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Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:36:09 PM »
Steve gave me a really nice Christmas present today.  He knows how I like to watch things ferment.  I will be able to watch this Christmas present ferment for awhile.  Steve put the ADY in the present at market today and by the end of the day the Christmas present was already fermenting.

Thanks so much Steve!  ;D

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 09:37:14 PM »
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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 10:21:42 PM »
Since I returned from market the present is really fermenting. 

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 11:25:01 PM »
Is that a belgian wheat ale with coriander, lemon, and orange peel?
I love me some belgian ales, especially abbey ales.
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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013, 12:40:56 AM »
please keep it out of the light,  unless there are no hops in it,  which is possible...   -Marc

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013, 08:04:15 AM »
It's a mead. No hops.

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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 10:13:29 AM »
Awesome,  looks really good Steve!  I miss homebrewing.  Someday I will get back to it... -marc

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013, 06:41:49 PM »
The Mead Steve gave me is fermenting less now.  I think it is fun to watch something other than pizza dough fermenting with ADY.  The white raisins, orange slices and cloves are all at the top now.  I can’t see the honey, but there is a lot added.  I can see carbon dioxide bubbles still releasing in the airlock, but not as fast as last evening.  The airlock allows carbon dioxide to be released by the Mead, while not allowing air to enter the fermenter, thus avoiding oxidation.  Steve said the Mead will need to ferment for 3-4 months and even after I don’t see if fermenting anymore, it will still be fermenting.  Steve also told me the cloudy Mead will turn clearer after awhile.

I find how fermenting Mead is similar to pizza dough, but a lot different.  Even using just plain ADY to make Mead is interesting to me.  Steve just added 1 teaspoon of ADY to this batch of Mead.  I wish pizza dough could have an airlock installed to watch how it ferments too. 

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2013, 03:55:24 PM »
I'm not much up on mead, but similar to wine the key to success is temperature control & aging. Do whatever it takes to age as long as possible in a very stable temperature. I do not want to recommend temperature & timeframe because I do not have the experience to back it up, but I have read about it before.

Good luck and enjoy!
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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013, 06:44:12 PM »
I'm not much up on mead, but similar to wine the key to success is temperature control & aging. Do whatever it takes to age as long as possible in a very stable temperature. I do not want to recommend temperature & timeframe because I do not have the experience to back it up, but I have read about it before.

Good luck and enjoy!


motofrk,

Thanks for your thoughts.  I think Steve said it really doesn't matter what temperature the mead if fermented at, but if I am wrong he can post.  I don't want to mess up my mead.

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2013, 07:20:48 PM »
Room temp is fine Norma, but motofrk is right that you should try to avoid large fluctuations in temp.       

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013, 07:23:25 PM »
Steve,

Do you think that will be enough for Norma, and maybe you should have doubled it? You know Norma. She will perhaps polish off the whole thing in one sitting.

Peter

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2013, 07:32:13 PM »
You know Norma. She will perhaps polish off the whole thing in one sitting.

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2013, 07:37:08 PM »
Room temp is fine Norma, but motofrk is right that you should try to avoid large fluctuations in temp.      

Steve,

Thanks, my ambient room temperature is about 70 degrees all the time.  I did add a little more water like you told me I could after the mead was not fermenting as fast, but somehow a little water came out of the airlock.  Is it still okay?  It is still bubbling.

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2013, 07:43:27 PM »
Oh no....!!  >:(   Not our dear sweet "lil Norma... :angel:

Bob,

Steve knows me and I am not as sweet as you think I might be.  I do have a devlish side sometimes.   >:D :angel:

I was watching that crazy show about the “Moonshiner’s” late last night and that is something that looks interesting.  :-D

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« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2013, 07:47:50 PM »
Bob,

Steve knows me and I am not as sweet as you think I might be.  I do have a devlish side sometimes.   >:D :angel:

I was watching that crazy show about the “Moonshiner’s” late last night and that is something that looks interesting.  :-D

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2013, 12:21:03 AM »
Steve,

Do you think that will be enough for Norma, and maybe you should have doubled it? You know Norma. She will perhaps polish off the whole thing in one sitting.

Peter

I've got another identical batch going here just in case. :-D

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2013, 12:21:59 AM »
Steve,

Thanks, my ambient room temperature is about 70 degrees all the time.  I did add a little more water like you told me I could after the mead was not fermenting as fast, but somehow a little water came out of the airlock.  Is it still okay?  It is still bubbling.

Norma

I'm sure it's fine Norma. :)

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2013, 08:18:26 AM »
I've got another identical batch going here just in case. :-D

Steve,

You told me the batch of mead you gave me would be enough to fill three wine bottles when it is finished.  There is no way I could finish that up at one time.  :-D

I'm sure it's fine Norma. :)

I will take a video to see if you think the mead if fermenting okay.  Since this is my first batch of mead I am not sure how it should look.  I find watching the fermentation process interesting.  8)

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Re: Steve’s Fermentation Christmas Present to Me…Nice!!!
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2013, 08:55:29 AM »
This is what the fermenting mead looks like this morning.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDPUZeqmmEM" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDPUZeqmmEM</a>


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