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Old 01-30-2013, 03:05 AM   #41
Stovetop535
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Thats what the op's recipe called for. I used d47 instead, after reading some threads where people claimed the d47 produced a mead that is drinkable sooner.

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:44 AM   #42
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is it done? how did it come out?

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:37 AM   #43
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I just checked the gravity tonight, down to 1.05 from 1.124. It's only been 8 days in the primary. Fermentation was slow to start. I had no gravity drop for the first 48 hours. I aerated with my lees stirrer and did followed the stagered nutrient additions up till 1.08. I will probably wait at least 10 days before I rack it, maybe a little longer as I don't see any harm in letting it sit a full 2 weeks on the beans.

 
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:00 PM   #44
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Nice, so your around 10% abv right now. I excited to try this one next week when taxes come in, need a few more carboys. I also want to add some orange zest for a little extra flavor. how much is your fg gonna go down you think?

 
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:23 PM   #45
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Goal is around 1.010. Not sure if the yeast will make it that far or not, my starting gravity ended up a little higher than expected. Getting down to 1.010 would put it at 15%, just above the d47 rating of 14%.

Visibly, fermentation looks strong right now. Decent amount of krausen buildup with vey little trub accumulating at the bottom. I have been fermenting in the basement which sits around 62 degrees. I might bring the bb upstairs-66 to 68 degrees to try and keep it going.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:34 AM   #46
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Update**

Racked to the secondary today. Gravity reading was 1.020, so sitting right around 13.6% right now and closing in on the manufacturers listed alc tolerance. I hope over the next few weeks a few more points get knocked off.

I racked to a 5 gall glass carboy and lost a lot more than anticipated. I think what I will do is make up a one gallon batch, let it ferment and use it to top off my carboy. I have 5 lbs of leftover honey and a full box of the tea bags, so it should work out nicely. I will probably only use 2.5lbs of honey in the gallon top off batch--dont want to add any sweetness incase the my gravity does not drop much more in the full batch.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:24 PM   #47
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how much did you loose? overflow?

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #48
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No overflow, I was very careful when aerating an adding nutrients. The split beans were pretty plumb, they absorbed more than I though they would. I lost just a touch over .5 gallons to the beans and trub. Overall not bad, I just did not anticipate the loss to the beans.

 
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:15 PM   #49
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How many times are you supposed to rack? The OP says 3 times (secondary after 7-10 and then rack again after 3 weeks and keep there for another 2-3 weeks) but i wasnt sure if that was right (seems kind of excessive but im new to mead).

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:08 AM   #50
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I went 18 days before I racked out of te primary since I didn't have an open carboy. I will rack again once the mead is still, or I the lees get any thicker than 1/4 of an inch. Any additional rackings after that would only be because of lees build up or if it is not clearing.

From my understanding, racking keeps the mead off the dormant yeast on the bottom and helps to clarify.

 
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