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    Re: Noob, first mead

    This is actually a Cyser, and I did add pectic enzyme in the primary as the cider selected seemed rather cloudy. I am a bit surprised it didn't clarify more on its own, but not worried.
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    Re: Noob, first mead

    So after a couple months of bulk aging I broke down and added a clarifier last night, this batch just didn't seem to want to clear on its own. Now it will be put back to rest some more.
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    CR, I am only running 1 gallon batches at present. Both for cider and mead. I am just reentering the brewing world and am trying to stay fairly simple. I mostly drink cider these days so that is...
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    Tenbears, your above post is a direct reflection of why I am not willing to experiment with other yeasts at this point. I have not sampled a huge variety of commercial or homemade meads. So until I...
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    Not necessarily looking to create a high ABV, but to use the yeast as a natural "flavor". Those who brew beer will understand, as yeast strains for beer/ale are regarded for flavor profile as well as...
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    I will be trying alternative yeasts, but not quite yet. As they will take more care and technique I want to get a few batches under my belt. I am getting ready to bottle my first ever this week,...
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    So it is painfully obvious you guys disagree on stuff, lol.

    Point of the thread was to explore the use of alternative yeasts(strong ale,saisson, other non-wine yeasts), and so far the concensus is...
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    Re: Noob, first mead

    Bought it labeled as "Yeast Nutrient", not sure if it is DAP. Didn't think to look at the specific ingredients, but thanks to the advice here I know to be careful with the timing of additions in the...
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    Re: Noob, first mead

    ****, hope it doesn't effect it much, tasted ok. Now to see what some proper aging does for it
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    Being new to mead this is mostly a mental exercise at this point. But eventually I hope to be making more complex fermentations.
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    I think it is well established that the wine and champaigne yeasts can and do make great mead. My interest is in using other available yeasts. Yeast flavor profiles can vary quite a bit between the...
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    OK, so it looks like some people have taken the leap and made some good meads without the "traditional" wine yeasts. That is good news to me, as I like to add some spin to things when I can. Also...
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    Re: Noob, first mead

    Took a gravity reading on Friday and it was at 1.030. Based on the my SG of 1.144 it looks like I am now @ 14.96% ABV, with about 3% sugars left over. I racked again and made a small nutrient...
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    Re: Noob, first mead

    Vance,
    I thought 14% was pretty average for mead, and the Cote has the ability to reach that. I think the main problem was that I did not adjust my honey lower to account for the sugars in the cider...
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    Re: Noob, first mead

    Airlock activity has become pretty subdued, will take a gravity reading tomorrow morning. I will most likely rack again as well.
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    Well I guess what I'm really on about is can a higher tolerance Ale yeast make a good mead?

    I know a Short Mead could be made as they are lower ABV, But.....has anyone sacked an Ale yeast up to...
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    1388 can make a good mead "off the shelf" so to say. My wandering mind however is thinking about the possibilities of extending "non traditional" yeasts into mead making. Like pushing a Belgian...
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    Re: Alcohol Tolerance?

    I've read thru his site. Makes one think.

    Lets say I have a yeast I love for hard cider, but its listed tolerance is 10% ABV. Based on Denards results and theories, is could be possible to turn...
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    Alcohol Tolerance?

    Discussion of this being taken from the De-gassing thread.....

    I know that yeast strains are tested by the various labs/manufacturers, who then publish their result. But is this really gospel?
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    Re: Noob, first mead

    Well, like all here I'm sure I will live thru some mistakes. Hopefully I hit nearer to 14% at the finish. Next batch will include some adjustments based on the final outcome of this one.
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    Re: Noob, first mead

    Both the apple cider and the honey came from Trader Joes. Cider is all natural with no preservatives.Honey choice was made because it was the only variety they had in a 3lb container that day(maybe...
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    Noob, first mead

    Hello all!
    First mead, a cyser actually. Recently returned to world of fermentation. Completed a 3gallon batch of hard cider(3 separate 1 Gallon carboys), and have done a good bit of reading about...
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