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Old 02-19-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Time? (racking mead)

How long does a mead stay in secondary fermentation?how many times should I rack after the must is strained?i know it varies but is it weeks or months?so many things I am unclear on.

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Old 02-19-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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Does the yeast stop fermenting if I transfer the mead away from the lees or does it fire up again?

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Old 02-19-2012, 07:28 PM   #3
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It can fire up again. The lees is not 100% of the yeast in the mead. Depending on several factors it may fire up again."Is there any fermentable sugar left in the must, Is the ABV too high for your yeast, is there enough nutrients available?" moving it to secondary on top of new ingredients can affect any amount of varables to restart the yeasties. If you want to prevent it then you can cool or cold crash the mead & follow directions for using a campden tablet(s) and potassium sorbate to stabilize and prevent the mead from starting back up.

For your first question I am not sure of a completly correct answer. But mead takes months to age. If already in secondary then wait till completly clear and rack off any sediment. You have a choice to bulk age till it is at least 6-12 months old or bottle appropriately by using the method above to stabilize any possible restart of fermentation. There are probably other answers to your question so take mine with a grain of salt and keep reading.

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Old 02-20-2012, 08:54 PM   #4
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Thank you,just starting a strawberry batch now ;-)

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