So this Rural Glyn is turning out amazing.  After I added a second packet of yeast the fermentation was going very excited and bubbly–I may not have needed that extra packet, in retrospect, maybe it just needed an extra day or two to get started?  Worth trying the second time around: I think that the maple syrup may not provide as many nutrients for the yeast to really get going really quickly, so maybe more patience is necessary.

But regardless, as I mentioned, this mead is super tasty.  I have some extra syrup and vanilla beans on hand in case I needed to add anything, but I left it as is–I couldn’t detect any flavors that I wanted to enhance in this first rack.  I am very excited about how delicious it is going to be.  Recording some stats:

  • Started: 8 March 2010, 9:00p
  • First rack: 5 April 2010, 9:53p