View Full Version : is my mead infected?

05-17-2012, 09:49 PM
is this batch infected?
here is a picture
here is a close up without flash

that white stuff showed up after the first time I checked its gravity after the first racking

05-18-2012, 01:18 AM
That's probably just a little krausen from some yeasts waking up and finding some more sugars after the racking.

Chevette Girl
05-18-2012, 09:50 AM
Did you check the specific gravity? If it's still got any sugars in it, it's probably just your yeast finishing the job.

Usually, if it smells and tastes OK, it's not infected. What comes to the surface like that usually depends on what's in your honey, what kind of fruits, what kind of yeast...

05-18-2012, 10:00 AM
What was said. Give that thing a sniff! If its bad it usually smell pretty awful. Most likely nothing to worry about though.

Nathan K
05-18-2012, 04:27 PM
And even if it does smell a little "off", give it some time. Odds are it's not infected. When you are completely done fermenting and it seems way off, then you might have a problem...

05-18-2012, 08:19 PM
It doesn't smell bad, but I don't know what its supposed to smell like as this is my first batch. It started at 1.100, I racked it at 1.017, which according to the calculator would be 11% which was the tolorence of my yeast(Wyeast sweet mead yeast). The white growth appeared at 1.005, and now its at 0.998.

05-18-2012, 08:30 PM
No worries if it was bad it would most likely smell very very bad.

05-18-2012, 09:25 PM
Probably just proteins and yeast forming up and looking odd. It happens.