and then taste it to see if it needed more fruit. It was none the worse for wear after four weeks.

However, I am interested in others advice on this subject as well.

Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2010, 03:34 AM   #3
Jan 2010
Posts: 1,034
Liked 16 Times on 16 Posts

I'd just treat it like the fermentation started on the day you pitched the second batch of yeast. A few extra days of soaking (somewhat akin to a cold soak) won't have hurt anything.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
slow, slow start for yeast Fighting_sin Fermentation & Yeast 9 01-21-2010 07:02 AM
US-05 and a slow start Jknapp Fermentation & Yeast 19 09-16-2009 10:43 PM
Ugh, slow start Loup General Beer Discussion 4 02-18-2009 04:49 PM
Slow start? Adam's Apples Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 02-02-2007 01:50 AM
slow start from O2? ALPS Mead Forum 7 03-19-2006 08:26 PM

Forum Jump