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Mike

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I started a mead two months ago, and it seems to be taking forever to ferment. Patience, patience, I know....

Anyhow, it has 6 kg's (about 13 lbs) of honey, 2 tsp of yeast energizer, 2 tsp of Wyeast yeast nutrient, and 3 pkgs of Lalvin 71B-1122 yeast.

The OG was 1.088, and after 6 weeks it was 1.024, when I racked it to the secondary. Today, two weeks later, it has only dropped to 1.022. Seems to be fermenting very slooooooowly. The temperature is about 19°C/68°F where the carboy is.

Should I add more yeast, stir it up a bit (bit of yeast cake at bottom), add more yeast nutrient or energizer, warm it up or just leave it alone? ???
 

ThistyViking

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hmmm, got me mostly stumped

If you didn't have a striated must initially my figures suggest you only have about 9% alchohol.

I'd spin the carboy to break up the sediment and mix it back up into the must.

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The 71B strain is a rapid starter with a constant and complete fermentation between 15° and 30°C (59° and 86°F) that has
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Temp isn't the problem.

hmm... good for 14% according to charts at site... I'd douse it with a competitve yeast like K1V-1116 if fermentation doesn't speed up after you spin the carboys.
 
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