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Old 06-18-2012, 01:20 PM   #21
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I currently have a 5-gal batch in secondary. I used all apple juice, no water.

Man this is some gassy [stuff]. Every day I'm swirling the carboy and there's tons of gas coming out the airlock.

 
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:59 PM   #22
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Just apple juice, I had to use a blowoff hose for a few days. But yeah it really gets rolling. It's sitting in the basement in secondary, I'm not going to rack it off the pumpkin till July. Put it into beer bottles and cap.

 
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:05 PM   #23
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Mine is sitting in the basement in secondary too, and I don't think I've ever had a mead this gassy before!

 
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:47 AM   #24
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I currently have a 5-gal batch in secondary. I used all apple juice, no water.

Man this is some gassy [stuff]. Every day I'm swirling the carboy and there's tons of gas coming out the airlock.
how did you scale it to 5 gal? x 5 i would assume?

 
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:53 AM   #25
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How long did you leave it in the primary? I leave my meads in primary for at least a month or longer never less then 30 days. No problem in secondary. Did you taste it when you racked it into secondary? How did it smell? My only thought is it just wasn't done, but you racked it off the yeast cake, maybe you added to much pumpkin purée. Not sure.

 
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:55 AM   #26
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Did you make any changes to the original recipe?

 
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:19 PM   #27
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Nope, no changes, just scaled everything up 5x (except the yeast). I wonder if pumkin puree makes things gassy. Never put it in mead before. Don't recall exactly how long it was in primary (log is at home); at least 3 weeks. The gas coming out of the airlock doesn't smell bad, it's extremely orangey, though. It tasted fine when racked to secondary. I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with it; it's just really gassy, like I can feel (with my nose) the gas chugging out the airlock when I swirl it hard.

 
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:47 PM   #28
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I think maybe it wasn't done at 3 weeks and adding the pumpkin gave the yeast a food source to restart active fermentation.. I'd just set it and forget it. How is the color? Did you get the heat off the cinnamon? anyway I hope you like the mead when you tasted it.

 
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:54 AM   #29
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Why are you swirling it? I never have messed with mine, just put them in a dark place and peek on them every now and again. The first few days I keep an eye on things to make sure it's going and to put in a blowoff tube if I have to but that's it.

 
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:53 PM   #30
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Swirling to degas (clearly it needs it!).

Also, since the punkin puree settles to the bottom, I'm swirling to get it resuspended, because IMO that way it will transfer more of the punkin flavor to the liquid rather than just sitting on the bottom.

 
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