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Old 10-29-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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I was wondering what methods experienced mead makers use for topping off their carboys after racking ....
I have been using water but my wife complains that I am ruining the mead by "watering it down".
What other methods do people use?

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Old 10-29-2009, 01:46 PM   #2
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I've read that you can use sterilized marbles. I need to look into getting some myself. I'm gonn need a lot of marble, hopefully I don't lose them either.

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Old 10-29-2009, 01:55 PM   #3
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I was wondering what methods experienced mead makers use for topping off their carboys after racking ....
I have been using water but my wife complains that I am ruining the mead by "watering it down".
What other methods do people use?
I make 5.5/6g batches so that they fit very nicely in my 5g secondary. No top up needed.
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I use 6 gallon carboys ..... also, when I rack a second or third time, I lose volume ... how do I make that up? Or do I just assume that the CO2 produced will fill the void and buffer the mead from oxidation?

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If you're using 6g carboys for both primary and secondary, then you'll probably need to look at another way.

You could flush the carboy with co2 to fill some of the void, or probably look at topping up with water or a water/honey mix.

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Adding crushed campden tablets during racking should also aid in preventing oxidation if there is a little too much head space.

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I haven't done it myself, but I've read about folks that will make an extra gallon and put that in a 1 gallon jug with an airlock. Then when they rack their carboy, they top up from the smaller jug.

+1 on a smaller secondary though.

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I've heard using marbles are pretty popular..but I actually prefer to heat up a little water and mix in some honey, and top up with honey water.

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I have done that but I am concerned that I am triggering another bout of fermentation ...

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Stabilize and use the top-up as a little bit of backsweetening.

I ferment in a bucket and make sure I've got plenty to get up into the neck of the BetterBottle. When I rack, I normally have to add under 4oz of fluid to get back to that level. So I've never much cared about fermentation taking off again. It will ferment out what I've added, but at that small amount, the yeast in suspension will do it. It will prolong clearing a little. But not much.

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