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Khyber
09-20-2009, 12:02 PM
Started a batch yesterday, 5 pounds of Sam's honey, 2 gallons of water. heated to 140, with two sticks of cinnamon and the zest and juice of one orange. Cooled to 75, put into Mr. Beer and pitched yeast, from sweet mead yeast smack pack (it was swollen, but not tight)... No bubbles in the airlock yet.. theres something forming on the surface but thats it.

Khyber
09-20-2009, 04:05 PM
it looks like somethings happening on the top.. but no burps from the fermentation lock yet. its been around 30 hrs. should i be worried?

fatbloke
09-20-2009, 05:27 PM
No. If you can see some sort of activity, then it's probably the earliest signs that it's doing it's "multiplying thing" and is in "lag phase".

Once the yeast colony has built up enough, then you should see air lock activity (as long as the seal is good of course). You could always take a sample and test the gravity to make sure it's dropping........

Personally, I don't like the liquid yeast smack packs. I've tried them and they do seem to need very specific numbers. I'm guessing that it might have something to do with the yeast activity before use i.e. that it's more fussy about moving from the pack into the must and can lag etc.

Either way, I'm thinking along the lines that your recipe is a little on the light side with the honey. I know that the liquid sweet mead yeast pack should do about 12% ABV or so, but I'd have still gone with a miminum of 3lb per gallon. You may find that it's still gonna ferment dry at 5lb/2.5lb per gallon.

If you monitor the gravity, when it reaches half way (presuming that you did take some sort of reading before pitching the yeast ???), then put another 1lb of honey into it.

Khyber
09-20-2009, 07:16 PM
No, i left my hydrometer at work.. I'll get it tomorrow and take a reading then. I have no problem chucking another pound of honey into it though. There is something forming on the top of it, but still no airlock activity.