View Full Version : My first AO batch

01-24-2006, 04:42 PM
I followed Joe's Ancient Orange Mead recipe, using a yeast purchased from an organic store. After an initial bit of bubbling, the fermentation seems to have stopped. Should I try more yeast, more honey, a different type of yeast? I'm sort of lost here. Thanks for your help. :D

David Baldwin
01-24-2006, 04:58 PM
How long did it bubble before it quit? Are we talking about a few hours, or a few days?

Also, one of the best tools available for troubleshooting is going to be a hydrometer. Knowing where your must is at in the process of fermentation helps to decide what to do next.

I know this isn't much help so far, but we'll really need some more detailed info.


01-24-2006, 07:48 PM
Welcome to the forums ;D
Even though you followed the recipe to the letter, you did use a different yeast than the one specified.
As David asked, was it a few days or a few hours?
If it was a few hours, most probably the yeasties pooped out :-\ in which case I would repitch using Fleishman's yeast from the market. Keep in mind that using Fleishman''s will yield a sweet mead where as using Red Star baking yeast will yield a dry mead.
If it was a few days, I would mive the jug in a warm place (around 80 deg F) for a while and see if that gets them going again. Since baking yeasts prefer a warm environment, moving the fermentation vessel closer to warmtm should help.

Hope that helps,

01-24-2006, 09:35 PM
It was hours. I will try what you suggested. Thanks for the help.