I thought it would be a while before I got around to making a mead. For the last year, I've heard about how it takes a year to ferment and even longer to taste good. Since then, I came across the idea of a "Staggered Nutrient Addition" which is a newer concept in home mead making. I believe I came by this on Basic Brewing Radio. I found Fermax yeast nutrient at my LHBS, Homebrew HQ. One of the guys there said it's "specially formulated" for mead.
For my staggered nutrient addition, I decided to cut my additions into quarters. The recipe I have calls for 2 tsp per gallon, so that means 4 additions of 1/2 tsp each. I've opted for an addition at pitching (day 1), day 2, day 3, and day 7 to give the yeast a little finishing kick. There are just as many suggestions about when and how much nutrient to add as there are mead makers. I may change my additions for my next batch but so far it seems to be doing well.
After several recent clogged airlocks and crazy blow-offs, I cautiously backed my recipe down to around 3/4 of a gallon. So far, the fermentation has produced very little krausen so I probably could have pulled off a full gallon. My target was 1.100, but after adding 3 containers of honey I was at 1.095, so I decided to not open another.
2.25 lbs "Organic Grade A" Honey, Kroger brand
2/3 gallon purified bottled water
1/2 tsp Fermax 9/4/12
1/2 tsp Fermax 9/5/12
1/2 tsp Fermax 9/6/12
1/2 tsp Fermax 9/9/12
1 packet Lalvin 71b-1122
Honey via Texas Aggieland Brew Club from Kroger
Local water has a musty taste - algae bloom?
Aerated day 1 and 2 after nutrient additions (heavy shaking)
Added fourth nutrient addition early since yeast was starting to flocculate already
Bottled directly from primary
4 bottles dosed with 10g of honey each
4 bottles kept still, no honey added