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kombatkoala

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I started a small 2.5 gal batch of mead - very basic honey and water with champagne yeast - and then forgot to watch it. I'm used to brewing beer which has always been pretty active when fermenting - is mead the same way? There's no buildup over the liquid, and I'm wondering if the fermentation ever started, or if I need to restart the yeast.

I also neglected to take the specific gravity of the mead before I put it in there, so I am unable to check if it has changed.
 

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It really depends on how long ago you pitched the yeast. Yesterday, last week? Also, how much honey did you add and we can usually take a shot at what your OG would have been.
 
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This was done back in mid-February - we did 5lbs of clover honey, it's been sitting in a closet for the last few weeks.
 
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I was looking at the FAQs (wish I'd done that before I started!) and I do not believe I started the yeast correctly, and I know I did not add nitrogen, so I will try to do that with some new yeast.

A rough guess at the OG would be very helpful if someone could estimate it.
 

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A quick and dirty run through beer calculus gives me about 1.070 for 5# of honey in a 2.5G batch... I would guess that your FG would be well below 1.000 at this point.
 
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