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Old 07-24-2012, 03:55 AM   #1
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A white cloudy substance has developed at the top of my mead. Is it still safe? Can I just rack out from under it.

 
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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Could be yeast, hard to say without more info and/or pics.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:54 PM   #3
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Is it a filmy substance, or is it frothy?

 
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:56 AM   #4
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Its filmy. There was a little bit of white foam on the top the day before. The smell seems good. Taste was ok.

 
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:04 AM   #5
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My guess was that it was some residual yeast. There was a little on the bottom. I racked it again and so far I'm not seeing any more of it.

 
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:05 AM   #6
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Its filmy. There was a little bit of white foam on the top the day before. The smell seems good. Taste was ok.
"filmy" sounds bad. Is it topped up to within an inch of the top? I wonder if some oxygen was able to get to your mead and allow some lacto or other infection to form.

I'd rack immediately, using 1 campden (crushed and dissolved) per gallon, and make sure it's topped up properly and hope for the best.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:53 AM   #7
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I racked it. I was careful not to let any of the cloudy stuff get into the new carboy.

 
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:41 AM   #8
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I'm thinking that it wasn't done fermenting when I racked it to the secondary. A day after I racked it it took off again and produced some foam on the top. a day later there was the cloudyness but no foam. I racked it again and haven't noticed any more cloudyness.

 
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:10 PM   #9
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Had this mead about 2 month one day I got up and there was this white film on top of the mead
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Old 11-03-2016, 11:19 PM   #10
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Most of my meads have beeswax at the top. I hope that's the case for you.

 
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