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  1. Default 3 Gallon Chugging, Half Gallons Stuck

    I've made fruit wines but here is my weird experiment with a mead.

    Initial Ingredients:

    9lbs honey
    3 gallons water
    2 oz ginger
    3 squeezed oranges' juice
    1 vanilla bean
    4 balls of dragon pearl tea for some tannin
    2 tsp yeast nutrient
    Lalvin K1-v1116

    SG of 1.100

    I started it out with a yeast starter in a primary bucket and step fed it 2 more tsp of yest nutrient. After about 10 days it was down to an SG of 1.010. I decided it was time to siphon into a carboy. I keep three gallons cause those fit in my lower kitchen cabinets nicely but I always rack off into a couple of half gallons to top up when I rack the next time. Well, my mind decided that since the K1 could take a little more alcohol that I could add a little more honey, but I did this unconventionally. I had 3lb left over so I poured 2 lb into the 3 gallon carboy and a half lb into each half gallon carboy (yes, I later realised the math ratios weren't spot on). I also add about 2 oz more ginger to the 3 gallon cause apparently the ginger I used was weak. Thing is, I just added the honey and let the pressure from the siphon and must stir it. The 3 gallon it worked like a charm. The halfs not so much. Had some separation in them by the end of the day. I swirled them for a while to fix that.

    As of now, about a week after transfer, the 3 gallon is a happy camper and bubbling away at about 1 pop every 3 seconds. My top up jugs are not moving unless I swirl a little and I think that might be just trapped CO2 as I have to do this once a day to get it moving again.

    I have some theories for why it seems stuck:
    Too much honey
    The 3 gallon is benefitting from the added ginger nutrients
    The half gallons are just fermenting much more slowly

    Was thinking of some options:
    Adding water
    Adding yeast energizer
    Repitiching yeast

    Either way, it's not a big loss, just something in me wants them to succeed. Also, if they have stopped fermenting, should I even use them to top up the 3 gallon carboy?

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    Where is your hydrometer in all of this
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    It's in there

    Had an original SG of 1.12.
    Got down to 1.010 in primary.
    Added 2lb of honey to 3 gallons, brought it up to 1.020.
    Half gallons were at a higher 1.032 (edit: after adding about a half pound to each cause I had it left over and couldn't resist.)

    At the moment, I am out of town so can't get current ratings. Should be able to supply them by tomorrow evening.

    Another edit: After reading all that and doing the math, I've figured that my problem is to much honey in the halfs so I will make a good enough space for water and see how that works out.
    Last edited by veridian_sera; 03-10-2015 at 02:34 PM.

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    Do you have a way to check the pH?

    Lanne pase toujou pi bon
    (Past years are always better)

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    Yep. Ph is at 3.6. I just put some water in the other day and that seemed to do the trick. Thanks for jarring my noggin'!

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