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Old 08-12-2011, 02:04 AM   #1
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We have a mead that won't ferment. It's been 117 hours since pitching. We originally used a smack pack of wye yeast 4184 Sweet Mead and dumped it straight in the mead. After 72 hours we made a starter with another pack of 4184. 24 hours after pitching that the SP is still the same. We know we started with healthy yeast; whats going?

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In case it matters all that's in the recipe is honey and orange cinnamon tea.


Thanks yet again for any help!

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:17 AM   #2
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I would check to make sure your seal around your blowoff tube/airlock is completely sealed.

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:27 AM   #3
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I would check to make sure your seal around your blowoff tube/airlock is completely sealed.
Thanks for the idea, i checked it, and it seems sealed. But even it wasn't sealed, wouldn't the gravity reading show the fermentation? It's remained unchanged.

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:30 AM   #4
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Give the carboy a good swirl for aboout 2 minutes to make sure the yeast is in suspension.

Based on your info, I would think there is either a leak in your carboy/tube seal, or your hydrometer isn't reading correctly.

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:34 AM   #5
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Give the carboy a good swirl for aboout 2 minutes to make sure the yeast is in suspension.

Based on your info, I would think there is either a leak in your carboy/tube seal, or your hydrometer isn't reading correctly.
I really do think i have a good seal. As for the hydrometer, do those go bad some times? it's floaty kind that a came with homebrew starter kit years ago.

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:36 AM   #6
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I couldn't get that yeast to work in my mead... I pitched a different kind and it took off...

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:37 AM   #7
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I couldn't get that yeast to work in my mead... I pitched a different kind and it took off...
how long did you wait before pitching a second type? thanks

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:56 AM   #8
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2 days...

 
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:42 AM   #9
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We'll i put it on a fresh beer yeast cake. I hope that gets it going


 
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:09 AM   #10
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The sweet mead yeasts are notorious for being dodgy.

 
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