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Offline ellen

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Do I have to make a starter?
« on: October 09, 2011, 04:11:09 PM »
of Lalvin D47 for peach mead or can I just pitch a few packets? 

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Re: Do I have to make a starter?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2011, 04:36:55 PM »
of Lalvin D47 for peach mead or can I just pitch a few packets? 

I'd definitely skip the starter and just use two packets.  Never used D47 specifically , but it has worked well with other dry yeasts, so I say go for it.  On a few occasions, I've used three packets of dry yeast for stronger meads.

I'm sure others will weigh in...
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Re: Do I have to make a starter?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2011, 04:57:57 PM »
I don't make starters for mead. My last mead was 1.140, and I pitched 2 packets of  Red Star Pasteur Champagne yeast. Fermented perfectly.
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Re: Do I have to make a starter?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2011, 07:56:22 PM »
Not a starter, but you should rehydrate the yeast.  In addition, use some Go-Ferm when rehydrating.
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Re: Do I have to make a starter?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2011, 06:39:18 AM »
multiple packets = yes
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Re: Do I have to make a starter?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2011, 06:41:51 AM »
multiple packets = yes

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rehydrate and pitch accordingly
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