I suspect that Medsen is alluding to possible fusels being produced?I left it at room temp. 70-76 degrees. I did not have a cooler for it at the time.
Thought so. Temp control is less of an issue for me as the house rarely gets above about 70 here.Yes, high temp fermentation can produce fusels that are very hot. Aging can certainly mellow them, but I have a batch that I've been aging for 5 years that still tastes like "fire water" so don't hold your breath.
But at least there's thunderstorms to watch every night. (depending on where you're at maybe. I've only been near Universal studios / Disney).Thought so. Temp control is less of an issue for me as the house rarely gets above about 70 here.
Yet you being in Florida its gotta be a pain having to factor in temp control too......
Temp control is really important.I can't say how important it is for meads, having very little experience yet with them,...
Both of which were isolated from the south central/south western area in France......Temp control is really important.
Wine yeast throw a lot of fusels at high temp and even though these higher alcohols may mellow with long aging, they can wreck a mead. The best yeast I've seen if you have to brew above 75F are K1V and D21.
Sorry to hijack, but this has me quite intrigued as being in South Texas, and about to get some kind of setup for fermenting in the summer. Could you post pictures of your setup for us to oooh and aaawww over? (in another thread of course.)I've seen a lot of different approaches to fermentation chambers. The easiest is to just buy a chest freezer and add a temperature control switch to it, though if you have the space you could buy a normal fridge and replace the door with a fermentation chamber. I went a little bit overboard on that myself -- my fridge powers a lagering chamber that gets down to about 2C, a serving chamber that holds 3 kegs around 10C, and a ferment chamber that can get two fermentation buckets or carboys down to 15C year round and below 10C for making lagers any time but mid summer. It's a great DIY project.