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Old 11-18-2008, 02:31 AM   #11
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LOL..boy you are bringing back memories...actually my last 2 years were working for the big "O-TEAM"....I was a crew chief..so my detassling days were done, but I had a very successful crew that worked for me those last two years while I was Crew Chief for Oettings.

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Old 11-18-2008, 03:59 AM   #12
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Crew chief - ah yes; the 17-18 year olds on the crew!!! good god, I didn't eat corn for two years after doing that!!

I heard Oetting's went out of business eventually...my folks worked with some of their family (yeah, an in-bred Nebraska thing).

Sometimes I'll still hear a cetain cadence of "pop, pop, pop, pop" and look around for tassels being popped!

But, I don't miss corn-smut or errant crop-dusters!

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Old 11-18-2008, 04:21 AM   #13
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wait - I think I hijacked my own thread!!

Enough about slave labor jobs I had at 14.

any mead advice? I'd still like to know more about racking, clearing, aging...

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Old 11-18-2008, 05:38 PM   #14
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What exactly are you wanting to know about racking, clearing and aging?

IMO, Rack it when it drops below 1.010 and then every time there is 1/4-1/2" of lees. Clear it naturally, by letting it sit on the carboy until you can read a newspaper through it. And age it for as long as you can stand (at least 5 or 6 months preferably), and then enjoy your brew.

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What exactly are you wanting to know about racking, clearing and aging?

IMO, Rack it when it drops below 1.010 and then every time there is 1/4-1/2" of lees. Clear it naturally, by letting it sit on the carboy until you can read a newspaper through it. And age it for as long as you can stand (at least 5 or 6 months preferably), and then enjoy your brew.
That's exactly what I wanted to hear! thx! Only now I wish I started 6 months ago!
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I racked off of the raspberries tonight; mainly 'cuz i'll be traveling for awhile and was a little worried about letting it sit on the fruit that long.

So, after 10 days; it's now reading 1.070. I'm assuming that's normal for a mead - plus I'm fermenting a little cooler than planned -- around 62-65. I've got it wrapped in a blanket, and will now start the patient wait. I'll probably check the gravity in another 10-14 days just to make sure it's not stuck.

I'm guessing mead's usually take at least a month or two to get to FG; not to mention clearing and aging.

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Your raspberry mead is right about where mine was/is. I racked off the raspberries after 10 days, and measured S.G...and was right at 1.070. I just took another reading yesterday and it's sitting at 1.060 right now. Clearing nicely as well. I am going to let it sit another month to clear and do a few checks on the S.G...and then it should be ready to bottle.

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I just took another reading yesterday and it's sitting at 1.060 right now. Clearing nicely as well.
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You really have mead clearing at 1.060?
Is it like Raspberry Syrup or what? I've never had anything clear above 1.010, and it was just stuck.

If I'm not nuts (and we all know I am) 1.060 and enough time to clear = STUCK!
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You really have mead clearing at 1.060?
Is it like Raspberry Syrup or what? I've never had anything clear above 1.010, and it was just stuck.

If I'm not nuts (and we all know I am) 1.060 and enough time to clear = STUCK!
I'm assuming that "clearing" is a relative term...

I appreciate all's input on this thread as it's my first mead, or whatever...I'm gonna let mine sit for another few weeks as long as there's some signs of fermentation and see where we're at. When I racked off the raspberries today I made it a point to stir up as much of the yeast as I could -- I'm not in clearing mode yet, I figured...
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you are right BK...by clearing, I guess I mean that it's much clearer than where it started, but it does have a ways to go. I topped off with spring water at the last racking, and as I stated it's 1.060 at 63F...yes it is pretty sweet, but not syrupy. It's got a nice honey and raspberry taste right now..but I am gonna let it go as low as it can..I am hoping to hit at least 1.020 when all said and done..and then carbonate lightly.

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