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Old 09-29-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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I've been doing my first mead following Strawberry Melemel recipe/post:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/grou...4/index17.html
The OG dropped to 1.015 in my secondary, which is the point where I needed to stop the fermentation. I used three campden tablets and two tsp of sorbet, however, fermentation still going, not as active as it was, but still going. How else can I stop it? I understand if I put it in refrigerator it will stop, however, it is in big 5Gal jar, which is impossible to fit in my refrigerator.
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:44 PM   #2
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If you are looking for an alternative to the fridge, could you put it in your sink and put cold water on the bottom and up the sides? That could slowly bring the temp down.

Am I giving bad advice here?


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Old 09-29-2011, 08:48 PM   #3
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active fermentation is extremely hard to stop...unless you cold crash and rack (preferrably filter as well), but even then it's no guarentee.

You're best bet it to let it finish dry, then stabilize and backsweeten to where you want it.

I made this recipe before and just let it go until it finished...

 
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Are you sure it's not stopped? Have you checked the gravity?

Creamy's suggestion would work if you don't have fridge space.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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mmm, sorbet.

 
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:32 PM   #6
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Well, if it is still bubbling fermentation has not stopped, right. I guess, I don't have any other alternative, but sit and wait until fermentation dies out and than backsweeten it.

 
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:30 PM   #7
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FWIW, melomels can be quite good dry. My Strawberry had a final gravity of .997 and it was my 2nd favorite. Good luck!

 
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Well, if it is still bubbling fermentation has not stopped, right. I guess, I don't have any other alternative, but sit and wait until fermentation dies out and than backsweeten it.
Not necessarily...you can have off-gassing of CO2 in the absence of active fermentation, especially if the temperature is fluctuating (generally if its warming up). The only way to know if you're still fermenting is to do serial gravity readings. If you're still dropping numbers, then it's fermenting.
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Do a gravity reading every couple days. If you get the same number every time, then it's stopped. If the temp is fluctuating, your reading can be a point or two off, so you may need to do several readings to be sure.


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