Bentonite Question - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Bentonite Question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-28-2010, 05:04 PM   #1
VTBrewer
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
South Burlington, VT
Posts: 847
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts



I had a pretty hazy metheglin after about 9 months. I added bentonite 6 days ago and it was crystal clear in a few days.

Today I racked it off and got the TINIEST amount of lees (and clay i suppose?) into the carboy. I can't see my hand at all thru the carboy anymore.

Am I back to 6 days ago, or did the bentonite just get stirred up and will settle out in a few days? I put it in my lager fridge.
__________________
  • Fermenting: Cherry Stout
  • On Tap: Town Hall Hope & King Scotch Ale, Red Hook ESB

Recipes And Blogs: ClubHomeBrew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2010, 06:44 PM   #2
MedsenFey
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Florida
Posts: 1,034
Liked 16 Times on 16 Posts


It will settle out pretty fast, but the lesson to learn is don't try to rack all the way down to the lees if you want it clear. You have to leave some good mead behind. I call it the Devil's share (as opposed to the Angel's share lost in a barrel). You should pour it on the ground and give the Devil his due, but it's always tempting to go for it. If you do, you pay the price.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2010, 07:10 PM   #3
VTBrewer
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
South Burlington, VT
Posts: 847
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


So do you hold the auto siphon just above the bed? Or do you put it into the sediment, start it and pour the first few ounces into something you chuck out? When making beer i always want a little bit of the trub to make sure it'll carb up fine, this is clearly a different process.

Yeah, its settling fast and I'll be fine to bottle in a few days.
__________________
  • Fermenting: Cherry Stout
  • On Tap: Town Hall Hope & King Scotch Ale, Red Hook ESB

Recipes And Blogs: ClubHomeBrew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2010, 11:02 PM   #4
MedsenFey
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Florida
Posts: 1,034
Liked 16 Times on 16 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by VTBrewer View Post
So do you hold the auto siphon just above the bed?
Yep.
Sometimes keeping it in the fridge for a couple of weeks will help the sediment form a denser layer so you get a bit less loss.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2010, 02:30 AM   #5
MeadWitch
 
MeadWitch's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2010
Just South of Weird, Texas
Posts: 312
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts


+1 That is exactly what I do, MedsenFey. Try to keep as much of it as I can. Honey is just too damn expensive these days to waste.
__________________
Primary: Cider House Rules Cider

Tertiary: Sweet Dried Cherry/Vanilla Mead, Prickly Pear Mead, Jalapeno-Peach Sweet Mead

Bottled: Huajillo Honey Mead - 4 bottles only, first ever mead, Light Draft Style Cider, Raspberry Mead, Hibiscus Mead, JAOM, Peach Melba Mead, Limoncello, Kahlua, Spiced Winter Cider, Orange/Vanilla Mead

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bentonite Clay and Honey flavors digdan Mead Forum 2 04-27-2009 06:54 PM


Forum Jump