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Mead lag time
« on: August 26, 2012, 08:45:13 AM »
All you mead makers… how long is typical for a mead to take to start showing signs of active fermentation after pitching?  I just started my first mead, and it started bubbling nicely in the airlock in about 45 minutes.  Needless to say, this was a LOT shorter than I was expecting.

OG: 1.115
Yeast: Safale US-05 (Brew store was out of Lalvin 71-B)
Temperature: 60-65F
1st batch of a staggered nutrient addition added.

I was a little sad to find that I couldn't get 71-B for my first mead... I've had some good meads from US-05, so hopefully this will come out all right.  I have a little Thames Valley-II hanging around in the fridge, and I almost pitched that instead.  It has a nice stone-fruit character, but I didn't think it would attenuate enough.

Thanks.

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Re: Mead lag time
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2012, 04:10:56 PM »
I've never had anything start in 45 minutes.  How much yeast did you add, and did you rehydrate?

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Re: Mead lag time
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2012, 06:24:14 PM »
Just 2 sachets of the US-05.  I didn't even rehydrate.  It's very confusing.

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Re: Mead lag time
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2012, 11:13:52 PM »
That's quite a bit of yeast - I usually use 3 packs of 71B, which is 15 grams.  Two US-05 is 22 grams.  But then I also rehydrate in warm water with goferm.  Is it possible it is warming up?  That will cause bubbles.  What is your fermentation temp?
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Re: Mead lag time
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2012, 07:59:18 AM »
Is it possible it is warming up?  That will cause bubbles. 

This is what I'd suspect. Maybe you could get a bubble or two after 45, but bubbling nicely? Must be something else.
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Re: Mead lag time
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2012, 12:12:52 AM »
Is it possible it is warming up?  That will cause bubbles. 

This is what I'd suspect. Maybe you could get a bubble or two after 45, but bubbling nicely? Must be something else.
Probably.  "Nicely" is a vague word though. :)
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