Well, I wasn't a fan of the apfelwein anyway, I made a batch, drank it, and haven't made any others. I've never made mead, nor have I ever filtered my beers, so I won't be a good source of information on that front. There is a mead forum here where you might find more answers...
This section "general chit chat" is less about the hobby and more about tv shows, motorcycles, anything to link common thoughts/other hobbies.
Many many forums here, so you WILL find your answer...eventually.
Welcome, best of luck with your meads !