From the HBD Archive
From: Ilaine - 'the maniac with the string' <>
Subject: bubbles and vapor locks
Date: 1989-12-03 19:43:02 GMT

I am brewing my first batch of mead, and it seems to have developed
an obnoxios habit in the last week. There is a sort of suds at the top which
I am told is normal, I was also told I left plenty of space at the top of the
carboy. Nonetheless, the bubbles have been creeping all the way up and into the
lock. I was told if this happens I should change the water. So far no problem,
but I have had to do this every day for a few days now. I don't want to have
to open the thing too often, I have popped the reachable bubbles when I
cleaned the lock, but they are growing back quicker and quicker. The recipe I
used is 10 lbs of honey, about 4 - 4 1/2 gallons of water, and rather a lot of
spices. The mead has been fermenting for about three weeks now. I am not
worried (or at least I won't let my mead know if I am), but does any one have
any suggestions?

Liz Stokes

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