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Old 12-05-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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My first mead/cyser (in secondary) looks clear, but I wanted to ask the experts.

How do I know when it is clear?

I don't want to leave it with this much head space any longer than I need.
I want to rack into a corny keg and serve lightly carbonated out of my keezer.

It tasted amazing when I racked to the secondary, and added spices. I was told in another thread to make sure and let it clear, or the yeast would contribute off flavors down the road, and don't rush it into the keg early.

Based upon dates
Primary start 10/06
Racked to secondary 11/10
Considering rack to keg 12/09
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:05 PM   #2
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Most people will tell you that it is clear once it has not thrown any lees in a 30-60 day period. I say most people because I usually cannot wait that long and unfortunately do end up with some sediment in my bottles. I am trying my hardest on my latest blackberry wine and apfelwein to wait until no more lees are dropping.

As far as headspace goes, if you wanted to you could occupy the dead volume with sanitized marbles though that would be a lot of marbles for a 5g better bottle. Taking a stab in the dark here but you might be able to purge the headspace with argon which should not react/spoil your mead like air will.

 
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:06 PM   #3
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You can also purge with CO2, I've never heard of using argon before...
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:04 AM   #4
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You can also purge with CO2, I've never heard of using argon before...
That's because all the helpful posts relating to it argon.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:16 AM   #5
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That's because all the helpful posts relating to it argon.
Yikes, what a lame joke.... I love it! :-D
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:28 AM   #6
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IMO/IME, unless that's a very low ABV mead, you're better off giving it at least 6 months aging time (if it's under 12%). Higher ABV meads seriously benefit from more time to age. Bulk aging is used more, when a mead is young, since you can still do things with it as/if needed. Once it's in bottles, you're pretty much locked in.

Personally, I wouldn't even consider bottling/serving a mead (up to 14%) for a year form start. I have a traditional mead that's just over two years old and it's improved more than a bit over the past 6-9 months. I bottled it after a year of bulk aging, since I wasn't going to do anything more with it. This is a still mead I'm talking about, since I really don't want to have bubbles in my mead. To me, that's just not right.

I've posted my ABV/time before mead bottling parameters in another thread today.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:23 PM   #7
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It doesn't look clear to me. It's clear when you can read a newspaper through it. Or you could if you didn't have parallax from the carboy.

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:14 AM   #8
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I vote not clear yet either. If you want an idea of what a truly clear, colored liquid looks like, try putting a few red and yellow food coloring drops in some bottled water, and hold it beside it for comparison.

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:21 AM   #9
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Sorry for off topic, but had a fanboy moment when I saw parallax mentioned. But anyway, give it a bit longer. From seeing what my wine making buddies do it needs some more time to clear. Now lets see if I can follow my own advice.

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:29 AM   #10
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Sorry for off topic, but had a fanboy moment when I saw parallax mentioned. But anyway, give it a bit longer. From seeing what my wine making buddies do it needs some more time to clear. Now lets see if I can follow my own advice.
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