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  1. Default Is my mead infected?

    Hello all!

    I've been a hombrewer (beer) for over 30 batches now, but the wife wanted to try mead. This is our first batch, and I'm not sure but I think it's infected; this doesn't look like any (beer) krausen I've ever seen.

    We used:
    4kg grocery store honey
    2 cinnamon sticks
    zest & juice from 2 oranges
    1 tbsp ginger
    2 cloves
    yeast nutrient
    Lalvin D47 yeast

    We DID pasteurize the mixture, and this pictures was taken after 4 days in the fermenter.

    What do you think?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Cleveland, OH


    Looks fine to me, just a little yeasty. I have a batch right now that I reused a yeast cake with, and the large amount of yeast caused a slight yeast-colored film that got mixed up with the foam and looked like a frothy, yeast-colored layer of bubbles (pretty much like that, but not covering the whole top). I just stirred it up and let it go back to doing its thing.

    Does it have any off-odors?
    Last edited by valverij; 05-07-2015 at 10:55 AM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Dothan, AL, USA


    No water? ;-)

    Looks good to me. Very yeasty, but good.

  4. #4


    I agree, looks good. No worries yet. This is a JOA so no stirring allowed. In other recipes, if you stir it looks more homogenous(sp?) than this.
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