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    4 1-gallon carboys
    1 at 1.150- 1 at 1.155- d47 yeast
    1 at 1.150- 1 at 1.145- 71b yeast
    1/3 nutrients and energizer add at start up
    mixed yeast in 1 cup water each and waited 30 mins then pitched- did not temper yeast(my bad) but must room temp

    made yesterday at 8:00 am
    shake 2 times yesterday
    went down and swirled jugs today and the 71's came blasting out the bubbler top
    d47s just a few bubbles
    1---should I still add nutrients and energizer to 71's as afraid they will blow their tops if just a few swirls make them blow
    2---hardly any bubbles on d47's unless I swirl them pretty hard-- temp in basement about 66
    Do I just add nut and energizer and hope for best or do I add 71-b yeast to this 2 carboys also
    3--When adding nutr and energizer do I mix in small amount of water and pour in or do I just spoon it in the top

    thanks-1st time and excited about process

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    How much was 1/3 nutrient?

    Be careful. I've ruined a batch by adding too much. If the yeast don't eat it, you will be drinking it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken2029 View Post
    How much was 1/3 nutrient?

    Be careful. I've ruined a batch by adding too much. If the yeast don't eat it, you will be drinking it.

    1 tsp per gallon(4)nutr mixed with 1/2 tsp per gallon (4) energizer divided into approximate 1/3's first 1/3 added at start

    maybe I will wait on the 71b bottles as yeasties (wait a day or 2) seem happy and just add to d47 bottles
    do i add wet or dry?

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    ok added another 1/3 of mix to d47's and just left 71's bubbling
    1 --since I lost some mead in the overflow this morning can i just top off with a little water
    2 --if i can't even gently swirl without explosion how do I degass or do I just wait a bit till bubbling slows

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    What is your goal with these, as your starting gravities are kind of high? It would have been better to start off with an SG less than 1.120 and either added some honey later in the fermentation (called step feeding) or waited until it was done fermenting, stabilized, and then added more honey (backsweetening)

    Both D47 and 71b have a stated alcohol tolerance of 14%. So, if it goes as planned, you will end up with final gravities greater than 1.045, which is on the high end of what is considered sweet.

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    I love a sweet mead, kind of hate the higher alcohol but every bottle I have ever bought that I tried to backsweeten just didn't taste right when I was done
    don't want cloying but anything less than that is great

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    also having never done this before I wasn't sure how much I would lose when I rack it off
    guessing 1/4-1/2 cup each gallon
    assuming I could just top off headspace after racking with extra water?
    which would also lower gravity, hopefully not to much--any ideas on that

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    Quote Originally Posted by solver View Post
    1 tsp per gallon(4)nutr mixed with 1/2 tsp per gallon (4) energizer divided into approximate 1/3's first 1/3 added at start

    maybe I will wait on the 71b bottles as yeasties (wait a day or 2) seem happy and just add to d47 bottles
    do i add wet or dry?
    That sounds extremely high. That stuff tastes awful, so you don't want any that does not get consumed.

    Check out this very useful tool: https://www.meadmakr.com/batch-buildr/
    Note that the amount of nutrient the batch builder recommends is the total for the batch. If you are planning on three nutrient additions, you will need to divide the recommended amount by three.

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    ken 2029 not sure if I am off on measurements or didn't explain dosages well
    1 tsp of nutrient per gallon-Total --means I am adding 5 grams per gallon total = 1.6 grams per dosage if split in 3 doses
    does this still sound like to much

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    Quote Originally Posted by solver View Post
    ken 2029 not sure if I am off on measurements or didn't explain dosages well
    1 tsp of nutrient per gallon-Total --means I am adding 5 grams per gallon total = 1.6 grams per dosage if split in 3 doses
    does this still sound like to much
    No. That sounds right. I thought you were adding that amount three times. I recently did exactly that and it did not go well.

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    You backsweeten store bought meads from commercial meaderies? But the meadery is supposed to have researched and created a recipe that balances the flavors and and so simply adding more sweetness might not make it taste better for you even if you like sweet meads because the taste would be out of balance. Ideally you would find meads which are already sweet and I'm pretty sure there are many of those out there.
    I emphasize that what darigoni said about high starting gravity is very important
    "Shouldn’t we say wine is a mead-like beverage made with grapes substituted for the honey?" - Steve Piatz

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