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Old 04-21-2008, 02:38 PM   #1
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Default Meads not clearing.

Both of the meads that I have are still very cloudy and the fermentation seems to have stopped.

The first mead I started on 01/14/08 and havent seen any activity since 02/25/08. The current SG is 1.064

The second mead is my leap year mead and I moved that to the secondary on 04/05/08.

I had a gallon Ancient Joe's that I just bottled and it was very clear.

I am at a loss and need help again.

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Old 04-21-2008, 02:40 PM   #2
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Well, if your sg is 1.064, that's a long way from finished. It won't clear until it's finished.

For the second one, that's a really young mead as well, too. I wouldn't worry about it not clearing for another 4 months or so.

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Old 04-21-2008, 03:31 PM   #3
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I'm glad to hear we should not worry, I have been wondering about my leap year. It is not even beginning to clear, but a few other 1 gallon batches have cleared out nicely since then. I wonder if the Leap Year Mead needs some more nutrient, or even a complete Re-Pitch?
I know that Honey is very slow to ferment, so I am not too worried.

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Old 04-21-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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Default Ok, more Patience! lol!

I had the same feeling BK. I had a couple clear up real nice. Need to just relax I guess..

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Old 04-21-2008, 10:21 PM   #5
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My Leap Day mead has been clear for weeks...

I've had Charlie Ps Prickly Pear Mead in a secondary for almost a year and it's not clear either...past due time for bottling...

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Old 04-22-2008, 12:43 AM   #6
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for those whose meads have not cleared you could try sparkeloid or bentonite. They work very well for those meads or wines that just wont clear. I have had great success with them.

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SuperKleer works great also, never had it fail me yet. If the SG is not dropping then i would add some nutrient and possibly some energizer also.

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Old 05-02-2008, 11:15 PM   #8
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Hey Don,

I'm new to the list but have been mazing for a long time.

We know from the Icelandic Sagas that mead was generally drank soon after it was clarifed, and the overall impression I get is that they didn't wait long for that.

Also from discriptions and when a batch was started I suspect freeze distillation may have come into play which can hasten clarification

In an attempt to recreate I pay little heed to gravity although there are discriptions of using eggs for hydrometers from the 14th century.

If you want to rush the process you can shock the gravity by adding sterile water usually that'll cause the lees to settle out within a week

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I'm not sure why one would would think that there is a potential problem if their meads do not clear within a few months ..... Depending on the yeast strain I'm using, I will go a minimum of 2 months before racking for the first time, and in the case of some of my meads where I use a strain that is known for imparting favorable lees aging characteristics (D47 for example), I will go 6 months to a year before racking for the first time.

One needs patience if they are going to be a sucessful mead-maker. All of the traditional (by traditional I mean not a 'quick-mead' like JAO) meads I make are bulk-aged a minimum of 2 YEARS before I bottle - if, that is, I actually decide it's ready to bottle at that point .....

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Old 05-05-2008, 04:30 AM   #10
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I am understanding patience and I am trying.. but the SG has not moved in a couple of weeks. I tried some engerizer last week with no change. I thought that once the SG had stabilized it was time to bottle.

Wondering what to do next tho..

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