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  1. Kevin Gallagher

    mead with only DAP nutrient?

    a good source for the future is Fermaid K, ( organic) use it to activate the yeast and to feed after your fermentation has started. Tosna feeding schedule is good to use.
  2. Kevin Gallagher

    fruit at the top poop at the bottom

    Ok, I have a conical only because I think it makes sense to add at the top and poop at the bottom, no farts intended. I add fruit in primary and fruit also after the ferment is done. Frozen first in both cases to supposed;y get the most value out of the fruit or whatever. I use stainless steel...
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    new cherry melomel

  4. Kevin Gallagher

    new cherry melomel

    probably go with what I have and then back sweeten if necessary. I have done a lot of small batches in the past. PIA, been doing 7 gal batches in the conical which has a capacity of 16 gallons. In the past I would cold crash out side to stop (New England) the fermentation but now I am more...
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    new cherry melomel

    looks like I should be adding more fruit to bring out the cheery flavor
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    new cherry melomel

    would this include the water and honey to make 9 gallons?
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    new cherry melomel

    I have the fruit pulverized and frozen in three SS round porous containers so I can stage them. Do you have any opinion on freezing and pulverizing the fruit first ?
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    new cherry melomel

  9. Kevin Gallagher

    new cherry melomel

    not sure what SG I will get never used this yeast before lalvin 71B
  10. Kevin Gallagher

    new cherry melomel

    I am making a 12-gallon cherry melomel. Using: 30 lbs of honey 8lb organic frozen dark cherries 16oz organic tart cherry juice concentrate. 3 tablespoons cinnamon lalvin 71b yeast I use a conical fermenter usually add the fruit to the primary fermentation. (no secondary). I was thinking of...
  11. Kevin Gallagher

    new cherry melomel

    I am making a 12-gallon cherry melomel. I am using: 30 lbs of honey 8lb organic frozen dark cherries 16oz organic tart cherry juice concentrate. I use a conical fermenter usually add the fruit to the primary fermentation.(no secondary). I was thinking of adding half of the juice concentrate...
  12. Kevin Gallagher

    Batch Started, But have Concerns

    I would repitch with lalvin EC-1118 yeast. I am fairly new to brewing mead but I have good luck with this yeast. Never a stuck fermentation. I started two 5 gallon batches yesterday, no problem. Sounds like you did not follow the protocol for starting the yeast.
  13. Kevin Gallagher

    Bentonite Question

    I tried Bentonite pre addition of yeast and I had no clearing even after fermentation was done and the carboy was set outside in cold temperatures. I figured it had something to do with the must temperature 75 degrees. Always had good luck using it post fermentation, cleared nicely, any ideas ?
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    Bentonite Question

  15. Kevin Gallagher

    Did I screw up?! Help!

    Go ferm is a nutrient for the yeast which I use with good success. You have that now in the must along with the honey. Just make sure you stir the must now you should be OK.
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