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    Hello everyone first off just want to say, I'm new to making mead and happy I found this site. My question is I racked my first 2 1gal batches of mead. It was only a one gallon so with that said I didn't have much wiggle room for my tube. When I transferred the mead some of the dead yeast got transferred over to the next carboy will this hurt my mead? Or will it be ok until I rack again or should I re rack it to get all the dead yeast out?

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    Did you just pick up a little of the yeast and lot a whole lot? Second question would be what yeast did you use?
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    enough to wear a see a thin layer at the bottem of the new carboy I used
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    Yeah, shouldn't be much to worry about, extended aging on a small amount of that yeast shouldn't harm the mead.
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    Yes, that is no problem & you can leave it until the next time you rack. Do you have it topped up?
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    I have a airlock on yes, if that is what you mean by topped off.

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    By "topped up" I am referring to eliminating the air space in the container.
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    no the level is below the neck should I ad honey or water to bring the level's up?

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    With topping up, water thins the brew fractionally, honey will sweeten if the batch is stabilised but can start refermenting if not, vodka will thin but also can increase the "alcohol hot" taste if its present as well as making it taste a bit dryer.

    If possible, its best to use a similar batch or a traditional one, as that has the lesser effect on the original recipe, or of course, if you have access to CO2 you can blanket the batch which has little final effect, prevents air/O2/oxidation etc.

    So its really your choice and what you have access too easily.

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    ok thanks next time I make mead I will make extra for topping off. I'm going to have to go with the water for these 2 batches.

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    My preferred method for topping off is sanitized marbles. I have a collection of about 3 gallons of marbles for various fermenters. This way I am able to top off without affecting the recipe at all.
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