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Old 11-07-2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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Hey there, I'm very new to the whole idea of home brewing and decided to buy a little starter kit to get myself going. I got underway making my mead and after finishing preparing the must, etc etc and leaving it for a few hours there's not much in the way of foam or bubbling, should I be worried or just be patient?



I'm probably just being a little paranoid, but some reassurance would be nice. Thanks in advance!


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Old 11-08-2011, 01:46 AM   #2
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A few hours is nothing, so I'd let it ride for while...a few details are always helpful (original gravity, or if you didn't take a reading, the amount of honey and volume of your batch; the type of yeast; if it was dry yeast, did you rehydrate it?)

Either way, I'll bet by this time tomorrow, you'll report back that the fermentation is rocking...


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Old 11-08-2011, 01:48 AM   #3
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Agreed, fermentaion can take up to 2 hours pr thereabouts, depending on the variable biochemedic mentioned above, youre good.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:06 AM   #4
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My first batch took a day and a half before it really kicked off. Have faith!
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:43 AM   #5
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in the school of home brew, patience is the curriculum
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does anyone else find themselves sitting, starring at their mead in process?
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:28 AM   #6
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in the school of home brew, patience is the curriculum
Seconded- doubly so for mead. Fortunately, the solution for impatience is just to start a batch of something else
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:09 AM   #7
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A straight mead really doesn't foam up very much if at all. At least nothing like beer or a melomel. Forget about it for a long while...mead likes being abandoned.
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:02 AM   #8
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Wow! Thanks for All the replies folks! Great wee community. I got home from work this morning, lo and behold:



Foam!!

As for the gravity, etc I can't say much on that. It contained 3 pound of honey though.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:31 PM   #9
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Depending on the yeast you used, there may not be much visual evidence beyond what you see on top of your must. Is your airlock bubbling?
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:44 PM   #10
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There's a little bubbling, once every 30-35 seconds maybe?



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