Originally Posted by kaelmalakai
Well, it looks like the starter took hold and my mead is fermenting again! Just so I don't screw it up again, what am I looking for before I rack again? I don't want to follow my original instructions seeing as how they brought me nothing but misery... So some general steps and instructions from here on out would be greatly helpful!
Since it basically seems as if you are starting from the begining of the ferment....
First your hydrometer is your friend, don't consider racking again until you are able to take at least three readings a few days apart and they all are the same, thats the only definitive way to know youre done with fermentation and your mead is happy and ready to move.
Second, consider at least daily if not 2-3 times a day giving your must a good shake or stir for the first third of fermentation (based off of hydro readings) or if not feeling like doing the math at least the first few days, this will get rid of some of the CO2 and introduce some O2 which makes the yeast happy during the initial days of fermentation. releasing some of the CO2 also lets out some carbonic acid to help control the possible pH issue.
adding some nutrients when you reach that 1/3 break (or 3 days of aeration) can also be beneficial, give it one last really good stir or shake or you can end up with a geyser then mix the nutrient with a little warm water, add it and give it another quick mix, then leave it all be for awhile to finish out.