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Old 09-07-2013, 03:24 AM   #1
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This is the first mead I have done. Is it infected? It is two weeks into fermentation. Should I let it keep going, or dump it. I tried to smell it and it burned my nose.. I'm assuming that is the co2.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:00 AM   #2
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I couldn't speak to infection intelligently as I have never done a mead, but i'm sure that 99.99% of the time the answer will be no, you're fine. And yes, the nose burn is the CO2.

 
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:08 AM   #3
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Not an infection.

 
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:53 AM   #4
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Those are called yeast rafts in my humble neck of the woods.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:16 AM   #5
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The nose burn is the CO2 and alcohol vapours.

The yeast scum ? just give it a gentle stir to break them up and incorporate them. Once they've dropped any attached CO2, they should settle with the rest of the lees.....
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