Started my first mead on Sunday. 15 lbs of wildflower honey, water, and 1/4 of the nutrients. I rehydrated the yeast (71B-1122) according to package and I'm fermenting at 65 F. I open and stir it twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. I also add a 1/4 of the nutrients when I stir at night. I currently have 1/4 left and from an interview with Curt Stock that I saw, he said the last 1/4 should be added when 2/3 fermentation was done.
My question now is how many more days should I be stirring the mead to off gas the CO2? Is there some unwritten rule or it is based on percentage of fermentation completed? Should I be stirring it everyday still but maybe not as vigorously as I have been?
I have some madagascar vanilla beans soaking in vodka right now to dose the mead at bottling time.