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12-28-2013, 11:59 AM
I tried a mead with buckwheat honey (2.5 lbs), maraschino cherries (1 lb), and the maraschino juice (about 2 cups) and it isn't fermenting. I gave it about 10 days, checked the gravity and no movement so I added another package of yeast (Lalvin EC-1118) thinking maybe it was just a bad packet, but still nothing. So now I'm wondering if I had two bad packets of yeast or if there's something in maraschino cherries or their juice that is the problem. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Fisk Jaegaren
12-28-2013, 12:15 PM
Maraschino cherries, being canned and processed have potassium sorbate in them as part of the preservatives used to keep them fresh. Sorbate will not allow your yeast to reproduce.

12-28-2013, 10:02 PM
Thanks, I'll know better next time. Is the any way to salvage this batch or am I stuck with something fit for the kids?

Midnight Sun
12-31-2013, 02:21 AM
If you have not dumped this, then you can perhaps make a starter. Gradually add must to the starter and you may be in luck. Search for "acclimated starter".

Might need to hit your must with potassium metabisultite to kill any non-yeast bug that may be attempting a foothold.