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    Default When should I start to expect bubbles in the airlock?

    So on Saturday afternoon I set out to make my first batch 1gallon (4.5ltr) of mead.

    My recipe was as follows

    4lb local honey
    4.5ltr spring water
    5g mangrove jack M05 Mead Yeast (19% Alcohol tolerance)
    2tsp yeast nutrient (as per instructions)



    Dissolved honey in half of water in a sterilized pan
    add honey and water to fermentation bucket
    add rest of water
    rehydrated yeast with 2tbs of the honey and water
    Added rehydrated yeast to fermentation bucket
    Added yeast nutrient
    Stirred for about 10mins to aerate
    Lidded and put airlock with water half filled.

    Currently stored at room temp in a dark place.

    So I was expecting a bubble rate of 1 every 30-60seconds after 24 to 48 hours, but I am not getting any at the moment. Am I being impatient?

    My intentions are to allow 2 weeks for first fermentation and transfer via syphon to a glass carboy for 2nd fermentation for 8 weeks with a second racking at 4 weeks. Before bottling I will filter with a cheese cloth.

    Thanks

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    You sure your fermentation bucket is properly sealed? Chances are it's fermenting well but a slight leak is leaking CO2 so the airlock isn't bubbling. Nothing to worry about though, just leave it. Take a gravity reading after a few days or so to see if it's fermenting.

    What was your original gravity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    You sure your fermentation bucket is properly sealed? Chances are it's fermenting well but a slight leak is leaking CO2 so the airlock isn't bubbling. Nothing to worry about though, just leave it. Take a gravity reading after a few days or so to see if it's fermenting.

    What was your original gravity?
    Thanks

    I think it was 1.095

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    The sugar content of honey varies, but 4lbs of honey and 4.5L of water, should have left you with an OG = 1.121.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darigoni View Post
    The sugar content of honey varies, but 4lbs of honey and 4.5L of water, should have left you with an OG = 1.121.
    To be honest I struggled to read my hydrometer, I think you are right!

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