3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.
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    Default 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    Would anyone care to analyze these numbers and let me know if things are going well or not (if you can even tell by the info I'm about to provide)?

    #1 Jan 02 original gravity = 1.071/ Jan 13 SG 1.050/ Jan 24 SG 1.038

    #2 1.089 1.071 1.058

    #3 1.075 1.061 1.034

    I hope this is enough info for someone to be able to give some sort of indication as to what is going on. I know that the decreased numbers are a good thing and that is the direction they need to go. Just wondering if the rate in which they are dropping is good. Also, does this help in advising me when I can or should rack these into secondaries?

    Any discussion would be very appreciated and more than welcome.

    Thank You.

    Todd
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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    You didn't say what yeast you used? Some metabolize sugar faster. It looks like a slow start. As long as they are still fermenting you should be fine. You should rack after fermentation stops or is mostly stopped.

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    I'm sorry. I used lavlin 1118. I know that is one thing right off the bat that I will be changing when I improve on this in the future. You had actually advised me in a previous post about this batch and suggested that this yeast will probably produce a very dry mead.

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    It would but almost any yeast would given your Starting Gravity. You will end up with a mead just above 10% ABV. The ferment seems rather slow, Which is not a problem as usually slow ferments result in a mead that carries good honey flavor profile. With that said the ferment seem dangerously slow and may stall, You did not mention any tannins or nutrients. I would be a little concerned about a stall Because Ec-1118 is known ad old reliable. A work horse of a yeast that runs through the ferment. As long as the SG continues to drop you will be good to go, I would be inclined to give it a bit of DAP if the SG is 1.038 after three weeks, Or check your hydrometer.

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    I have put nothing in the way of yeast nutrients in any of the 3. #3 however, does contain 2 cut up apples. Not sure it that is beneficial to the yeast or not. i will go to the brew shop tomorrow and get some DAP. Thank you.

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    I agree with Tenbears on this one! I would however be careful with DAP as that can leave your mead tasting terrible if the yeast does not use it and this late in the ferment it may be to late for that! Nutrient is important with meads in general due to a lack there of in honey! I would choose to add some raisins, break them up a bit and add them if you want to add nutrients. Otherwise I would buy some generic nutrient, fermaid k or fermaid o and use that if you can. Your yeast should have dropped your numbers about 10 points a day with a healthy ferment.

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