I recently racked my first mead (a JAO) out of the original container at 6 weeks (I know, voided warranty and all ). I racked part of it (750 mL) into a separate container with a few handfuls of blueberries, and I'm wondering how long I should leave them there... everything I've read says a week or two, but this is also a much smaller quantity than a gallon or 5 gallon batch so I didn't know if I should scale the time down as well? I figure i'll taste every couple days to make sure it's still doing okay and not rotting/tasting like vegetables, and remove them at a week, unless I can leave them longer for stronger berry flavour.
Unfortunately, I forgot to put them in some kid of bag, so they're suspended in the mead and I'll probably end up losing some... will it be safe simply to run it through a strainer a few times and leave a lil bit of blueberry stuff in there? Or would the pulp just rot and ruin the mead?
Thanks for the help!