Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Racking to Secondary Question
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-02-2010, 06:26 PM   #1
tincansandtwine
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Montclair, New Jersey
Posts: 14
Default Racking to Secondary Question

I started my first mead about two weeks ago with the Wyeast Dry Mead yeast. The OG was very low, about 1.065, which was what the recipe I used said to aim for. Despite the low amount of fermentables (only about 7 pounds of honey and 1.5 pounds of corn sugar in 5 gallons), fermentation has been going strong for two weeks. By "strong" I mean that the airlock has been bubbling every 5-10 seconds, for two weeks. I would like to rack it off the lees, but I don't know if it is a good idea to do that while fermentation is still so active. I know that autolysis doesn't occur until there is very little other food, but I still worry (though I've been medicating with homebrew ).

Any advice would be appreciated!

__________________
tincansandtwine is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-02-2010, 11:08 PM   #2
summersolstice
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Central Nebraska, USA
Posts: 1,515
Liked 22 Times on 16 Posts

Default

Any reason for adding sugar to a mead?

__________________
summersolstice is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-02-2010, 11:18 PM   #3
twohands
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alabama
Posts: 144
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Leaving it on the lees until active ferment subides and gravity is stable would be my recommendation. The yeast should actually clean up after itself as fermentation slows. Patience is your friend here...

What is the current gravity?

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevehaun View Post
why are you jerry rigging your nipples?
My blog - http://www.thehoppinghound.com

Reason: typo
twohands is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-02-2010, 11:21 PM   #4
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 62,771
Liked 4913 Times on 3563 Posts
Likes Given: 988

Default

I like to rack my wines and meads to secondary when the SG is about 1.010 or less, but while it's still fermenting. It gets you off of the gross lees, but there is still plenty of active yeast in suspension.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Find me on facebook: Lorena Evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-02-2010, 11:22 PM   #5
twohands
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alabama
Posts: 144
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew View Post
I like to rack my wines and meads to secondary when the SG is about 1.010 or less, but while it's still fermenting. It gets you off of the gross lees, but there is still plenty of active yeast in suspension.
Look at my post count and look at Yoopers

listen to HER! I'm just learning...
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevehaun View Post
why are you jerry rigging your nipples?
My blog - http://www.thehoppinghound.com
twohands is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-03-2010, 12:59 AM   #6
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 62,771
Liked 4913 Times on 3563 Posts
Likes Given: 988

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by twohands View Post
Look at my post count and look at Yoopers

listen to HER! I'm just learning...
HAHA! Just because I'm a big blabbermouth doesn't make me right!

I actually started out as a winemaker, though, and make some pretty good wines and meads. With beer, there is less chance of oxidation since the beer is bottled fairly quickly and spends much less time in the fermenter. Also, when you make wine, take a little taste of the lees. I think you'll find it more than a little unpleasant!

There is a technique called "sur lie" which means aging on the lees. That requires stirring up the lees, though, and not just allowing the wine to sit on the lees. I rack whenever I have lees 1/4" thick after 45-60 days, once the wine or mead is out of primary.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Find me on facebook: Lorena Evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-03-2010, 03:10 PM   #7
tincansandtwine
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Montclair, New Jersey
Posts: 14
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by YooperBrew View Post
Just because I'm a big blabbermouth doesn't make me right!
Thanks for the advice! As a philosophy major, I spent a lot of time listening to people who had left their mouths open and forgot to stop speaking

That being said, it makes more sense (to me) to rack off the lees, so I will heed the advice. While my instincts tell me to wait for fermentation to become less active, I am more worried about off flavors from the lees.

Thanks again!
__________________
tincansandtwine is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question on racking to secondary yaeyama Wine Making Forum 5 08-23-2007 03:27 PM
Racking to secondary..Question? talleymonster General Techniques 5 08-05-2007 01:04 AM
racking to secondary question davidv53 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 10-07-2006 10:34 PM
Question about racking to secondary fezzman Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 08-03-2006 09:34 PM
Racking to Secondary question Indiana Red General Techniques 3 06-18-2006 03:46 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS