Mellow Doux 6L with Brown Sugar and Yeast Nutrient

Let’s try a variation on the instant classic Couple of differences this time:

  • We’ll be adding 1 1/2 tbsp yeast nutrient (recommends 1tbsp/gallon) – 1lb bag ordered from amazon.
  • 4 1/2 cups, whereas before it was only 3 1/2.
  • Open air ferment, i.e. “first” ferment, which is just a bucket with a towel over it for a couple days. The oxygen helps the yeast procreate.
  • We’ll also let the mix sit, mixing and sitting for a bit, and then measure its sugar content (supposedly more accurate but I’d like to test that).


Currently at HYDROMETER Before 1.088 Potential ABV 11.55%. White wine territory — that’s more like it. But we’ll take another measurement in a bit to see if that number changes. Some sources say to wait 12 hours so you can get a really accurate reading but ain’t nobody got time for that.

Two hours later and the sugar reading is the same. Let’s just dump in 1.5 tsp of yeast nutrient and 3/4 tsp EC1118 yeast. And cover for a couple days…

Wednesday November 6 Update

Either the nutrient or the open air ferment worked because I woke up to a super foamy broth in the morning…

Thurs Nov 7

Crazy activity! So much so it’s making me nervous, so I’m going to cap it with the airlock.

Wed Nov 13 Update

Cracker open.

Can see the height of the yeast development..

Sitting at .093??

So yeasty. Dr