D47 in an animal!!

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I've been trying to use up my dry wine yeasts & I used D47 for the latest 2- 1 gallon batches, a black cherry & a blueberry. Both used RW Knudsen juices, 2 qts each & water up to 1 gallon. Black cherry got 1 lb 12 oz local to me wildflower honey & the blueberry got 2 lbs of the same honey.
Each one got their own packet of D47. I know, 5 grams should be enough to do 5 gallons, but, I wasn't quite sure what to expect of it, as it was my first time using that yeast. Standard BOMM nutrient feeding to start,
(1/4 tsp Potassium carbonate, .4 tsp Fermaid K, .4 tsp Fermaid O, all up front & Fermaid O again @ the 1/3 & 2/3 SB) & each also got .4 tsp of yeast hulls. I figured it would take to day 4 to reach the 1/3 SB...WRONG!! They blew right by both the 1/3 & 2/3 SB. 😲 So much for the feeding schedule....whoops. I still added the last round of Fermaid O to both, (.4 tsp ea).
HOLY CRAP! 😲 :ghostly:o_Oo_O

The black cherry had an OG of 1.115 & is already @ 1.022 in just 4 days!! 93 points
The blueberry had an OG of 1.119 & is already @ 1.032 in just 4 days!! 87 points
I'm pretty sure these are the fastest I've ever had a dry yeast ferment.
The way these 2 are fermenting, I expect them both to go dry & step feed them to tolerance. Both are doing very well & tasting GREAT already.
Man, I love this hobby!!:inbottle:😉
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Nice! I remember liking d47 in a fruit wine i used it for!
From everything I've seen & read, it is a good choice for melomels, as long as it doesn't get to hot. I remember reading it likes cooler temperatures much better. I still have no means of temperature control, but, my basement is still in the mid 60's. Judging from the way these 2 fermented & how they taste, I'm pretty sure it's still cool enough.
 

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Did you use a full packet for a gallon, or split it up? I did a half gallon of cider once with a full packet of S-04 and it was done in 3 days. LOTS of lees though, like 3 inches.
 
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Did you use a full packet for a gallon, or split it up? I did a half gallon of cider once with a full packet of S-04 and it was done in 3 days. LOTS of lees though, like 3 inches.
@Maylar, I used a whole packet each, first time using D47 & not knowing what to expect from it.
The blueberry is still putting out copious amounts of c02, while the black cherry has a much finer bubble to it.
I know, bubbles mean nothing, but, after the speed that if fermented in the first 4 days, I figured the c02 production would've slowed down by now.
I did notice the lees on them looks completely different than ANY other ferment I've had before though. Different colors & layers than I've ever seen.
(See pictures below, please.)

Maybe that is contributing to the sour smell? Thoughts? Suggestions?
I am going to take a reading tomorrow or Tuesday & sample it, if it smells any better by then, but, I smell all my meads, & NONE have ever smelled sour, not even a hint of it.
These have me a little stumped & worried they'll be drain material, but, I'm not going to panic yet.:eek:😉
 

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Looks pretty normal to me. And yes, properly fed D47 is crazy fast primary. Give it a good couple of weeks to clean up after itself, cold crash, rack, and bulk age.
Thank you, @videojunkie1208 . Never had a multicolored swirly lees like that. The sour notes are still there but, seem to be fading a bit. I'll know when I take a reading.
 
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