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    Thanks for the feedback, CG. I appreciate the time you take to respond to my newbee questions. Be thankful that work gets in the way of your mead making...I'm somewhat afraid my business may not make it, I probably could've made it OK with about a half billion dollar bail-out (I gotta keep on grinning...), I guess. Oh well,...

    I racked the mead into a carboy Saturday night. I'm going to give it a week or two to settle out and then rack it again and stabilize it. Maybe the taste will not have changed too much. If it has fermented too dry by then, I guess I get to learn how to backsweeten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intheswamp View Post
    Thanks for the feedback, CG. I appreciate the time you take to respond to my newbee questions. Be thankful that work gets in the way of your mead making...I'm somewhat afraid my business may not make it, I probably could've made it OK with about a half billion dollar bail-out
    I think if you CAN'T make a business work with half a billion dollar bail-out, you're doing something seriously wrong! It's not terribly exciting work, I've essentially gone back to the job I had when I was a teenager, mucking out horse stalls, and doing some carpentry and repairs around the barn. But hey, it paid my horse's board and my last car repair Good luck with your business. Times are tough all over.

    Backsweetening's not hard. I've only done it a couple of times though, I keep either step-feeding till it stops on its own where I want it, or hoping I'll come to like the drier stuff...
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

  3. #43

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    Yelp, a half a billion would come in pretty handy...some folks got filthy rich and then skipped out on the taxpayers.

    I'll check the mead again, probably tomorrow night and see if the gravity has moved any. I think I'd rather go ahead and get it stopped at a sweetness level now so that I don't spend a lot of time letting it clear and then possibly create a haze in it by backsweetening it later. Does that make sense?

    Ed
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    Yeah, just be aware as mentioned in the other thread that hitting it with chemicals is not a sure thing if it's still fermenting.
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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    Krausen...I hope.
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    Not Krausen, but normal anyway. Gently rock the carboy back and forth, it will dissipate, removing a surface for potential spoilage organisms to take root.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icedmetal View Post
    Not Krausen, but normal anyway. Gently rock the carboy back and forth, it will dissipate, removing a surface for potential spoilage organisms to take root.
    Thanks icedmetal. I'll go give it a swirl now.

    Ed
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    I second that, a lot of my batches get that... I don't get concerned unless it's something that takes over the whole surface.
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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    Ok, I swirled it the other day but it came back a couple of days later.

    I've also got about a half a liter of "overage" in a 1-liter pet drink bottle (squeezed to reduce headspace) sittnig beside the carboy for topping off later. It also acquires this white ring. If I pick the drink bottle up to look at it the white ring is disturbed and a very light "cloud" can be seen from where it was disturbed. There is no air lock activity on the carboy...I'm wondering if I have an air leak as both sides of the "S" lock are level with each other which tells me there is no positive pressure inside the carboy. Everything is looking good and smelling good, though...and hopefully soon I'll find that it's still tasting good! I'll just keep giving it a swirl all along.

    Ed
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    I figure it's mostly yeast or proteins that have caught a little co2 and hitched a ride to the surface. Quite common in my batches, and the only worry it gives me is over it providing a surface where spoilage organisms might take hold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intheswamp View Post
    Ok, I swirled it the other day but it came back a couple of days later.
    Yep, it does that...
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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    I'm beginning to think I may have a leak in my air lock. When I swirl the carboy I can see micro-bubbles moving toward the surface of the mead and the the mead side of the S air lock lowers while the air side raises. This change in liquid level only lasts for a couple of minutes, though. It is like the pressure builds for a few moments but then slowly dissipates without creating an air bubble to escape through the air lock.

    Something else that I'm seeing are small white specks or flakes in a size range from fine to coarse black pepper. I'm seeng these flakes or specks close to the surface of the mead when I swirl it. The micro bubbles mentioned earlier seems to stir them up. I don't know if these specks are coming from the sediment ring in the neck of the carboy or from where...but most importantly I don't know if this is a bad thing or not.

    I haven't tested the mead since I racked it from the fermentation bucket to the carboy but will probably check the pH and gravity this weekend (or not, if anybody thinks there is no need to).

    Ed
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    Sounds like you do indeed have an imperfect seal on your airlock.

    With respect to the other bits floating around, it could just be coagulating yeast or gross lees that haven't settled out yet.

    Check your SG and if you think it's done fermenting enough and you're concerned, hit it with metabisulphite.

