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10-11-2011, 06:11 PM
what is the advantage to racking off to other containers? wouldn't it clear in the one you started with?

10-11-2011, 06:24 PM
It's to get it off the lees. If you left it, the dead yeast would break down, contributing flavors to your mead that may not be desirable.

10-11-2011, 11:02 PM
To expand on that - depends on the style, and on how you did your primary. One major reason is to move from a vessel with lots of headspace to one with very little, both for obvious reasons. The second is again to get off the lees to avoid lees character from becoming overwhelming (though some people love it in certain styles and different kinds of yeast are better or in some cases much worse for lees aging). BUT in anything other than a traditional, those lees contain a lot more than just dead yeast, so getting off of lees that contain fruit matter for example is very important, because those can give you serious off characters as they break down.

Also, the simple act of racking does speed clearing, through small amounts of O2 being intoduced (binds with some things and they drop out), as well as how it mixes up the whole batch, which I presume also causes some binding and dropping to accellerate.

10-12-2011, 02:58 PM
that sounds like a reasonable explanation.