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Achtlaut
02-07-2016, 09:22 AM
Long story short, I went a little crazy, made 7 different batches, and used all of my carboys and jars so now I have nothing to rack some of the batches into. So since I have nothing to rack two batches I made on 21jan (3 liter batch with 3lb orange blossom with ec 1118, and 1gal with 3lb orange blossom with d47), will I have issues leaving these to finish fermentation in the current carboys? What should I do? Thank you

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bmwr75
02-07-2016, 09:54 AM
Buy more carboys.

Squatchy
02-07-2016, 11:46 AM
Just rack off the lees into a bucket or pot. Dump out your carboy, rinse it and then put your Mead back into it. Don't be in a hurry to rack it. It does a mead good to let the yeast work a little longer. Unless you have caused them to die of alcohol poisoning, they will clean up some of the byproducts left from fermentation. You will do well to stir up your batches every other day to keep stuff up in suspension for a few more weeks. Then rack. No reason to be so hasty, Especially considering that a couple weeks is nothing in the amount of time you will need to wait for it. I imagine the extra time you leave it before racking will be saved on the back end.