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McBrewster
02-15-2014, 03:30 AM
I just recently started brewing my own mead at home. This year, my father made a batch and it was relatively good, so I decided to try my hand at it. I only wanted to do a 1 gallon batch, and i had heard you wanted about 3 pounds of honey per gallon. Easy enough. I also heard that you could simply use Fleischman's yeast, so I bought a few packets from my local Walmart. Okay. Made my must. Added the yeast, and then I thought "Ah, why not add something to give it some flavor..?" So I read up and found Joe's recipe for using oranges and raisins. I regretfully didn't have any oranges, but I did have raisins and thought what the heck..? So i added 25 per the instructions. It was only at this time that I noticed the recipe said to only use a teaspoon of yeast. I added a whole 7 gram pack. Plus the raisins. How screwed am I...? I also noticed the recipe said about 2 and something pounds of honey and not 3, so i thought "Ahh....maybe the extra yeast will eat the extra honey or something?" Help. I don't want it to explode during fermentation. I have it in a closet in the dark, and i reaally wouldn't want to ruin the carpet in there.

fatbloke
02-15-2014, 03:57 AM
No you should be fine, but you could put it in a bucket i.e. stand the jug in a bucket......

You could also just siphon out enough and add the orange and maybe even the JAO suggested spices........

McBrewster
02-15-2014, 04:56 AM
Alright. Thanks for the reply haha I've been afraid of some imminent explosion. I probably will put it in a bucket.

kudapucat
02-15-2014, 07:22 AM
You do have an airlock right?
You'll make good mead if there's raisins there. Spices and oranges help make it palatable earlier, as does sweetness.

I expect you'll be fine.

MJ7
02-15-2014, 12:10 PM
I just recently started brewing my own mead at home. This year, my father made a batch and it was relatively good, so I decided to try my hand at it. I only wanted to do a 1 gallon batch, and i had heard you wanted about 3 pounds of honey per gallon. Easy enough. I also heard that you could simply use Fleischman's yeast, so I bought a few packets from my local Walmart. Okay. Made my must. Added the yeast, and then I thought "Ah, why not add something to give it some flavor..?" So I read up and found Joe's recipe for using oranges and raisins. I regretfully didn't have any oranges, but I did have raisins and thought what the heck..? So i added 25 per the instructions. It was only at this time that I noticed the recipe said to only use a teaspoon of yeast. I added a whole 7 gram pack. Plus the raisins. How screwed am I...? I also noticed the recipe said about 2 and something pounds of honey and not 3, so i thought "Ahh....maybe the extra yeast will eat the extra honey or something?" Help. I don't want it to explode during fermentation. I have it in a closet in the dark, and i reaally wouldn't want to ruin the carpet in there.

Having more or less yeast will not speed up the fermentation period, however, it could introduce unwanted off flavors, if the yeast begin to feed on each other. You have to think of it as a population, a growing population, and yeast eat, shit, sleep, and die in the same space. Eventually they can start to feed on the dead yeast (lees) and I'm not convinced this will only occur if there is no more sugar left and they haven't reach their ALC% rating.

Chevette Girl
02-15-2014, 12:26 PM
With wine yeast, what's typically recommend is one 5-8g packet for 1-5 gallons, so a bit more or less won't have much of an appreciable effect.

Dumping a few cups of bread yeast in may well affect things, maybe I'll try it someday if I ever have honey and free carboys again.

And regarding explosions, you're usually fine until one of two things happens - you somehow trigger a mass carbon dioxide escape and end up with a giant fizzy mess (think shaking up an open carbonated beverage), or something clogs the escape route and the pressure builds up in the vessel until something gives, and you end up with mead on the ceiling (think opening up a shaken carbonated beverage).

McBrewster
02-21-2014, 05:27 AM
I do not have an airlock. I was trying the "balloon with holes and rubberband" idea. It seems absolutely fine. The only thing that is worrying me is the fact that it smells faintly like Play-Doh haha...yeah..I added two Clementines instead of a large orange btw. I prefer them to oranges, and was wondering if it might have an even slightly sweeter flavor than the original recipe. Oh well. Have a few more weeks left. Will update. Thanks for all the replies!

kudapucat
02-21-2014, 07:38 AM
Yeah. That's an airlock - of sorts...

muerte69
02-21-2014, 04:32 PM
The JAO recipe calls for 3 and a hakf pounds of honey so if you did 3 pounds you won't be as sweet. Just racked 2 gallons I made and it is a tasty mead.

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