I have only made a few meads in the past (really crappy one, good one after aged, and two session meads) and need some advice.
Used 16.5# (27.5 brix)of orange blossom honey in 5g batch with 8grams of hydrated 71B, fermenting at a steady 61-62 deg (in garage with temp control) from pitching to Day 11.
Shake carboy 2 to 3 times per day to release some CO2 and get the yeast & nutrients back into suspension
Pitch: Added 6.5g of GoFerm to 8g of yeast (I now know I should have added more GoFerm, however I wasn’t sure how much yeast I should use – I see anywhere from 1g to 3g of yeast per gallon online/magazines/book)
Day 1: I waited about 16 hours before added 2.5g of Fermaid K
Day 2: 1g of Fermaid K
Day 3: 2g of Fermaid K with 2g of DAP
Day 4: 5g of Fermaid K – 25 brix
Day 5: 12g of Fermaid K
Day 8: Last big carboy swirl. OG 1.074 based on 27.5brix to 21.75 brix
Day 9: 2g of DAP, 9p potassium bicarbonate (prior to pitching, it looked like the pH was roughly 3.3 or so using strips) 21 brix
Day 11: Light swirl with raking cane, mead smells and tastes good(sweet) at 20 brix. Just raised temp from 62 to 64
Based on getting close to ½ sugar depletion and slow ferment, should I add some fermaid K and continue to bump up the temp gradually to 70?