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vahan
08-11-2008, 02:55 PM
Well, typically I can't make a batch of beer or mead without screwing up at least one step in the process, but luckily I tend to get a tasty finished product!

Yesterday I started am Oskaar's Blueberry Mel (well, I only used 16 lbs of blueberries, the TJ guy thought I was nuts!) and a semi-sweet (12 lbs honey in 6 gallons water) base mead which I will probably make into a nice vanilla-cinnamon meth (one of my favorites!).

I have decided to try and do things the "proper" way with a lees stirrer daily aeration and adding nutrient at the 1/3 sugar break....

SO, this morning before work I was in the basement sticking my less stirrer in the base mead (luckily not the blueberry!) and I start stirring and a great geyser erupts all over the basement!

I quickly start cleaning up, my wife rolls her eyes and helps get my kid ready for daycare, and I go off to work smelling like an alcoholic!!!

The best thing was that very little must was lost, and the carpet was junky anyway..but I had to clean, clean...

I'll soon have some drunk, happy ants!!!

So, the morals of the story (for those that haven't guessed it) are 1) Don't play with must/mead before your morning coffee 2) Start slowly to release the Co2 that I guess had built up in the must!

I decided that I would not do open fermentation for fear of bugs joining it, so I airlocked the meads!

cheers,
vahan

Kee
08-11-2008, 10:50 PM
At least you don't have a stuck fermentation!!

Teufelhund
08-12-2008, 11:17 AM
I feel your pain. :confused4: I've experienced the same thing myself once. Usually, that's all it takes. :laughing7: By starting off punching down the cap first, it allows alot of the built up gasses to escape before you go aerating it with the lees stirrer. I always start real slow and then build up to full speed.

:cheers:

DD

vahan
08-12-2008, 02:43 PM
My wife told me the basement stinks! I asked her "what should we do about it?" (since I already cleaned thouroughly), and she replied "buy a new house!"

Ha!

One with a bigger basement for my future keg system!

Medsen Fey
08-12-2008, 04:38 PM
"buy a new house!"

Ha!



Not using antifoam drops can be even more expensive than I realized.... ;)