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Steed
12-08-2015, 05:41 AM
the gravity is 1.000 after only 14 days.
should i bottle it?
"mead of meath"
heather tips, elderflowers, honey, irish moss, oak chips.
1.100 original gravity

fatbloke
12-08-2015, 06:47 AM
Easier to clear it first as removing sediment from bottles is a big PITA.

Plus there's some space.for it to drop lower........

pwizard
12-08-2015, 08:36 AM
Personally, I'd rack it into another carboy for another month or so since there's no way your fermentation is done yet. When it begins to clear and there's an inch or so of crud on the bottom, that's when you should think about racking into tertiary aging or bottling.

bmwr75
12-08-2015, 09:58 AM
I've had 6 gallon wine batches ferment to 1.000 in 4 days. My 1 gallon mead batches routinely reach 1.000 in 10 days. As others have said, I'd rack it and let it settle out for a month or so.

Marshmallow Blue
12-08-2015, 10:12 AM
I've had 6 gallon wine batches ferment to 1.000 in 4 days. My 1 gallon mead batches routinely reach 1.000 in 10 days. As others have said, I'd rack it and let it settle out for a month or so.

I'd follow the first part of this post, but wouldn't put a timeline on how much longer it should sit in a secondary. It should sit there until it's very very clear, and not a moment sooner (unless a significant amount of lees build up in secondary).

Steed
12-08-2015, 07:00 PM
i have it in bottles; i am going to wash the carboy and switch them over to the carboy tonight. i am going to filter it with cheese cloth when i transfer it.

fatbloke
12-09-2015, 12:32 AM
i have it in bottles; i am going to wash the carboy and switch them over to the carboy tonight. i am going to filter it with cheese cloth when i transfer it.
For wine sediments, filtering like that is next to useless. The sediments are far too fine (some would catch, but not enough to be of much use while the potential downsides are many).

Filter elements are measured in microns.........

pwizard
12-09-2015, 08:37 PM
Just let the lees settle out and rack off of them when there's enough accumulation to make it worthwhile (just don't let it sit on the lees for too long if you're using 71B) . There's no need to actively filter. Every time I rack a batch, my clarity gets a considerable boost as soon as a day or two later.