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Hibiscus mead changed color after adding yeast nutrient

Hibiscus contains hydroxycitric acid. I suspect it had a reaction to metal elements in the yeast nutrient. The product looks like iron chloride in solution to me.
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I didn't add yeast nutrients to my cider is this going to be a problem?

I never use nutrient in my ciders and they turn out great. You don’t need a hydrometer either. It can be useful but is not essential. Cidermaking can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. ...
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Stuck ferment - gingerbeer - or just strange yeast?

If you have "spritz", which is carbon dioxide gas, then you have fermentation. No need for concern. Ginger beer often will not have the yeast krausen layer on top, the yeast remains ...
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Can I use oxygen tablets or liquid oxygen to oxygenate my water for yeast fermentation in mead?

I wouldn't think of these things necessarily food safe. I wouldn't be adding something like this to my beer/mead without knowing what other substances are in it. You are overthinking the oxygenation/...
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How does one apply nutrient to a mead brew

The most common nutrients for mead making, DAP and Fermaid-K or -O, come in powder form. Adding a tsp of each to a 5-gallon batch of mead and mixing well is all it takes. If you see the nutrient ...
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Mead made with bananas as a nutrient

Banana does have a couple of the nutrients yeast needs. Potassium, folic acid, magnesium etc. Most fruits lack FAN though. That being said bananas wouldn't be a complete replacement for a yeast ...
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Do you really need yeast/mash nutrients?

I can't reach the website from here, but when I search for "does turbo yeast need nutrients" I get a reference stating: Each Turbo Yeast contains a mix of yeast and nutrients, to make 25 L of Wash ...
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Did my mead stall? What can I do?

I currently suggest two things. The first is to check your SG ALSO with a hydrometer. If it has the same readings as your refractometer, there is definitely something off. Also, do you use a ...
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Hibiscus mead changed color after adding yeast nutrient

I have found that the colour of Hybiscus is pH sensitive. At low pH it is red and at higher pH it will turn purple.
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Alternative/homemade yeast nutrient?

When I make Mead I use brown sugar about 2 table spoons in 10 Liters of honey water mix. I also put light malt into the mix at about 3 parts honey to 1 of Malt. Works well every time. I was looking ...
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Any food alternatives you can use to brewers yeast nutrient?

Unlikely and it will cost a hell of lot more chasing down the ingredients to put together your own yeast nutrients. I have been brewing for 25 year and have never used them. I had problems brewing ...
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Does cider need yeast nutrient?

Really depends on the apple juice which depends on the soil the trees are grown. I've done size-by-side tests on 1 gallon batches with and without 1/4 tsp each of yeast nutrients (DAP, ammonium ...
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Does cider need yeast nutrient?

Yes, cider needs a lot of nutrients for healthy yeast growth. Here's a couple ways to get around adding nutrients. Full pitch of yeast. This basically skips a growth phase be case all the needed ...
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Can I Complete A Cider Homebrew Without Nutrients While Keeping A Decent Flavour?

You don't need to add any nutrients. I don't use nutrients in any of my ciders and they turn out fantastic. I wouldn't add Vitamin C either. Or even cane sugar, unless you want to make a very ...
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Slow but effective fermentation

You have to use an hydrometer to measure gravity if you want to know what is going on. Foam and airlock bubbling activity is not a precise indication of an active fermentation. Measure gravity ...
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How does one apply nutrient to a mead brew

As a counterpoint, I've done mead batches with zero nutrients, and batches with different levels of nutrients, with success each time. So far I've only used diammonium phosphate (DAP) and Wyeast ...
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Unconsumed yeast nutrients before bottling

This should be safe to bottle. You used an awful lot of nutrient. I can see that it helped, but you probably only needed about one teaspoon maximum; the rest of it was truly not useful. As such you ...
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Can I use oxygen tablets or liquid oxygen to oxygenate my water for yeast fermentation in mead?

The basics: just mix it up. I've made a few 5-gallon batches of mead, 30-some by this point. When mixing together my must at the start of a batch, I used to use just a big steel spoon to stir the ...
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Hibiscus mead changed color after adding yeast nutrient

Your nutrient contained phosphate. Most phosphate compounds (besides phosphoric acid and ammonium phosphate) are insoluble. Part of what happened is the phosphate reacting chemically with other ions ...
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Flavor effects of adding yeast energizer or nutrient to beer?

I've seen in the literature that yeast nutrient based on aminoacids can contribute soy/umami or slightly metallic flavor -- obviously, for that it needs to be incompletely consumed by yeast. For that ...
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Rhubarb wine colour lost after additives introduced

I performed my first rack on some muscadine wine. I had 5 Camden tablets crushed and diluted in jug #2. Jug #1's content was deep pink. The content in the siphon line was pink. As soon as the wine ...
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