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  1. J

    Guesses on what’s in the must?

    Attempting my first ever mead! I pitched this one gallon of classic mead 3 days ago and is bubbling quite nicely. I did notice some dark specs sitting in the sides and top, however. I’m wondering if the raw honey I bought locally might have some impurities or specs, or might it be straight...
  2. TheDannyMann

    High OG Mead Experiment

    So, we brewed some straight mead, and pitched our Lavalin 71B-1122 on brew day. We had a nutrient regimen we stuck to with Fermaid K and DAP. We believe our starting OG (of 1.16) hindered yeast production, but our SP right now is 1.09 and has stalled. It has been 6 weeks. Thoughts on if we...
  3. VargarViking

    First attempt

    Hey all. This is my first attempt at brewing anything. Now, I'm trying to make one of the meds from the Skyrim cookbook. I followed every step, did everything it asked. But the only issue I had was not having an airlock. So, I had to let it sit in the carboy (without the yeast), for about two...
  4. TheBearMoon

    AHH forgot to take OG Hydrometer reading: Mead

    So originally I totally forgot to do an OG read and knew better than to try it when I forgot, its been going 4 weeks now and I grabbed a reading (even tho I don't know which reading is the one to read HAH) but I know where the level has ended up. is there any online calculator or something I can...
  5. ghast

    Adding fruit on start of fermentation vs end of fermentation

    Hello everyone, I've been recently transitioning from brewing beer to making mead (done a few braggots), so i'm still a newbie. So, I wanted to know if adding fruit or fruit juice before pitching the yeast will be different if I added it about three weeks after fermentation already started. I...
  6. A

    Beginning meadist.... possibly confused

    Hello! I'm making my first mead and just need to know if someone can tell me if I'm on the right track. I got very limited help from the person at the homebrew store. In a 6.5 gallon glass carboy, I mixed: 3.5 gallons of boiled water (tap) 18 lbs of honey I was told to take a gravity reading...
  7. Rei

    Cider/mead hybrid questions?

    So I started a mead batch about a month ago where I replaced one gallon of spring water with a gallon of unfiltered honeycrisp apple cider and I chopped up a few apples and grapes and threw them in there whole too! The bubbling has slowed and I think it’ll be ready to jar (I’ve always used...
  8. J

    Curious Fermentation

    Hi everyone and let me say first and foremost thank you for taking the time to read this thread I have created. I recently have started a mead and it has had an interesting turn. I started my mead on the 6th of November. I used 3 lbs honey, Cotes Des Blanc yeast, a teaspoon of yeast nutrient...
  9. O

    Variety's of honey supermarket desirability, trying heavenly organics

    Hey homebrewers, I've tried all the honey variety's here and I'm curious what the best for a melomel in your informed opinion? I'm considering adding this to primary ferm in grape wine and mead. Brand: Heavenly organics Neem, acacia, Jammu, and white. Listed darkest to lightest in color...
  10. M

    Are the Aesir stealing my mead?

    Could there truly be an "Angel's Share" with mead like the aging of bourbon? Probably not, but I hope you can help me figure this out. I started a JAOM recipe two days ago. Here are my ingredients. - 2lbs. Goldenrod Honey - .75lbs. Wildflower Honey - 1 Orange, cut into 1/8th, with rind on...
  11. M

    I have no idea what's going on, and at this point I'm too afraid to ask...

    Hello, all. Newbie here, seeking some guidance from more experienced minds. My wife bought me a copy of "How To Make Mead Like A Viking" by Jereme Zimmerman for Christmas last year, and I finally cracked it open and dove headlong into trying to make my own sweet nectar. I took 1.25 gallons of...
  12. Ashley Wilson

    Am I worrying too early about low fermentation activity in my mead?

    So I'm brand new to brewing but my goal is simplicity. This is probably going to sound noob as hell, but that's why I'm learning... :) I made a mead using 3 lbs of honey, spring water, and Nottingham ale yeast with some mulling spices and orange peels, cloves, allspice berries, a cinnamon...
  13. A

    Mead - Swamp Honey - Need Some Advice

    Hello Fellow Brewers, I visited a local apiary (I live in southern Ontario, Canada) and they showed me one of their products - swamp honey. The honey is made by bees who collect honey from a local marsh/wetland/swamp, and the beekeeper told me they believe the bees largely collect nectar from...
  14. B

    Stuck or just Slow?

    I have a 3 gallon batch of melomel going at the moment with 71b OB honey pomegranate juice and blue berry juice. Starting gravity was 1.120 and temp has been 65f using a thermowell and inkbird to keep it accurate. I have followed TOSNA 3 for the nutrient additions as well with Ferm O and Fermaid...
  15. A

    Infected Mead? Help!

    Hello, Just joined Homebrew Talk and looking forward to being a part of the community! I'm also new to mead making and I think I've gotten myself into some trouble. The below photo is a traditional mead made with orange blossom honey and using Lalvin 71B yeast. It is two months old and it was...
  16. E

    Stuck mead fermentation

    Good morning everyone, I am new here and this is my first batch of homebrewing mead and my first post about it. First of all, telling that I am making 5 litres of mead, using 1.9 kg of honey and safale S-05 as yeast, so it achieves 12% aprox. It has been already one month since it started, so I...
  17. J

    Is my mead infected? Help

    this is a 6 gallon batch of candy cane mead. I made it about 2 weeks ago. It has formed these white bubbles on the top. Idk if it’s a infection?! The airlock is still bubbling. The OG was 1.122
  18. I

    Dealing with a very high OG mead

    hi - didn’t know if anyone had any advice for me... I was attempting a ‘burnt mead’ recipe, but suspect my proportions of honey and water went haywire. My OG measured in around 1.13 (the graduation on my hydrometer only goes to 1.13,and it was hovering around there). I have around 4.75L of...
  19. Sunstone

    Stopping Fermentation

    Ive been brewing various mead's, melomel's, beer, cider and wine for a few years now. However, one thing still eludes me. Is there a legitimate way to cease fermentation (in mead/melomel) when the desired gravity and flavor is reached? I've cold crashed with metabisulfite, but as soon as the...
  20. M

    Beginner Needs Advice (Mead Stopped Bubbling)

    I recently started trying to brew mead (June 2nd), I used 3 flasks of water (0,75l), into which I gave 165g/~0.35 pounds of honey each, as well as 6-8 raspberries, and added some common bakers yeast (just to give it a try before I move on to better yeasts). It started bubbling an hour after I...
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