Category: Additives

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Feeding Yeast

Proper yeast nutrition means your brew ferments faster and cleaner, leaving fewer off-flavors that have to age out.  We’ll call that a good thing.  Yeast is a pretty complex little [..]

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molecular structure of yeast

Acids in mead

A common flaw in meads is a poor balance between acid and sweetness. You need a little acid to offset the natural sweetness in mead.  Honey is not a high-acid substance [..]

molecular structure of yeast

A thought on mead nutrients

Honey contains small amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as anti-oxidants, but not enough to make sufficient nutrition for your yeast.  If there is lag time in getting yeast activity [..]

molecular structure of yeast

Sulfites in mead

Sulfite: the goal is to neutralize wild yeasts in your mead must, so that they don’t give you awful off-flavors.  Brewing yeasts are carefully engineered for the way they process the [..]

Mead additives

Honey Handling and Mead Additives – another forum discussion  From http://byo.com/feature/875.html Your aim in preparing the must and in the fermentation of honey should be to retain as much of [..]