I have a stalled cherry mead fermentation.This is my first attempt at brewing mead so am hoping I can get it going again. I have used 3lbs honey to 2lbs cherries. My yeast is bulldog mead yeast and nutrient. Everything seemed go fine according to the recipe until now. It has been fermenting for 12 days and has just stopped. I have checked with my hydrometer and get a reading of 0.996. What should I do?
Your mead likely won't read much more below 0.996, that is pretty well fermented. It may dry out a tiny bit over another few weeks, but depending on your alcohol content in the mead the readings can get a bit finicky that low so I wouldn't expect much movement.
Still, 12 days is not very much and it's pretty early to even really start taking readings on it. A few more weeks will do it good for conditioning, however it's likely ~98% fermented out.