Wrong yeast - S-04 instead of Cote des Blancs
Did you ever have one of those days? I just did on Saturday. I finally picked up some nice raw unfiltered local wildflower honey and decided to make up a nice 5 gallon batch of mead since I had an empty bucket. Here is the recipe:
16lbs wildflower honey
1lb buckwheat honey
3 tea bags boiled in 1C of water w/raisins
3 tsp nutrient
And here is where it goes awry! I have been brewing a lot of cider lately and have been using S-04 for it. Apparently my sub conscience kicked in and grabbed that bright blue packet instead of my normal Cote des Blancs that I use for mead. I did rehydrate and pitch.
It's chugging away happily right now, but I worry about S-04's tolerance level. I hear that people have gotten it up to almost 12% in barley wines, but 12% would leave me at 1.024 which is way too sweet for me. I was hoping to hit around 1.010 which is around 13.75%.
Has anyone ever used S-04 or a similar ale yeast in mead? Also, if worse comes to worse, I do have a packet of 1118. Would this be able to restart if the S-04 does poop out at 12%?