My daughters and their friends are all home from college so I offered to try my hand at a hard seltzer since that's the new fad they are all drinking.
I bought a Hard Seltzer kit followed the directions with the exception that I added an extra 15oz of sugar to the boil. I used distilled water as suggested.
During the last 6 minutes of the boil I added .5 tsp (yea...1/2 tsp) of LD Carlson Yeast Nutrient along with 'mineral pack' included in the kit. After cooling I transferred it to the primary fermenter and pitched the dry yeast right on top. (safale us-05)
My OG = 1.030. Directions say after 5-7 days my gravity should be between .999 and 1.002.
After 5 days I took a gravity reading and it was 1.020...FAR from what I was expecting. So it took another full teaspoon (1 tsp) of yeast nutrient and boiled with with about a cup of distilled water and added that to the primary.
I got a little more action in the airlock but it quickly died down. It's now been 8 additional days and I'm still at 1.020.
Do I pitch more yeast? I've bought another pack of of the US-05 that will hopefully be here this week.
I also bought some Yeast Energizer at the same time. I could use it instead (or in addition)
I could also mix up some more yeast nutrient and keep adding it. (but how often/how much? 1/2 tsp every other day???)