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  1. Default First Mead, few questions

    Hopefully this is the correct area. My goal is a sweet mead, plan on a 5 gal batch and might try to add fruit flavor to part of it in secondary but that is TBD. My plan for recipe goes like this

    4 gal spring water
    18.4lbs of honey (or until 1st is around 1.129)
    Lavlin D47 yeast (4 packs)

    I plan to rehydrate yeast in spring water, then pitch into well agitated must when temperatures are within 10 degrees of each other. I used a mead calculator and it should put the final gravity around 1.025 if all goes well.
    I HAVE yeast nutrient and energizer but they are LD CARLSON brand from friar tucks and I'm not sure how to use them in comparison to the sna schedule I see using fermaid k and DAP. If anyone has experience with this brand please feel free to chime in otherwise I figure the recommended dose of each split into 4 increments every 24hrs would be close? The other question would be I read D47 has a short lag phase, should I add nutrients before the 24hr mark in that case? Hopefully this isn't too hard to follow or out of format. Thank you in advance for any help/recomendations.

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    It's hard to say with generic stuff as they won't tell you whats in it. THat's why we use the other products. I suggest to never feed anything until you see it has moved out of the lag phase and into the growth phase.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    Yea that's what I figured but was hoping maybe someone had more information than me on it. If and when I do another batch I'll try to order fermaid online since it's not sold local. And thank you I'll monitor it and when I see it moving into the next stage I'll add my first dose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schuman View Post
    Yea that's what I figured but was hoping maybe someone had more information than me on it. If and when I do another batch I'll try to order fermaid online since it's not sold local. And thank you I'll monitor it and when I see it moving into the next stage I'll add my first dose.
    Sorry we can't tell you how much to use. That's the problem with that stuff. We don't know what values are in it. I wouldn't use the energizer at all personally. Just the nutrient as it will already have energizer in it.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    Thank you for the response. Just an update it's a little past 1/3rd sugar break already (if I did it right) so looks like it is going ok. We will see if it was enough nutrient or not going just off the recommended dosage on bottle split into 4 doses.

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