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floridian
02-11-2014, 10:41 PM
Hey Everyone, I've had this batch of traditional clover/wildflower mead fermenting/aging for 3 months now(3 months and still the water level on the pressure cap changes every time I look at it-Does this mean its still fermenting?). Second question is it still looks relatively cloudy even after the racking.
Here's My recipe: (3 gallon batch) aging for just over 3 months now
Brew Date: 11/06/2013
Walmart Honey GRADE A(unfortunately processed): 5lb 12oz
Wildflower Honey(organic and raw): 3lbs
1 packet of Lalvin Yeast EC-1118

Gravity after first Racking: .990(tasted dry, very smooth, didn't taste the alcohol but it hit you and you could smell/taste it on your breath)
-apologies in advance I didn't take a gravity reading in the beginning due to the fact that I didn't have a hydrometer.

Any input on what needs to be done? Or should I do nothing at all?

floridian
02-11-2014, 10:53 PM
The Darker one is the present image of the mead, the lighter one is after I first racked it.
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/Cplummer1/christopher779.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/Cplummer1/media/christopher779.jpg.html)
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/Cplummer1/christopher537.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/Cplummer1/media/christopher537.jpg.html)

mannye
02-11-2014, 11:16 PM
.990 is probably finished or very close. You racked off the gross lees already, so you're in good shape. You may want to rack it into something smaller or somehow reduce the amount of headspace so you can bulk age it and allow it to clear.

Alternatively, if you're like me and you like what you're tasting, put one gallon away for a long age under an airlock then hit the rest with Super Kleer and start boozing like a boozy boozehound!

floridian
02-12-2014, 12:17 AM
Whats super clear? and how much should I use?

Also, how do I calculate the alc %? my hydrometer reads 0...

fatbloke
02-12-2014, 03:00 AM
Whats super clear? and how much should I use?

Also, how do I calculate the alc %? my hydrometer reads 0...
I understand its 2 part finings. We don't have the same product here but there is an equivalent - you just follow the pack instructions generally and it drops any sediment in a matter of days.

for your strength calc, usually you need start and finish gravity, the difference/drop will convert directly to a % ABV........

GntlKnigt1
02-12-2014, 04:11 AM
I use super clear. It's a liquid....actually 2 liquids.... used to clarify wine and mead. Instructions on the packet, but you 1 package is good for a 5 gallon batch. You add 1 liquid from half the pack, and an hour or so later, add the second half. Results usually in a day or 2, although I had one batch of fresh fruit plum wine that it took a couple weeks to clarify.

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/super-kleer-kc-finings.html

floridian
02-12-2014, 03:09 PM
Will it do anything to the taste or flavor?

GntlKnigt1
02-12-2014, 03:12 PM
Ive never noticed a change in flavor....havent heard of any reports from anyone else.... But everyones taste is different.

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floridian
02-12-2014, 03:36 PM
Alright cool, thanks guys!

mannye
02-14-2014, 11:36 AM
Super Kleer is the best thing since glass carboys. It didn't change the flavor at all. I wait about a week (which is 4 days because I can't stand it!) and then rack and filter. You can skip the filter though. It is VERY clear after a few days.


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floridian
02-19-2014, 05:39 PM
How do you filter your mead?

GntlKnigt1
02-19-2014, 06:17 PM
I don't ....neither do most meaf makers.....there are a few exceptions.

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GntlKnigt1
02-19-2014, 06:19 PM
The Darker one is the present image of the mead, the lighter one is after I first racked it.
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/Cplummer1/christopher779.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/Cplummer1/media/christopher779.jpg.html)
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/Cplummer1/christopher537.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/Cplummer1/media/christopher537.jpg.html)








I don't ....neither do most mead makers.....there are a few exceptions.

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mannye
02-19-2014, 06:38 PM
Yep. I am one of those exceptions. I filter with a Vinbrite at the moment but I also have my old beer filter setup that uses a canister and a plate filter. Those others are waiting to be activated once the brew room is complete.


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floridian
02-19-2014, 09:25 PM
Gotcha, one last beginner question here...I just racked off the mead after adding the super clear and letting it sit for several days, and accidentally sucked up some of the sediment...was crystal clear but now its cloudy again. Do the super clear chemicals stay active in the brew? How long do you have to wait on avg?

