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I have heard time and again how notorious show mead is for being a finicky fermentor. Seems I got lucky. I pitched a packet of 1118 in a gallon of 1.100 must last night. This morning I had a perfectly vigorous fermentation, at 64F, no less! I just hope this ferment stays active. Just kinda wanted to brag about how well things seem to be working out so far...
 

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I have heard time and again how notorious show mead is for being a finicky fermentor. Seems I got lucky. I pitched a packet of 1118 in a gallon of 1.100 must last night. This morning I had a perfectly vigorous fermentation, at 64F, no less! I just hope this ferment stays active. Just kinda wanted to brag about how well things seem to be working out so far...
Any nutrients etc that might be lacking in the must (for a full ferment), will get used up and the ferment slows down etc. It's equally feasible that if there was enough nutrient to start the ferment, that as some of the yeast dies off, that the yeast that is fermenting will cannibalise the dead yeast for nutrients.

Just keep us posted how it goes.......
 

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1118 really good at unstucking even the stickiest fermentations. But good job anyways. ;)
 
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After two weeks, this has already dropped to 1.060. My house has dropped again in temperature from ambient of 64F to about 62F. The mead is still chugging away, albeit more slowly.

Just thinking in the future if'n I need to give the yeasties a little help, would adding boiled yeast still put this in the realm of show mead?
 
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After a month and a half, the gravity is 1.014. Hopefully it drops a few more points. Tastes pretty hot, but that is to be expected this young. I'm very excited, as I thought it would peeter out sooner than this with no nutrients.
 

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Not to steal the thread. I'm a newbie and can't find the answer here or any of the books I've purchased. Are yeast nutrient or citric acid legit additions for show mead. Or just honey/water/yeast? Thanks all. Love the forum!
 

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Finally found a recipe (several actually) in Schramms book that list yeast nutrient and yeast energizer in his show meads. I guess if he thinks they're okay, they must be okay. Cheers! AZhornedtoad.
 

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its not regarded as a show mead if there is nutrients added to it.
kens book is getting a little old, better start bugging him for an update version ;)

adding nutrients turns a show mead into a traditional.
unless your entering competitions i do not see the point of doing a show mead. show off meads are just for showing off that you can do it without adding anything.

and yes they can ferment very well at the start, but they soon eat all the nutrient and go to a crawl, often producing bad tasting byproducts which can take years to age out.
 

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