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Old 02-06-2013, 07:48 PM   #61
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Finally got all my ingredients together. I will be starting this either tonite or first thing in the morning. This will be my first mead and I am hoping that all goes well. Just to check the viability of the yeast, and to make sure I wouldn't screw up, I made a yeast starter and it seems to be chugging along very good. Ended up having to get 1lb individual packs of the stawberries cause no one had bigger bags of them until two days after I bought what I did. Oh well, may that be my only bad luck.

 
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:23 PM   #62
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Finally got all my ingredients together. I will be starting this either tonite or first thing in the morning. This will be my first mead and I am hoping that all goes well. Just to check the viability of the yeast, and to make sure I wouldn't screw up, I made a yeast starter and it seems to be chugging along very good. Ended up having to get 1lb individual packs of the stawberries cause no one had bigger bags of them until two days after I bought what I did. Oh well, may that be my only bad luck.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:52 PM   #63
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Going good so far. Bubbles have slowed to about one every three seconds now, down from one every second. Gotta wait till tommorow to check gravity since I unfortunately broke my hydrometer while cleaning it. Kinda interested to see where it is now. Haven't been able to check since last friday. I defintely have to agree with everyone about the smell. It smells delicious.

 
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:05 PM   #64
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Got my batch started today. Looking forward to the end product.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:01 AM   #65
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I'm excited to start this one, just one question Slim? should I put this one in an 8 gal ferm bucket? I have white carpets

 
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:20 PM   #66
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I just racked mine to secondary with an extra 4 lbs of strawberries. Should be able to pull off 5 gallons with no issues after I rack again. I deviated a bit from the norm and used D47 after having no activity with the sweet mead yeast.

It was at 1.002 yesterday. I will consider back sweetening later on, but letting it clear and possibly filtering on the next racking is the next steps. Not sure if my gravity will drop any more.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:00 PM   #67
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Slim, did you let this clear on its own or did you use a clearing agent like qwikclear or betonite.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:00 PM   #68
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Slim, did you let this clear on its own or did you use a clearing agent like qwikclear or betonite.
No it will clear on its own as long as you transfer off the fruit.

 
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:43 PM   #69
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I made the mistake of trying to primary a scaled down version (with strawberry puree instead of whole berries) in a 1-gal carboy. Purée kept clogging the airlock. I woke up this morning and it looked like someone had been murdered on the ceiling of my pantry. I will definitely use a larger ferm bucket next time.

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:11 PM   #70
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Hi, I'll be brewing my first mead with this recipe. I'm going to be making 1 gallon of it, but just wanted to ask some questions to make sure I've got everything (and the process) correct:

Since I'm brewing 1 gallon, I'm going to use:
2.4 pounds of light amber honey....Is any honey OK? Or do I need light amber specifically?

2.4 pounds of frozen strawberries

0.4 quarts of Welch's White Grape Cherry 100% Juice

0.4 teaspoons of yeast nutrients

Wyeast 4184 Sweet Mead....Since this is only 1 gallon, should I just pitch the entire package? I don't want to do a starter if I can help it.

0.2 gallons of water

So I'm going to heat the 0.2 gallons of water in a pot to a boil and in another pot, add all of my honey. Then I'm going to take the hot/boiling water and use it to get the last remaining honey out of the container, and dump it all into the other pot with the honey in it, right? I'm assuming I want the honey to be dissolved into the hot water?

From this point I add the Welsch's Juice and yeast nutrients? Do I let the honey/water cool completely? Or is it OK if it's still hot?

I'm going to pour everything into a 2 gallon fermenter (bucket), but fill to 1 gallon so I'll have headspace for the fermentation. I'm also planning on putting my pureed strawberries into a muslin bag so I can pull them out when I rack after the fermentation is over.

Does this plan sound good? Please advise if I've got this right. Most appreciated!
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