To add more yeast or not... - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > To add more yeast or not...

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-15-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
RedGuitar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 248
Liked 28 Times on 20 Posts



I made three gallons of mead with 10 lbs of honey. OG was 1.111. It's been fermenting for a month, just moved to secondary, and now it's at 1.025. I want a dry mead, as I plan on dividing this into three one gallon size batches and adding different fruit, herbs and spices. Should I pitch some champagne yeast or some other yeast to dry this out? I've added yeast nutrient already...
__________________
"I sit here and drink my good Wittenberg Beer, and the Kingdom of God comes all by itself." -Martin Luther

"Good men drink good beer." -Hunter S. Thompson

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2012, 11:17 PM   #2
GinKings
Recipes 
 
Apr 2008
Bridgewater, NJ
Posts: 582
Liked 15 Times on 15 Posts


Kinda depends on what yeast is already in it.

I would not rack to secondary unless I was within a few points of my target.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 01:18 AM   #3
RedGuitar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 248
Liked 28 Times on 20 Posts


I used Lalvin K1-V1116. Already racked to secondary, though. Didn't actually look at my gravity ready till the transfer was started. Trying to free up a bucket for a brew this weekend.
__________________
"I sit here and drink my good Wittenberg Beer, and the Kingdom of God comes all by itself." -Martin Luther

"Good men drink good beer." -Hunter S. Thompson

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 05:03 PM   #4
Tw0fish
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Havertown, PA
Posts: 260
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


It's not a yeast problem. Well it is, but it's your yeast problem

k1v1116 tolerates to 18%, says their ad copy. To go from your OG (1.111) to dead dry (0.996 or so) will yield 15% abv, just about. Hard to say if you may have overshot just a little with your honey/water ratio, as honeys vary greatly with regards to sugar content. You're close, though. And it's gonna slow down as it reaches the end, because your yeast are getting drunker and drunker (I know right? I'm jealous too!)

GinKings had it - the secret is time. The only compromise I can think of would be to boil and cool half a gallon or a gallon of water and pour it on top of your secondary - Sugars diluted, lower ABV (by what, 15 or 25%? I stink at math) the yeast will finish out without being sauced.
__________________
-Jordan
Who will try to ferment just about anything
"You guys just wanna get bombed and run around yelling yarr we're vikings!"

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 08:01 PM   #5
Bugeaud
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Posts: 219
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


+1 not a yeast problem.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 08:51 PM   #6
RedGuitar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 248
Liked 28 Times on 20 Posts


So, even though it's in secondary, I should just let it sit there and see if the yeast are still chomping away at the sugar? Should I toss in some yeast energizer?
__________________
"I sit here and drink my good Wittenberg Beer, and the Kingdom of God comes all by itself." -Martin Luther

"Good men drink good beer." -Hunter S. Thompson

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2012, 02:15 AM   #7
RedGuitar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 248
Liked 28 Times on 20 Posts


Alright, I tossed some yeast energizer in it then shook it up this afternoon. I'll give it two or three weeks, see if the gravity has dropped any. If it's still high, I'm pitching in some champagne yeast.
__________________
"I sit here and drink my good Wittenberg Beer, and the Kingdom of God comes all by itself." -Martin Luther

"Good men drink good beer." -Hunter S. Thompson

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mead Yeast starters w/ liquid yeast CJPaul Mead Forum 8 10-25-2015 03:30 AM
Other sources for Yeast Energizer and Yeast Nutrient BigStone777 Mead Forum 19 08-16-2014 01:57 PM
Yeast nutrient and yeast energizer mummasan Mead Forum 4 12-30-2010 08:03 PM
Yeast nutrient and yeast energizer Q's Mumford Mead Forum 5 02-26-2010 05:14 PM
yeast energizer versus yeast nutrient VermontFreedom Mead Forum 2 08-19-2006 03:17 PM


Forum Jump