So this has been going for awhile now.
I racked it after a week or so when the fruit was blanched, and then again 6 weeks after that to move it off the lees. That was about 6 weeks ago. At the second racking the SG had dropped to about 1.090ish. I had read the sticky on yeast nutrients additions, so in addition to a dose of DAP in the beginning, I also added some at this point. I didn't have the time or money to chase down the specific nutrient suggested in the sticky, so I was hopping the DAP would at least help.
Ambient temps have been right around 60*F
Now the gravity is right around 1.058, so about 14.4% abv. We used Lalvin EC-1118 which should be able to get to about 18%, and that would leave an FG of about 1.040ish right?
) sweet and a lot of body yes? The most recent hydro sample tasted that way. It was pretty sweet and thick, but not too hot thanks to all the remaining fermentables. Not much strawberry though. A slight blush to the gold color of the mead, which is kind of cool.
It has started clearing on its own, just starting at the top there is about a 1/4" of crystal clear melomel.
My thoughts were to let it clear on its own then rack it onto 3-5 lbs. of chopped up strawberries in a nylon bag. the leave it for a month wrack again and bulk age as needed.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can encourage these yeasties to keep chugging along all the way through 18% can I get them to 20%? I'm not worried about alcohol content so much as drying it out. Anything I can do?
Also, I know more strawberries wont help the FG any, but how many pounds can I get in there before it's just too sweet, or is it already? I would like to get more strawberry in there if possible but...
Should I be using Campden Tablets to inhibit other bugs or will it knock down the yeast too?
Any and all help, advice or suggestions welcome