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    Hi everyone

    As with many people, my first post here is also one with a question about mead (possibly) gone wrong. I have two batches which I started brewing on 27/04. At that time I did not know this site and I had followed instructions from a book I bought. In that book there was the following recipe:

    7 liters water
    6 kg of honey
    20 gram of citric acid
    4 gram of yeast nutrient
    3 gram of yeast

    Because these first few tries are mainly for me to learn and to experiment, I split up the amounts in two batches. In on I added the citric acid. In the other I didn't.

    What is my problem? We're now 2 and a half week further. The one without the acid is still bubbling. For the past week bubbles come once every 8 to 10 seconds (in the beginning they both were at 3 seconds) (I count every day). This one is now also slowing down. The other one (with acid) stopped completely about 10 days ago.
    When I take a closer look, I can still see small bubbles coming up the side of the base but much less then in the one without acid.

    Further info: the temperature of the room where the mead is, is usually between 20 and 22C (can't get it lower).

    My questions:
    - is this normal behavior? Is this because of the acid? If yes, what is the process behind it?
    If not, what else could be wrong?
    - how should I proceed? According to the recipe I should stir after three weeks (about now) and then leave it again for 2 weeks.

    Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Never add acid until ferment is over
    Read newbee guide before you do anything with mead

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    You need to stir your mead all the time. Never let the lee's pile up on the bottom.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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