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  1. #1
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    Default Is this normal? or did Imess up?

    I am making mead for the first time. I followed the recipe to the letter. All seemed to be going well Fermenting like crazy. The recipe said in 21 days place 5 crushed campden tablets in a clean carboy, then rack the mead into it, top up with bottled water. I got ahead of myself, and added tap water. The mead foamed a bit. I then placed the airlock on, Although the brew has been bubbling for the past 3 weeks since I racked it. They are very fine bubbles and the airlock never seems to bubble. I realize it may be releasing a bubble every now an then when I am not around as the mix is still giving off tiny bubbles that may take quite a while to work the lock. Is this normal? or did I ruin my mead by adding tap water.

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    Default Re: Is this normal? or did Imess up?

    Not to worry. Airlock activity is not a good gauge of fermentation activity, as pressure differentials vary with barometric pressure, temperature, etc. Tap water won't harm anything unless your tap water is REALLY gross . How much top-up water for how much mead volume? I'm guessing 5 gallons since you used 5 campden tabs. Sulfiting is intended to protect the mead from oxidation, but with good siphoning technique isn't really necessary for a 1st rack as the still-active yeast will strip any incidentally-introduced O2.

    At any rate, no harm done.
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

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    Default Re: Is this normal? or did Imess up?

    Yes it is 5 gallons of mead, and I toped it to the neck of the carboy which took about 8 ounces +- the fermentation change was dramatic, I was told that happens when you take the mead off the lees. I just would hat to see it go bad if there is something I did wrong and can fix it. thanks for the help.

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    Default Re: Is this normal? or did Imess up?

    the only thing I see wrong is that I don't get to taste it ,,, don't worry I never followed a recipe yet ,and I haven't had a bad batch yet ,, yea some didn't taste the best ,, but that was because of the kind I made ( banana ) no I would not make it again it was drinkable but not real good ,,
    so just do it and learn ,, I call it flying by the seat of the pants .... little things like what you did ,,, dose not matter that much ,, so try things because what one thinks is great wine you may think its rotten ,, what you think is great some one will think how can he drink that rotten stuff ... so try things learn what works FOR YOU ...

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    Default Re: Is this normal? or did Imess up?

    Dan,
    I did the exact same thing a while back, and I am not sure what is in our water, (We have a Culligan system) In any event, I had a nice ferment going, racked it from the primary into the carboy on 6 campden tablets, when I toped it up, it Foamed over the top. The mead continued fermenting at a slower pace but turned out great, in fact. I think it was one of the best batches I made. when you come to the next racking, tap off a small glass and give it a taste. If it taste good them it will taste great in a year.

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