Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Top off the secondary?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-02-2007, 04:38 PM   #1
jpuf
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 287
Default Top off the secondary?

Wadaya think? Should I top off the secondary to try and stave off the negative effects of too much head space? Or Would I be putting the batch in harms way. I would of course use boiled/cooled water.

Thanks,

John

__________________
jpuf is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-02-2007, 08:10 PM   #2
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: 61,077
Liked 4475 Times on 3256 Posts
Likes Given: 870

Default

You should top off- but what are you making? If it's wine, you can top off with a similar type of commercial wine, so you don't water down your wine. For example, for my dandelion wine, I topped off with a little pinot grigio.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-02-2007, 09:29 PM   #3
Caplan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,165
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jpuf
Should I top off the secondary to try and stave off the negative effects of too much head space? Or Would I be putting the batch in harms way. I would of course use boiled/cooled water
It really depends on how long you intend to store the mead (and what type it is - ABV, Style etc) in secondary and how much head space you have. Any more clues?
__________________
Caplan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-03-2007, 05:41 AM   #4
RichBrewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
RichBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,757
Liked 83 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 67

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yooper Chick
You should top off- but what are you making? If it's wine, you can top off with a similar type of commercial wine, so you don't water down your wine. For example, for my dandelion wine, I topped off with a little pinot grigio.
What would you use to top off apple wine? I've been thinking about this and I don't mind watering it down a little but I think too much would ruin it.
__________________

Cheers,
Rich

RichBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-03-2007, 01:20 PM   #5
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: 61,077
Liked 4475 Times on 3256 Posts
Likes Given: 870

Default

Do you have any commerical white wine? You could top off with just about any of those. Or, you could do my "marble trick" that's been kind of disparaged around here. I sanitize kid's glass marbles, and use them in the wine to raise the level of the wine. That way, the headspace is reduced, and I don't have to top off.

In fact, I have to top off my apple wine today- some friends came over last night to drink beer, and we had a sample of my wine first. They really liked it, and already asked for the recipe.

__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-03-2007, 02:37 PM   #6
jpuf
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 287
Default

This is a simple semi sweet mead. 15# honey, nutrients, water and yeast. I intend to leave it in the secondary 4 - 6 months before carbonating and bottling. I've been brewing beer for 6 or 7 years, but this is my first crack at mead. I pitched the yeast (wyeast 4632) on 1/21. As of this morning, a steady one bubble per second. I did oxygenate before pitching, looks like it paid off. Any advise on how to carbonate down the road? Corn sugar? Honey? Will I need addl. yeast?
Thanks, you folks are the best.

__________________
jpuf is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2007, 12:59 PM   #7
RichBrewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
RichBrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,757
Liked 83 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 67

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yooper Chick
Do you have any commerical white wine? You could top off with just about any of those. Or, you could do my "marble trick" that's been kind of disparaged around here. I sanitize kid's glass marbles, and use them in the wine to raise the level of the wine. That way, the headspace is reduced, and I don't have to top off.

In fact, I have to top off my apple wine today- some friends came over last night to drink beer, and we had a sample of my wine first. They really liked it, and already asked for the recipe.
I might go buy a white wine. I could use the bottle any way.
__________________

Cheers,
Rich

RichBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2007, 03:37 PM   #8
MikeRLynch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
MikeRLynch's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 917
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default

I've topped with a pound or so of honey dissolved in water, lends to honey flavor and might even bump up your abv a tad.

mike

__________________
Lost Elm Brewing Co.
Stafford Springs, CT

Follow us on Twitter
Like us on Facebook
MikeRLynch 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
Secondary underwaterdan Equipment/Sanitation 1 03-25-2009 07:45 PM
Apfelwein with honey secondary and oatmeal secondary idea Stinky Wine Making Forum 0 02-11-2009 11:07 PM
air into the secondary Rico6115 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 10-12-2007 06:55 PM
To Secondary or Not To Secondary That is the Question Petunia Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 08-05-2007 12:46 AM
Secondary Carboy Fermentation Vs. Secondary Bottling Fermintation. MntFresh General Techniques 9 05-17-2007 06:58 PM