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Old 12-26-2012, 10:48 AM   #11
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Is bentonite the clay stuff. I'll maybe check it out. There is no rush for it as the heather honey was not cheap so i'm no wasting it by drinking it young but i'm surprised other meads I made at the same time were getting passed round the family yesterday Christal clear, and the heather honey is still thick. I think it is suspended yeast as there is not much of a cake. I racked it and really there was not allot to rack off. my only way to cold crash it would be in the cold frame in the garden. Once this rain goes and we get a nice frost again.

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:53 PM   #12
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Yes that's exactly what it is. It has a number of uses in industry as well hence if you had time to hunt for it you could get it much cheaper than small pots from the HBS.....

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Old 12-28-2012, 12:06 AM   #13
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If you do source the bentonite elsewhere just make sure it is food grade. I do not know if it is easily found outside of N.Amerixa, though kaolin clay would be an alternative.

Chitosan is derived from shellfish, typically the actual shells.
Kielesol is a silica gel fining agent. Chitosan-kielosol is a combo commonly marketed as SuperKleer. May want to check http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/finishin.asp as this partcular link sends you to a page which provides a good overview of the various fining options along with cold stabilization, plus Keller's website is a nice resource.

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