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Old 08-31-2011, 05:29 AM   #1
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Hi All, I'm a new meadmaker and this is my first time making mead.
I really confuse about "aging" process now I have one batch of Blackberry Melomel in the secondary fermentation and it's almost 1 month in the secondary. It's a bit clear and I think it will be more clear by the next rack.
So I wonder if I rack it to the third jug and I plan to leave it like that more than 3 months maybe longer in the room temperature (28-32 C.), can we call that aging? That's the thing I really want to know.

*It's 5 litre batch size and taste quite good after racked from primary.

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Old 08-31-2011, 05:34 PM   #2
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Generally, I count aging when it's clear and after you rack it to another container and end up with no sediment after a week or so. Then is when I count for bulk aging. Usually, I am shy on carboy space for new batches so I end up waiting a month with no sediment and then bottling. Then let age in the bottle for 6-8 months, some for a full year. I typically wont open up a single bottle unless it has had at least 8 months aging time. At that time, I consider the mead still "Green" and barely drinkable.

If your bulk aging, I would simply rack over and then check it in a month. If no sediment or a very little dusting, then consider that the start of aging. There is no perfect recipie for aging, each Mead needs it's own time. Be patient. Or in my case since I bottle age, Lazy. You see, I bottle it and date it and mark what it is, then forget about it as I move on to new projects. Keeping a Brew Log is also what I do, so I can check on it later.

Oh, don't get me wrong I do anticipate good brew but it is important to just let it age. Mead gets better with age. I have never had a Mead take less than 6 months to age. That one was a heavy citrus one and even that benifited by longer aging.

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Old 09-01-2011, 01:56 AM   #3
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Thanks Matrix!!
So I will rack it for sure to another demijohn I prepare soon and see how much sediment left behind.

Cheers!!!

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