Originally Posted by rowsdower44
How often are you getting bubbles in the airlock of your secondary fermenter?
read "around the bazaars" my friend. Airlock activity is a very poor way of judging the progress of a ferment.
All it tells you is that something is producing gas at a high enough pressure to bubble out through the liquid.
It doesn't tell you how far the ferment may or may not have progressed. You need a hydrometer for that. It also tells you how quickly a ferment is progressing if you take frequent enough tests.
A pH meter is also handy, as meads tend to swing their pH value quite wildly during ferment. There may be plenty of fermentable sugars and nutrient/energiser in a batch, but if the pH drops below about 3.0pH it can/will stall or stick.....