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Old 09-04-2017, 08:03 PM   #11
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https://www.tesco.com/groceries/prod.../?id=289725731

Was it these blackberries, link above? Packaged in Serbia, it doesn't mention on the site if potassium sorbate has been used, if you have a pack in the freezer check, if not when in Tescos have a look at another pack to see if they have used ks. That might be your problem. Although residual bleach may also be, always a good idea to use a little citric acid into the dj and swish about to neutralise any residual bleach, baby bottle stuff is better like milton or another simliar product.

Don't think honey is the problem.

Those crappy airlocks hate them, get a simple bubbler for dj's. With those airlocks it is difficult to see activity sometimes.
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Yes, that's them.
I will have to look next time i'm there.
If they do have potassiaum on them is there any way it can be recovered ?
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has the gravity reading changed at all
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Stupidly i have not taken a reading
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This past week i have mostly been drinking the coopers ale thats now ready, probably could do with a little more time to rest but still perfectly drinkable !
I have switched the airlock to one of the conventional ones and it would appear there is some action in the mead although inly very slight, it is bubbling maybe once a minute at best, but it is bubbling.
I have added a teaspoon of nutrient every 2-3 days.
I checked the packaging on the blackberries when i was in tesco and nothing is mentioned on the packaging.
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