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Rintrah
03-01-2006, 09:36 AM
14 days ago I put 14 pounds of honey and some OJ and some lemonjuice and some raisins in a mead batch of 6 gallons. I used a starter with oj and used nottingham yeast. It has reached 10% alcohol now, but I want it up to 12%.. It took that last week to get it from 9 to 10%. Is there anything I can do to speed things along? There is enough sugars in it still so its not that. Input anyone?

Pewter_of_Deodar
03-01-2006, 12:23 PM
Couple of things might work...

1. Add a few more ground raisins or the raisin fluid solution someone else described in another thread. Additional nutrients would possibly help the yeast.

2. Stir the batch, but only enough to get the lees back up into suspension, not enough to introduce any air into the liquid. The yeast might work a little better if not on the bottom of the vessel..

Good luck,
Pewter

Rintrah
03-01-2006, 12:36 PM
Ok, ill try the stiring part first. I guess Ill have to taste the must before I add anymore sugars

Rintrah
03-02-2006, 06:42 PM
The mead is at 8 or 9 %, my last reading was abit off. The gravity is +20 / 1.020 so I guess there is enough sugars to get it up to 12%. Is it normal for a Batch to use 3+ weeks to gain 12%? Those I have made using breadyeast got to 12% in less then 24 hours....

Sander
03-03-2006, 08:49 AM
Those I have made using breadyeast got to 12% in less then 24 hours....

Wow!! That is really, really quick. Where they any good?

Rintrah
03-03-2006, 03:09 PM
acctually the first one I made with breadyeast(the dry type) was in a cooking pan(or whatever the english word for what you usually boil water in is called) and it was less then half a gallon. After 24 hours I racked it and had it clear for 4-5 days in my room (not cold) It was clear on the top and it tasted very good. But I must say it smelled like hell while it was fermenting.