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Old 07-03-2014, 05:01 PM   #11
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Well just to be clear, like Yooper said, don't rack until it's finished. Then stabilize in the new vessel.

As far as Head-space. Once fermentation is done, you can fill carboys pretty much right to the top as they won't be producing foam anymore. So three 1 gallon carboys filled up to the necks, minus the less slurry at the bottom of primary, and I doubt you'd be losing much mead at all (or you can store the leftovers in something even smaller like a growler or half growler).
Since the mead may very well need to be racked again, especially after adding more fermentables, another carboy (or three as marshmellowblue suggested) is really important to have.

It's important to reduce headspace, once active fermentation ends, so something smaller is needed in the long term.

You could use a three gallon carboy, and a 1 gallon carboy, for example.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:03 PM   #12
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That makes sense so we can leave it in the pail until it is completely finished.. Then rack to carboy. Part I'm still confused about is if I'm going to stabilize it when I put it in the carboy, I figure I can easily fill up that extra gallon with sweetener. Therefore five gallon carboy still ok?

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That makes sense so we can leave it in the pail until it is completely finished.. Then rack to carboy. Part I'm still confused about is if I'm going to stabilize it when I put it in the carboy, I figure I can easily fill up that extra gallon with sweetener. Therefore five gallon carboy still ok?
You don't want to stabilize until the mead is completely clear, and no longer dropping ANY lees at all. That won't happen in the pail, as there will be tons of yeast in the lees in the pail.

It needs to go at least 30 days or so in a carboy, so you can see if you have any lees at all, and it must be crystal clear, or the stabilizers (which inhibit yeast reproduction) won't "work".
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Ok I decided to bite the bullet and get the marbles I'll do the transfer to the carboy then wait for that to clear.. Then once it does I transfer to a third this time add the stabilizer then at that time I'll back sweeten

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