View Full Version : Should I Rack Now or Later????????

09-07-2014, 08:41 PM
Two weeks ago I started my first two gallon batch. My recipe consisted of 6 lbs. of Orange Blossom Honey, 1.6 gallons of distilled water, 1/2 cinnamon stick, 1 clove and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. My initial S.G. was 1.11 and I subsequently pitched 71B-1122 with half the recommended dose of just fermaid O. My air lock showed an activity of bubbles separated by 3-5 seconds.

On day #4 I aerated my must and added the second portion of the fermaid. Two weeks later, today, my airlock shows activity on an average of 9-10 seconds between bubbles. I took a S.G. reading and it equalled 1.060. I am striving for a medium mead with a S.G. of approximately 1.010. I've read in one source that the first rack should take place after 2 weeks; the newbee guide of this forum recommends waiting 'til time between bubbles reaches 30 seconds. When should I rack?

09-07-2014, 09:02 PM
I usually wait till fermentation is complete before rackin, but I do know you can rack before fermentation is complete ( making a wine kit right now that asked me to rack at 1.04-.05) but is rather just rack once or twice rather than 2 or 3 or more times - lazy ahahahaha

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Medsen Fey
09-08-2014, 06:10 AM
Your fermentation seems to be going slow. What temperature are you maintaining? How much Fermaid O did you use? Can you measure the pH?

09-08-2014, 01:02 PM
Thanks for the responses. My temps range from 70-72. I used 1/2 teaspoon of fermaid O initially then another 1/2 teaspoon. I do not have a device to measure pH. I can get one if you believe that it will help.

Medsen Fey
09-08-2014, 02:08 PM
Well your yeast are probably hungry, and your pH may be too low. I'd give it more Fermaid O. Using tsp per gallon gives you about 35 ppm YAN. Things would probably work better with 100 ppm at minimum. I'd add 2 tsp of Fermaid O (dissolved in a little warm water). This will also work to shift your pH up.

09-08-2014, 07:15 PM
I will try that. Thanks for your help.