1.004 high for FG on hydromel

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1.004 high for FG on hydromel

Postby MrBoy » Tue Dec 06, 2016 22:23

I used 3.5Kg of clear honey made up to 16L with 500g red currants and a sachet of Lalvin wine yeast. It was slow to get going but after a couple of days got a decent head and was glugging away. It's calmed down now after 10 days and I got a reading of 1.004... I didn't get a OG reading. From my notes I did something similar last year and it got down to more like .995, ABV around 7%.

Would you assume after only 10 days it's still slowly fermenting? Should anything above 1.0 be treated as suspicious?

I'll take another reading but I'd like to have it ready for Christmas, ideally bottle-carbonated which would mean bottling around the 10th. Should I toss the idea of getting a fizzy batch ready for the 25th, and possibly bottle a small amount flat for the day?
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Re: 1.004 high for FG on hydromel

Postby robwalker » Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:44

Forget about it for as long as possible, Meads are slow burners!
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Re: 1.004 high for FG on hydromel

Postby MrBoy » Wed Dec 07, 2016 13:00

Is cold crashing applicable to mead?

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Re: 1.004 high for FG on hydromel

Postby robwalker » Wed Dec 07, 2016 13:03

I doubt it unless you've put anything with a lot of proteins in there, but cool temperatures will slow/stop the ferment and encourage clearing regardless.
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Re: 1.004 high for FG on hydromel

Postby Crastney » Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:34

brewing with honey usually takes a while to get going, because of the natural preservatives in the honey - you ideally need to make as large a starter as possible to get it going quickly. Lalvin yeast should go lower than that, maybe check the temp, and warm it up a smidgen. You could leave it as long as possible before bottling, and force carbonate it as an alternative idea.

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Re: 1.004 high for FG on hydromel

Postby MrBoy » Thu Dec 08, 2016 14:19

It's at 20-21 in the fridge, would you go above that? If the gravity is dropping I'll leave it, if it's stable maybe rouse and throw in another sachet?

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Re: 1.004 high for FG on hydromel

Postby MrBoy » Tue Dec 13, 2016 17:57

Measured again yesterday after raising to 21C (ish) for a few days; down to 1.000 now.

Well, in my measuring jar filled to the brim the main level of the fluid was at 1.0 but it crept up the side of the hydrometer and I can't remember the rule here? A narrow measuring cylinder you get quite a bulge with surface tension if you fill it then place the hydrometer in.
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Re: 1.004 high for FG on hydromel

Postby robwalker » Tue Dec 13, 2016 20:12

Main level is the one you use.
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