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    Montgomery Gotmead Visitor

    Default My sparkling mead did not sparkle!

    I have a problem that i'm kind of upset about and was hoping someone could offer some help. I've made sparkling mead a few times with pasture champagne yeast with excellent results. However, it always came out a little on the dry side and too alchoholic for my taste. So for my last two batches i decided to switch yeasts for a change. I used a montrachet yeast with 16 lbs of honey in a 6 gallon batch. i let it ferment and bulk age for 4 months racking twice, and then bottled it with 8 oz of corn sugar to prime. i let it condition in the bottle for 6 months before deciding to try it. when i finally did crack one open i was very dissapointed, the mead tasted wonderful but was almost FLAT! It had only the smallest hint of sparkle. So my questions are where did i go wrong and how can i fix it? i'm unhappy enough with the result that i would be willing to open all the bottles, dump them back into the bucket and do some work on it. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Default Re: My sparkling mead did not sparkle!

    Maybe your yeast was done. (had reached its alcohol tolerance) If you want a sparkling mead use Lalvin EC-1118. It will defineltely reignite with the added sugar or honey.

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    Default Re: My sparkling mead did not sparkle!

    Also use less honey to start so you don't get such a high alcohol content before you prime.
    Joe

  4. Default Re: My sparkling mead did not sparkle!

    I have responded in the troubleshooting forum, I think as i stated there he seems to want a Sweet Sparkling mead....

    That basicly needs forced carbonation as opposed to bottle conditioning. Otherwise BottleBombs or blown corks are all too likely.

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    Montgomery Gotmead Visitor

    Default Re: My sparkling mead did not sparkle!

    Any suggestions on how to fix this particular batch besides buying an entire kegging system? I was thinking about opening the bottles, dumping them into a bucket, repitching with champagne yeast, and immediately rebottling. Do you think this would work?

  6. Default Re: My sparkling mead did not sparkle!

    It depends on how much residual sugar they have... if residual sugar is low, and you wand DRY then that will work fine.

    What is the gravity of your mead?

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