the brochet was rendered down this pass sunday 13 th jan. 5lbs of honey.
while still hot i added 1 gallon of zeigler's old fashioned cloudy apple cider.
label reads potassium sorbate to maintain freshness.
i continued heat until the cider & honey were well mixed. cooled and transfered to 1 gallon jugs. each holding 1/2 gallon or there abouts, added 1/4 tsp of yeast nurtient to each jug.
sunday afternoon rehydrated lalvin 1118 in 1C of warm water for 15 minutes poured 1/2 cup in each jug.
late on the 16th i repitched with new yeast, cotes de blancs with no results by today late morning 17th. so i decided to dilute one jug 50/50 and leave the other alone.
always used organic juices when doing a melomel or cyser mead. so i figured it was the P.sorbate causing the problem.
the OG reading is from the undiluted must.
got any ideas?