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Old 12-31-2007, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default 1st batch woooo!

Ok, so I was at the beer store today and conned myself into making mead!

I bought a 1 gallon fermenter, and all the accouterments.

I mixed the honey (40 OZ) with water and champaign yeast! shook alot!

is that it? I saw on got mead . com that they suggest shaking it alot to keep it airated, is this really needed? Ive also seen people talk about yeast additives, do I need them? why didnt the guy at the store sell me them? confused!

How long is this gonna take? 2 weeks? 2 months? just want a ballpark


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Old 01-02-2008, 08:00 PM   #2
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probably a month or more. doesn't look like you added any yeast nutrient or energizer (which is the one you really need for mead) so this will start off fast and then limp along at the end.

it'll also be very dry. it'll then need to age a while


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probably a month or more. doesn't look like you added any yeast nutrient or energizer (which is the one you really need for mead) so this will start off fast and then limp along at the end.

it'll also be very dry. it'll then need to age a while
when is too late to add energizer? and nutrient? I have since ordered some (so I have it next time)
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Boil a little water, add the nutrient and energizer, cool it down and add it to the mead. Better late than never, but it should work even if fermentation has started.
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And if you have room in your fermentor, add a little more honey.
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And if you have room in your fermentor, add a little more honey.

i left a decent amount of room. (had a stout explode the day before)
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yep, even just a half cup of water will be enough for the energizer and nutrient.

some people give scheduled doses of those, say every week. others add it all up front.
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it is no longer bubbling
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Heh heh... well its been a week or so. Did you get to add any energizer or nutrients? Do you have a hydrometer? If som thief a sample and see where you are at. Champagne yeast will get it down REAL low... like under 1.000 (probably closer to 0.996)
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yeah, im gonna get a reading tomorrow. I did add nutrient a couple weeks ago...


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