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DaysOfOld
07-18-2007, 11:01 AM
The beauty of both.

The lighter one on the left was made with 12 lbs of Orange Blossom Honey. The darker one on the right contains 15 lbs of the same honey. The color difference is amazing, although the left hand one had been fermenting for 1 week prior to this photo and the darker must was prepared the same day as the photo. Both are just honey, water and yeast. Berries will be added to the right hand one after the first racking.

http://img54.imageshack.us/img54/2466/must2jul92007jx3.jpg

teljkon
07-19-2007, 12:14 AM
:help: Ive been looking all over for good stick on thermometers like that where did you get yours
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DaysOfOld
07-19-2007, 12:50 AM
http://morewinemaking.com/view_product/18684/102643

:cheers:

ablennert
07-20-2007, 02:18 PM
I haven't done much comparison, but I've seen stick-on thermometers at big pet stores in the tropical fish sections. As touchy as tropical fish are, you'd think they have to work well.

teljkon
07-21-2007, 03:32 PM
they do they just dont go as as low as you need for me they bottom out at 65*

:happy10:

Wolfie
07-22-2007, 04:12 AM
they do they just dont go as as low as you need for me they bottom out at 65*

:happy10:


What temperatures do you ferment at??
As far as I know ~65-70 is ideal for most yeasts (some as low as 55, but...)

http://www.lallemandwine.us/products/yeast_chart.php
to convert C - F : http://www.wbuf.noaa.gov/tempfc.htm

am I wrong?

teljkon
07-23-2007, 10:25 PM
I need them for lagering you get below 65* for that and right know theres not a proper temp control on my fermenter AKA the fridge so its bellow 65. I know this as I have stuck a fish tank thermometer on there. I shure would like to know how low it is. ???

:happy10:

DaysOfOld
07-24-2007, 11:58 AM
The thermometer I listed goes as low as 36 degrees. Yeah they are nice for lagers. Thought right now im using them for my mead which i keep around 70-72 degrees.

Wolfie
07-26-2007, 03:20 PM
By the way (on topic) Cool to display the actual deference in color between the two--I recently remade a OB mead trad recipe with 15 (instead of 12 as I did the first time) and was surprised by the shade myself.

Great to see experiments side by side, one of the best educational tools in my opinion.

~Wolfie

DaysOfOld
08-07-2007, 05:46 PM
Added 12 lbs. of blueberries to the first mead. Looking great. Not sure how long to let the berries sit in there though. I will taste it tonight.

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/9980/blueberry004ou6.jpg

DaysOfOld
08-07-2007, 05:51 PM
Here is one more without the flash.

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/2464/blueberry002lh6.jpg

Lost Knight
08-08-2007, 08:09 AM
Any overflow after adding the berries? I can't seem to get it just right where the berries will stay in the caboy and have to end up splitting the batch until I squeeze the berries out.

wayneb
08-08-2007, 10:30 AM
Any overflow after adding the berries? I can't seem to get it just right where the berries will stay in the caboy and have to end up splitting the batch until I squeeze the berries out.

That's another reason why after trying fruit in the secondary for a while, I just went back to fruits in primary only. I might from time to time drop a quart of fresh berries into secondary for color and tannin extraction, but no more than that. My wife still reminds me about the "strawberry volcano" that I had going in the basement a while back.... :laughing7:

DaysOfOld
08-09-2007, 11:00 AM
I need to pick up anothyer carboy because I couldnt move all the mead to the secondary since the berries took up so much room. I didnt have another carboy to split the batch so some went to waste =/ I mourned for 7 days.

No spill over though. I was watching it carefully but it did get close.

Angus
08-09-2007, 11:46 AM
I didnt have another carboy to split the batch so some went to waste.

Tragedy! When I have more Must or Mead than my secondary can handle, I always have a sanitized gallon jug next to the Secondary carboy to take any extra during racking. This extra can be used to top up the secondary during subsequent rackings, particularly when losing some racking off fruit. Airlock the jug and keep it in the fridge to reduce the chances of spoilage.

Angus