Mead Baby 2.0 has had its first night in the new set up.
About an hour or so before heading to bed, I checked the temperatures. The ambient temperature had dropped to about 13C, while the ferment dropped to 17C, so I turned the heating pad on for about an hour.
I checked again, first thing in the morning, and it was at 18C!
After I did all my running around this morning, I checked it again, and this time, I could stay to watch the airlock.
The ambient temperature was back at 14C…
While the ferment had dropped to 17C, so I turned the heat pad back on and starting watching the airlock. When I first started, there were bubbles about 8 seconds apart. I remembered that I have a timer on my phone, so tried using that (which is more of a pain than just counting “one thousand 1, one thousand 2…). When I first started, it was already up to about 7 seconds apart, and by the time I was done, it was up to 6 seconds apart.
So this set up is definitely working! I’m really happy that it was able to maintain its temperature overnight.