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Old 08-12-2014, 07:27 AM   #11
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Nice! looks similar to my setup. Just watch the orange peel. I did a spiced mead with similar spices (secondary now), but the orange peel is rather overpowering.

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Old 08-12-2014, 03:32 PM   #12
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Thanks, I will keep that in mind! I love a good orange flavor, I actually used a vegetable peeler so the zest remained in larger pieces, so hopefully that works out. I would assume after I rack to secondary it should have 4-5 months to mellow out slightly, the 1 gallon batch should be stronger than the 5 gallon batch since they both contain a whole Florida naval orange (by far the sweetest).

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Old 08-18-2014, 06:29 AM   #13
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Well my 5 gallon batch is still bubbling great, but the 1 gallon batch has basically stopped (can still see small bubbles rising in the mixture, but nothing in the bubbler), does that seem way too fast for just a week and should I plan to rack to a secondary soon?

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Old 08-18-2014, 06:13 PM   #14
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Looking at your photos I have a concern that there may be too much headroom in the carboy and jug. Others may disagree (and I know my LHBS owner looks at me when I suggest that he underfills his carboys, but IMO, if you really intend to age your mead for 7 months or more then you want the top of the mead to be just inside the mouth of the carboy so that thee is virtually no headroom for air to act on the mead to oxidize it.
Now, I know that with some very high ABV meads folk talk about aging the mead for decades rather than years or months and that suggests that there is little fear that mead oxidizes easily but I am a skeptic in the bone and I would suggest that you may want to rack the mead into a smaller carboy so that it is filled full and store the remainder in still smaller vessels (gallon or half gallon or 1/3 or 1/4 gallon containers)

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Old 08-18-2014, 06:45 PM   #15
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I filled both up to the 5 gallon and 1 gallon markers, wouldn't adding more dilute the recipe? I can always add more water to the tops and stir, but other members warned about overflow into the bubbler. I don't have any smaller containers on hand or the required space to store them, since we currently live in a small apartment while looking for a house. I have a larger 6 gallon glass carboy I was planning to transfer the 5 gallon batch to for stage 2, will this make it even worse or should I transfer just long enough to clean and sanitize the 5 gallon carboy then siphon back?

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Old 08-28-2014, 10:17 PM   #16
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Well I added a ½ tsp of nutrients to the 1 gallon batch about 10 days ago, this made it very active for a week but has really stopped in the last few days. It's now pretty light in color and only producing about 1 bubble a minute in the bubbler, there is a lot of sediment at the bottom of the jug as well. Should I leave it be for another week then move to secondary or plan to do that this weekend?

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Old 09-02-2014, 10:20 PM   #17
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I went ahead and racked the 1 gallon batch to a fresh jug, it was close to a bubble every few minutes, took a quick gravity reading and it is at 1.002 which should put it around 12.21% alcohol so far.

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