View Full Version : First rack success! but still a few ?'s

04-02-2006, 10:54 PM
So I ended up racking my first time tonight. I think it went pretty well. I started with a sg of 1.110 on 3/16 and my sg tonight was 1.018. I found a beer calculator that said that it should be around 12.26 abv from that drop in sg. Is that pretty accurate?

I added a bag of cinnamon sticks and a sliced up vanilla bean in a fiber bag. It is floating, should I worry about that? I want the flavor to infuse into the mead but it seems like it won't get distributed while floating. Also how long should I leave it in? Is there a "too long" with leaving these in?

I tasted the stuff I used in the sg tube afterwards and it was very strong. It seemed a little yeast like but pretty decent. It was a little bubbly too but well on its way.

04-03-2006, 11:43 AM
How long you leave the spices in is based on how much taste you want from them. Not a great answer but I would continue to taste your batch every few days until it has the flavor you want then pull them out...

Good luck,