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djsxxx
01-26-2016, 05:02 PM
It's been nearly two weeks since I started my first mead (a jaom type thing) and bubbling has pretty much come to a stop.

I have been reading these forums and came across the subject of degassing... ended up buying a food saver vacuum which I used to suck all the co2 out.

This has now made all the orange sink to the bottom, good stuff.

I plan on leaving it for another week to let the yeast clean itself up, after that I'll rack it.

Now, what's the deal with cold crashing? I've read that it helps the mead clear, so should I rack and then immediately stick it in the fridge?

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Squatchy
01-26-2016, 05:23 PM
Wait and see if it will clear on it's own for a while. Or, if your in a hurry you can cold crash it FIRST and after it clears in the fridge then rack it.

bmwr75
01-26-2016, 05:28 PM
Cold crashing helps the particulates settle out in the mead.

djsxxx
02-11-2016, 03:32 AM
So after a week in the fridge, I took the mead out, and within about 4 days it was crystal clear! Couldn't believe it

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mannye
02-11-2016, 09:01 AM
Dude. Relax. JAOM needs 100 days. You're cheating yourself of the amazing flavor this mead can achieve if you artificially rush it. I was EXACTLY like you when I started and was looking for the one month mead. Trouble is, while there are meads that are DRINKABLE at one month and even pretty darn good like BOMM, even BOMM gets so much better with aging that once you've done it, it's rarely acceptable to drink it before it's time. But that's cool. Everyone needs to go through the "hurry up...I want to drink my mead" phase. If you stick with it, you'll come around.

The solution is to have a LOT of mead bubbling away, clearing in secondary, aging in tertiary and bottled all at the same time. Then you don't feel the need to rush. Or make a batch of beer at the same time you make a batch of JAOM... you can drink the beer while you wait for the JAOM. :)

Mazer828
02-11-2016, 09:06 AM
Ya mon, fill de pipeline! Den you to appy complen bote ennyting!

mannye
02-11-2016, 09:17 AM
Di juice a fresh still.

djsxxx
02-11-2016, 02:01 PM
Haha I'm in no real rush to get this mead done. I was just initially curious as to cold crashing because I had seen it mention a couple times.

Any way, as my mead was clear I decided to bottle it. So now it's at the back of the cupboard where it'll stay few a good few months.

On to the next batch!

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mannye
02-11-2016, 07:23 PM
Haha I'm in no real rush to get this mead done. I was just initially curious as to cold crashing because I had seen it mention a couple times.

Any way, as my mead was clear I decided to bottle it. So now it's at the back of the cupboard where it'll stay few a good few months.

On to the next batch!

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Have you given it a taste? Good JAOM is sweet with an aroma so good only sourpusses don't like it.

djsxxx
02-12-2016, 04:05 AM
Have you given it a taste? Good JAOM is sweet with an aroma so good only sourpusses don't like it.
I have tasted it, and well it's ok... Wouldn't want more than a shot of it though. Just tastes of very alcoholic orange. The smell though, smells amazing! Can smell the honey coming through, just can't taste it yet.

This was my first batch so I don't expect it to taste great

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Maylar
02-12-2016, 02:24 PM
Time is your friend. Try it again in 4 months and it'll be much different.

mannye
02-14-2016, 02:17 AM
You need to give it at least 100 days or it tastes like goo gone.

mannye
09-12-2016, 01:20 PM
So? It hot better right?


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Ken2029
09-19-2016, 07:06 AM
You need to give it at least 100 days or it tastes like goo gone.

That's a good description. When you say 100 days, do you mean from pitch or from bottling?

mannye
09-19-2016, 11:03 AM
From pitch. It should drop clear and most if not all the fruit should be on the bottom at that time. Then the best thing to do is rack it into another 1 gallon carboy leaving as much of the sediment behind as you can, top it up with water and let it age for another few months under an airlock. It gets really good at one year.

But after the first 100 days it should be good enough to drink. This is why I started making 5 gallon batches. The one gallon never made it past the first month after I racked it. :)

At one year it starts to mellow and gets very smooth.


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djsxxx
09-19-2016, 11:58 AM
Didn't wait too long before drinking it... Got a little impatient.

However, I did put one bottle away which has yet to be opened. Going to crack it open on its year birthday :)

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mannye
09-19-2016, 03:29 PM
Most important is to be making more! Don't wait! Make it now! Tonight!


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djsxxx
09-19-2016, 03:31 PM
Already on it! Ramped up production a bit, got about 35L on the go :)

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