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Old 02-20-2010, 09:57 AM   #11
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Now me ? I'd just say "what the hell" and get it racked "as is", just to remove the majority of the lees/sediment. If the secondary is a plastic bucket, then you're gonna have to be careful about moving it anyway as the greater surface area for liquid movement. If your secondary is going to be a glass carboy/demi-john, then rack it over as the tiny amount of open surface isn't going to cause any issues - the amount of airspace is going to be pretty minimal anyway so the % O2 is even less.

Don't forget, meads don't tend to suffer from oxidation like wines do.....

Though in glass, it's a case of being careful during the handling anyway.

So it's just a case of the how and when........ but it's still valid to re-remind you that it's easier to carry liquids when they're properly confined, than to have too much ullage space for the liquid to move in (yes, I drive trucks - 44 tonners and have done a lot of work with bulk liquids - and powders).

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Old 02-21-2010, 03:19 PM   #12
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I have some experience with this, having moved myself this past May. The mead was already in secondary, but there was still a fair bit of yeast. It was in a glass carboy. I buckled it into the back seat of my car and surrounded it with pillows, blankets, and other soft items, and made sure to keep the sunlight off it. No problems!

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Old 02-24-2010, 03:35 AM   #13
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There is this stuff called "wine saver" that you are supposed to spray into opened bottles of wine, I suspect this is Co2 or something, could I rack and then apply this?

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I will be going to through this same process in a couple months hopefully. I have a mead in secondary aging. It's been there for about 2 months at this point in time. I worry about the mead sloshing about without a good layer of CO2. Any suggestions?

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Old 02-26-2010, 10:55 PM   #15
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I will be going to through this same process in a couple months hopefully. I have a mead in secondary aging. It's been there for about 2 months at this point in time. I worry about the mead sloshing about without a good layer of CO2. Any suggestions?
Top off your carboy with CO2 and put an undrilled stopper in it. If it'll make you feel better, wrap teflon tape, plastic wrap, or whatever to secure it. I used teflon tape.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:07 PM   #16
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I would not secure a fixed stopper with tape (or anything else) on a new mead. A little warming and a little late CO2 production from what you thought were dormant yeast can easily create an exploding carboy. They are not meant to hold pressure - better to keep an airlock on or allow a stopper to pop out.

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Okay, okay, if the mead's still going when you're ready to move it, use a drilled stopper with airlock, but I still recommend securing it. Hit a pothole too hard and you could have a mess.

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