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04-26-2016, 04:55 PM
as the title suggests i might have a problem with my traditional here is a picture


here is my recipe for the traditional sweet mead

Started a Traditional mead #2 on 2/6/2016 @ 12:20 pm
Started 2 Wyeast 4184 Smack Pacs at 2/5/16 at 10 am. On 2/6/16 using the dutch oven method I heated up 3 batches of clover honey from hunters honey farms. 1St 6.5 lbs, 2nd 6.4 lbs, 3rd 6.6 lbs. Added 2 gallons of water to cleaned fermentation bucket. Added 1 teaspoon of yeast energizer and 2 tsp of yeast nutrient. Mixed up. added 1/3rd of the honey mixture. Mixed up. Added another 1/3rd of honey and mixed up. Added final 1/3rd of honey and scraped stainless steel pan with spatula to get as much out as I could. Finished adding water to almost 6 gallons it was just shy of it in the fermentation pail. Mixed for 5 minutes with cordless drill and mixing wand. SG was 1.128 ish. Finished at 1:30 pm.

2/7/2016 @ 4:30 pm temp is at 69 deg and no activity yet.

2/8 aerated mixture and added 1 tsp yeast energizer and x2 tsp yeast energizer. Lots of foam after aerating it spilled over it foamed so much. Temp is 65 degrees

2/9/16 @ 2 am there were bubbles starting mayby 1 a second temp is 69 degrees

2/10 @ 6pm added 1 tsp yeast energizer and 2 tsp yeast energizer. Lots of foam after aerating it spilled over it foamed so much. I believe it has something to do with the energizer or nutrient. Next time I make a batch and use them am going to rotate days of aerating with adding nutrients. Gravity was 1.120 temp is 68 degrees

2/14/16 @ 10 am gravity 1.108 stirred up with drill and aerator foamed up again almost over the top

2/18/16 @ 6:30pm stirred and checked gravity 1.090

3/2/16 @ 4:33 pm stirred added tsp energizer and 1 tsp nutrient gravity is 1.050 and temp is 70 degrees f. PH using a test strip where you match color up is between 3.6 and 4.0 so I am guessing 3.8.

3/12/16 checked gravity 1.040 70 degrees f around 11:00 am

4/5/16 racked into a 6 gallon glass carboy. Racked onto tsp Potassium Metabisulphite. 3.8 ph temp 64 degrees f.

4/7/16 added 3 tsp of potassium sorbate to 50 ml of spring water and added to this. Mixed it with a degasser / stir stik

4/9/16 racked the 1 gallon of dry mead into this and shook up to mix. Gravity was 1.040 before adding the dry traditional gallon to this. Dry traditional was 1.000 3.8 ph 68 degrees f. 1.028 is gravity after mixing.

4/12/16 started seeing something on top of bottle took a gravity reading 1.028 ph 3.8 temp is 66 degrees f.

4/16/16 still has stuff on top of it mayby restarting fermentation. 1.028 ph 3.8 temp is 68 degrees f.

4/25/16 still has stuff on top. 1.028 ph 3.8 temp is 71 degrees f.

here is the traditional dry mead i added to the sweet one

Started a Traditional mead #3 on 3/12/2016 @ 11 am

heated up 1.8 lbs honey and added 1.6 lbs honey from the new batch of clover honey in dutch oven. Added 1.4 gallons of water to 2 gallon plastic fermenter. Used blender to blend water and honey a little bit at a time. 8Pm on 3/11/16 I smacked the wyeast 4632. pitched at 12:30 pm on 3/12/16. gravity was 1.072 and ph was 4.2 temp was 74 degrees f. added 1 tsp of nutrient and tsp of energizer.

3/13/16 @ 11 am temp is 72 deg f and bubbling mayby once a second

3/13/16 @ 12:20 pm bubbling very good temp is 72 deg f

3/14/16 @ 7 am bubbling vigouresly.

3/15/16 stirred and added 1 tsp of yeast hulls. 73 deg

3/18/16 bubbles are slowing down 68 degrees

3/19/16 @ bubbles still mayby 1 every minute 70 degrees

3/28/16 checked gravity 1.000 ph 3.6 temp 70 degrees f.

4/4/16 gravity 1.000 ph 3.6 temp 69 degrees f.

4/5/16 added this to the 5 gallon batch of traditional.

so my question is is this a wild yeast infection or did fermentation restart. i notice that there a little bubble up the neck of the carboy its kind of hard to see in the picture thye just look white. thanks for any input

04-26-2016, 06:02 PM
Wild yeast could not live in that much alcohol. 3-5% ABV is usually lethal for them. Any time you add more liquid to a quiet batch you risk restarting it. Your bubbles really mean nothing at this point. It's goo you are using your hydrometer, that's really all you can count on. I'm fairly certain your crud on top is just pollen from the honey. If it makes you feel better you can take a turkey baster, or a baby nose sucker and suck the crud off the top and pitch it.

04-26-2016, 06:22 PM
the bubbles that are on the side going up to the top goo are just gass from where i added the other onto it than? thanks again for the reply

04-26-2016, 08:22 PM
Your fine. Mine get that all the time

04-26-2016, 09:58 PM
Looks like yeast, wax, etc... should be fine. You can pull some out with a wine thief (turkey baster) and see if it smells odd, but it probably dosen't.