Mead Lover's Digest #0420 Fri 21 July 1995

 

Forum for Discussion of Mead Making and Consuming
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Contents:

restarting a stuck fermentation — update (Dieter Dworkin Muller)
Sulphites in Mead (John DeCarlo)
Apricot selection (Kevin Schutz)

 

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Subject: restarting a stuck fermentation -- update
From: Dieter Dworkin Muller <dworkin@village.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 1995 15:29:41 -0600

A while back I asked about restarting stuck fermentations, as I had
fifteen gallons sitting there not doing anything after the first
couple of months, but still so sweet as to be undrinkable. Lots of
suggestions were made, most of which I'd already tried. Well, today
we tried an experiment — adding oxygen.

Just to make sure we weren't making a major mistake, we racked off
about a quart, split that in two, and tried bubbling different amounts
of medical oxygen through them. We let them sit for twenty minutes or
so before trying, to give any nasty oxidation effects a chance to
occur. There was a direct correlation between the amount of bubbling
and the mellowing of off-flavours due to fermentation (i.e., the one
we put a lot of gas into tasted better, although still deadly sweet
and low-alcohol). So, first data point — the harshness that takes a
long time to age out seems to be helped by adding oxygen.

So, we went ahead and bubbled seven liters of oxygen through each of
the five gallon carboys (well, two fives and one 4 3/4, now). I'll
send out another update in a week or two, once I know whether or not
the yeast will be waking back up.

One other thing we did was add about a teaspoon of yeast nutrient to
each carboy. Couldn't hurt, and will probably help.

Dworkin

 


Subject: Sulphites in Mead
From: John DeCarlo <jdecarlo@homebrew.mitre.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 95 08:58:18 EST

How prevalent is the use of sulphites in mead making nowadays? From my
reading and following this digest and making meads and talking to people, I
sort of got the idea that the current view is to not use sulphites.

On the negative side, you have to worry about anyone with an allergy to
sulphites drinking your mead.

On the positive side, sulphites do what? Slow down yeast?

Whether you boil or not, heat to pasteurize or not, is there *any* good reason
to use sulphites?

Thanks.

John DeCarlo, MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA–My views are my own
Fidonet: 1:109/131 Internet: jdecarlo@mitre.org


Subject: Apricot selection
From: kschutz@atmel.com (Kevin Schutz)
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 95 13:49:13 MDT


Hello all,

When selecting apricots for meads, is it better to go for sweetness or tartness
in the flavor? This morning, I sampled all sources available to me at the
Farmer's Market and the two most interesting sources were either very sweet
or very tart. Both had what I would call good flavor and were of the approx.
same maturity, just different varieties.

Also, what about the fruit's firmness of flesh? I believe someone (Dick Dunn?)
posted earlier that apricots were generally messy anyway. Does the initial
firmness really matter much? I generally freeze my fruits before using them
anyway.

TIA,

Kevin Schutz
kschutz@atmel.com
Colorado Springs, CO


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