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/Cplummer1/Mobile%20Uploads/20140219_165607.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/Cplummer1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140219_165607.jpg.html)
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/Cplummer1/Mobile%20Uploads/20140219_203113.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/Cplummer1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140219_203113.jpg.html)

floridian
02-19-2014, 09:32 PM
Or better yet are there any tricks to getting that silt to settle back down faster?

GntlKnigt1
02-20-2014, 03:58 AM
Usually patience, with a dash of time will get that to settle out again. Should only be a day or 2...4 at most.

mannye
02-20-2014, 10:51 AM
If you have super Kleer in there, what he said. Relax. Next time don't be so greedy. The mead gods punish you for getting too close to the lees like a reverse Icarus.


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smertz001
02-20-2014, 12:07 PM
If you have super Kleer in there, what he said. Relax. Next time don't be so greedy. The mead gods punish you for getting too close to the lees like a reverse Icarus.

I say, be as greedy as you want! But stop racking into the main carboy before you hit the lees, and put the rest into a soda bottled, so the lees settles down into the feet of it, and you can rack it out again easily not disturbing too much of it!

floridian
02-20-2014, 03:15 PM
Thanks guys! I was so pissed at myself once I had disturbed the lees...I need to get a better auto siphon clip to hold it in place during racking.

mmclean
02-20-2014, 04:46 PM
I say, be as greedy as you want! But stop racking into the main carboy before you hit the lees, and put the rest into a soda bottled, so the lees settles down into the feet of it, and you can rack it out again easily not disturbing too much of it!

I agree. I make extra and have a gallon and/or a few quarts I use to top off.

EJM3
02-22-2014, 12:12 AM
I say, be as greedy as you want! But stop racking into the main carboy before you hit the lees, and put the rest into a soda bottled, so the lees settles down into the feet of it, and you can rack it out again easily not disturbing too much of it!

That is such a fantastic idea!!! Thanks for the sharing!!

fatbloke
02-22-2014, 07:00 AM
That is such a fantastic idea!!! Thanks for the sharing!!
I cut the top off a pop/soda bottle first, then re-inforce it with some duct tape, so it's easier to lift it out the fridge after a day or so without disturbing any sediment that has dropped into the feet, plus the mold nipple makes a fine level to rack down too and only the sediment and liquid should get left in the feet. Equally, once I've racked to the bottle, I also just cover it with cling wrap plastic before putting it into the fridge.....

It does take a bit of practice, but it's a handy way of reducing racking losses....

mannye
02-22-2014, 06:56 PM
I cut the top off a pop/soda bottle first, then re-inforce it with some duct tape, so it's easier to lift it out the fridge after a day or so without disturbing any sediment that has dropped into the feet, plus the mold nipple makes a fine level to rack down too and only the sediment and liquid should get left in the feet. Equally, once I've racked to the bottle, I also just cover it with cling wrap plastic before putting it into the fridge.....

It does take a bit of practice, but it's a handy way of reducing racking losses....


Could you possibly take a picture of that contraption? My mind's eye is having problems picturing how you cut the bottle.



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GntlKnigt1
02-23-2014, 03:45 AM
Need brain glasses Manny? Grin

mannye
02-25-2014, 05:16 PM
Need brain glasses Manny? Grin


Yes! My diet has me devoid of any alcoholic beverage for the next 40 days. My brain is starting to tire from all the parts getting back to full operation. ;)


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GntlKnigt1
02-25-2014, 06:48 PM
Well....just think how robust you will feel....go to the gym...ear carrots and celery.....abandon all those nasty habits....just for 40 days and 40 nights....then, throw w hell of a party and go back to the old ways...LOL

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mannye
02-25-2014, 09:19 PM
Well....just think how robust you will feel....go to the gym...ear carrots and celery.....abandon all those nasty habits....just for 40 days and 40 nights....then, throw w hell of a party and go back to the old ways...LOL

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Oh you know it. I'm celebrating with a weekend in New Orleans. That should get me back in fighting trim (which is round).

GntlKnigt1
02-26-2014, 06:33 PM
Hurricane mannye....the place will never be the same.....

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