View Full Version : First Bentonite Experience

05-22-2013, 10:31 AM
Dear all,

I have a sweet mead of 3 liters. after one month i racked it, after two months fementation stopped and i added Active Siha Bentonite G. i added bentonite directly to the mead like 10 grams as per manufacturers recommendations.

Also manufacturer says batch will be ready to filter after 2 hours. I see nothing and i am not going to filter it, i will wait until it gets clear on its own. Anyway i was suspicious because of not seeing any effects after two hours so i put it in 4 degrees celcius after two hours adding the active bentonite.

Here are the photographs after one day putting the mead in 4 degrees celcius. There are lots of sediment in the bottom.

What is your suggestions ? Should i rack it again or wait a few weeks to see the result.

All the best

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/6809/20130522191934.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/707/20130522191934.jpg/)

http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/775/20130522191942.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705/20130522191942.jpg/)

Medsen Fey
05-22-2013, 07:10 PM
I'd wait longer. I like to rack the fewest number of times necessary. Hey, OK - I'm lazy.... but that's half the battle when it comes to making mead. :)

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05-24-2013, 07:53 AM
Two days after asking the question and racking, it seems quite cleared.

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/4828/20130524164307.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/153/20130524164307.jpg/)

05-24-2013, 05:30 PM
Erm no........

Its "clearer" than it was, but by no means clear.

Like Medsen says, time.........

Midnight Sun
05-24-2013, 06:38 PM
Agreed, not quite clear. With a light colored mead like that, you should be able to read newsprint from the opposite side if it is to be considered clear.

05-25-2013, 08:49 AM
Yes you are right but the jar was just out of refrigerator and there was some condensation outside the jar, i filtered it with a towel before bottling and it was more clear.

Experiment is done, thanks for the replies.

Final Photograph :
http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/6481/20130525181001.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/546/20130525181001.jpg/)