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    Default Fast Fermentation?

    OK, so I'm down to 1.020 after pitching Tuesday evening (3 paks of D47 in a starter; now I know you don't need a starter with dry yeast) onto 5 gallons of must which includes 13.5# honey, 3lbs blueberries and water. 24hrs later a nutrient addition followed by another when it was at a 1.040

    Should it have come down so fast?

    Must temp now is 67.6f down from 68.3 I think the other day. Ambient temp is set for 66.


    So, I should add my 1/3 break nutrient addition (a bit late) and plan on racking onto 12lbs of Blueberries sometime Tuesday I reckon when it's down a bit to 1.010 and still active, or should I wait until it's finished with the Co2 production before racking?

    Has a nice sweet white wine flavor, not much honey flavor left. Should I add a bit of something to counter the acid from the 12lbs of blueberries?

    Shaun
    Last edited by ShaunG; 12-01-2013 at 09:38 AM. Reason: missing info

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    After 1/3 break you should only add organic nutrients (fermaid O, goferm, yeast extracts, boiled yeast, etc.).
    That is pretty fast, but I do most of my ferments in 2 weeks. It will blow off a good deal of aromatics, but after aging you will get a slightly more feathered aroma with nice honey notes and esters depending on yeast strain. Just a different style.
    I have almost no experience with blueberries, but I will say thct it is better to wait to add acid (or neutralize it if that's the case). Age it out a little and see how it develops, a lot of esters are formed during aging (esters are alcohols and acids reacting, so what esters you get depend on what acids and alcohols are present during fermentation and aging), and you should see where the mead wants to go before you change it too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunG View Post
    OK, so I'm down to 1.020 after pitching Tuesday evening (3 paks of D47 in a starter; now I know you don't need a starter with dry yeast) onto 5 gallons of must which includes 13.5# honey, 3lbs blueberries and water. 24hrs later a nutrient addition followed by another when it was at a 1.040
    Shaun
    I am very curious. You state that you are making 5 gallons of mead, so why would you pitch 3 packs of yeast? One pack of yeast is good for at least 6 gallons.

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    Short story Bernard?
    >SIGH< its kind of amusing I suppose, but I had asked a merchant friend of mine how much his buddy would sell me 5# of honey for. He calls me up and says $4/pound so I said "Awesome have him drop it off at your shop."

    He dropped off 5 GALLONS.

    So, I had to read quickly, and I missed that 1 pak was good for 5g and not just 1g batches.

    I suppose pitch rate would have a good deal to do with rapid drop in gravity, I just didn't get ANY blowoff or really hard bubbling like I do with a strong beer.

    So, I've got 3 batches of Mel planned and a couple experimentals with exotic sugars....exciting to be sure!

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    Bob, I added 2.2g of Fermax and no DAP; hope that's the right choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunG View Post
    Bob, I added 2.2g of Fermax and no DAP; hope that's the right choice!
    Fermax, like fermaidk already has DAP in it. So not adding extra DAP has obviously been fine....
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