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MAximum SG of Must to start fermentation?

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yabb_unknown_usr

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I am still new at this but I just started a mead with a SG of 1.150. It took off like a rocket and has been bubbling for 4 days now. I used WYEAST Sweet Mead Yeast.. I am afraid now that my Mead is going to be toooooooo Sweeeeeeet.
 

Redleg

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I've had some meads that start out at a SG of 1.150 and ferment to about 1.010.

You really have to use a hearty yeast, and I feel that Wyeast mead yeasts are not up to the task. I use either Lavlin K1-V or EC-1118, pitched with a very large starter and a healthy dose of yeast nutrients. Use an aeration device prior to pitching and you should have no problem.
 

MeadMkr

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I normally start my melomels around 1.09 (4 gal water/8# honey) but have done as much as 10# (1.108SG). It depends on if I'm pitching on a yeast cake from a prior batch or with a 1 liter starter.

If I don't use a starter I normally pitch 2 packets of the same yeast in the 4 gallon starter. Once fermentation slows down I'll add more honey or fruit.

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