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BrewMan12oz
12-11-2013, 02:26 PM
Hello everyone, last february I put together my second traditional mead. 15 pounds raw honey, water and d-47 yeast. Kept it at a steady basement temperature, but fermentation was slow.

Fast forward to 2 months ago, I re pitched d-47 yeast and added yeast nutrient, which I had failed to add initally (i know big mistake) which is why I figured it was fermenting so slowly. The fermentation seemed to take off but after a week or so it slowed way down again.

The mead looks great, smells great, tastes great (medium-sweet). The current gravity is at 1.01, and i forgot to get an initial gravity.

My question is this: What to do now? Do I somehow get it to ferment dry? Cold crash it? I really want to finish this mead off the right way, as i've invested a lot of time and honey money into this.

Thank you!

McJeff
12-11-2013, 02:33 PM
why do more to it, drink!

BrewMan12oz
12-11-2013, 02:44 PM
I would like to clear it out, but in a manner where it wont cause bottle bombs, my goal now is to be able to safely bottle it clear, and whichever the best way to do that

McJeff
12-11-2013, 02:56 PM
I would like to clear it out, but in a manner where it wont cause bottle bombs, my goal now is to be able to safely bottle it clear, and whichever the best way to do that

add some bentonite to the carboy you are in now. Wait a few weeks and rack it.
After 10 months i doubt you have any worries about bottle bombs now.

fatbloke
12-11-2013, 02:57 PM
So add stabilising chems (sorbate and sulphite), then cold crash or add finings to clear it, or what the hell, cold crash to drop as much yeast as you can then fine it.

As long as the gravity stays stable after a couple of weeks, then bottle away.......

Marshmallow Blue
12-11-2013, 03:00 PM
What fatbloke says.

Just stabilize it, add some bentonite for a week or so, and bottle away.

mannye
12-11-2013, 04:06 PM
Smells great, looks great and tastes great? The only problem I see here is a lack of consumption! Do what fatbloke said and get to drinking!

BrewMan12oz
12-12-2013, 11:03 PM
should i transfer to a secondary at any point in your process? if so, when? thank you!