    I sometimes get this flaky stuff on some of my batches, I'm told it may be a brettanomyces (sp?) infection but some people innoculate their brews with it intentionally, but I've never had it happen in anything that was still fermenting, only stuff that was aging.
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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    I definitely had an air leak somewhere. I was using one of those orange carboy caps with the two holes in it. I DON'T LIKE THEM!!! I had bought two of them and I saw a pin-hole in one as I started to use it...small indentation showed on the shiney outside surface and on the inside was a hole where apparently a small bubble had been. I set it to the side and used the second one. To the best of my knowledge it never held pressure...evening after wrapping the bottom edge of it and the neck of the carboy in plastic food wrap.

    Today I replaced the "cap" with one of the hollow-type stoppers. I sanitized it and the air lock and put them together. I santitized again and set on and under some paper towels to dry. I pushed and twisted the stopper into the mouth of the carboy. Topped it off with some water and vodka. And gave the carboy a slight swirl and......BUBBLES. Yelp, that orange cap had been leaking *somewhere*.

    I did not do any testing. I figured I'd wait another week or so...what's the hurry, eh? At least I got the air leak fixed.

    Ed
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    Ok, the white ring has more or less gone now. I'm still swirling the mead a little bit twice a day and it is releasing co2 (at least I guess that's what it is). The "white specks" that I mentioned earlier are still present some but I've decided that they're weird air bubbles that dissipate once at the surface of the mead. Here is a short 37 second long video of the bubbles coming to the surface after a swirling of the carboy...there's a couple of the "white specks" in it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj4LR1EEnFU

    Ed
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    For folks that really don't have anything to do here's another video of bubbles in the mead. This one is 1:32 minutes long and shows some larger "white specks". But even these big specks break up at the surface and dissappear....odd. It's kinda mesmerizing to watch. Note that you can see what appears to be bubbles going "down" rather than up...an optical illusion?...I can see this "illusion" in real-time without a camera...this is odd, too. At about the 50-second mark the carboy gets another swirl to re-invigorate the bubbles and specks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl0gNCdD4yQ

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    ...pining away for the old lava lamp?
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    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevette Girl View Post
    ...pining away for the old lava lamp?
    "We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism."..."The press is our chief ideological weapon." - Nikita Khrushchev

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    Well, I'm not sure about those "white specks" that I've been seeing. I'm not sure whether they are air bubbles or "something else". The white ring is back to forming around the sides of the neck. A simple swirl and the white ring is gone in a cloud of fine sediment.


    This is about 1/2 liter in a 1-liter PET drink bottle (that I've compressed in size to get rid of some headspace). This is overage of what was racked into the carboy. It has about as much of the "white stuff" as I've seen in this bottle. There is an interesting looking patch of it in the center of the surface, but like the larger carboy a simple swirl will disperse this stuff into a thin cloud of sediment.


    It smells pretty good....definitely doesn't smell bad.

    Is this just regular yeast/sediment/protein/mystery-stuff or...?

    Ed
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    Ok, let's get an understanding here...I've had maybe 2 or 3 drinks over the last 3 or 4 (or 5?) years. Anyhow, call me a wimp or whatever but I've got a buzz off the test tube of the traditional mead. Before messing with the traditional I bottled 7+ bottles of my JAOM to start with this evening (my first bottling job). I checked the gravity on it and it's something like 1.040. It's a bit bitter to me, but I was sampling the "dusty" +bottle...I'll let it age for a while...bottled in 12oz beer bottles.

    I checked the traditional batch tonight...the one I've been worried about. I thieved a test tube full. The pH is off the scale high according to my test strips...I'm wondering if something is weird with the strips but they respond quickly to vinegar. Anyhow, the gravity I'm reading at 1.008...my hydrometer is off .002....the OG was 1.108 The taste is...like a heavy wine or something:cross:...kinda reminds me of some moonshine I've got that an old gentleman that used to run with my granddaddy made....both are dead now and the shine is now over 25 years old. The moonshine didn't kill'em. The mead doesn't taste as high alcohol as the shine or anything but I seem to sense a grain taste in the mead but their ain't no grain in it. I guess it's kinda of a hybrid between a white wine and some low alcohol moonshine. It's good, has a bit of an edge to it, will mellow out, will get you drunk I believe given a chance.

    Anyhow, I could sense kind of a hot alcohol with my nose (it's going on 2 months old so it ain't exactly grown yet). I'd drink some and thinik to my self....myself, this don't taste bad at all and wrinkle my nose just a touch. If age does what folks say it does then I think this will be pretty doggone good. :tank: I'm sitting here looking at the now empty glass (3rd one) kinda wishing I had a little more but I've done topped off the carboy and sealed'er back up...probably a good think. Gee, at test tube amounts this 3-gallon batch oughta last me a long time!

    So, did someone say something about white speck, speckles, er specklers, uh, Mr. Spock...tell Scotty to beam me up!!

    Ed

    Be sure and look at this one...look at the line of bubbles right under the "1"...


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