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Old 02-02-2007, 05:38 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 02-02-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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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.


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Old 02-02-2007, 10:29 PM   #3
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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?

 
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Old 02-03-2007, 06:41 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 02-03-2007, 02:20 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 02-03-2007, 03:37 PM   #6
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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?
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Old 02-04-2007, 01:59 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 02-04-2007, 04:37 PM   #8
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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.

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