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Old 12-08-2011, 03:37 PM   #581
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SO I followed the directions and set my mead off to the side and forgot about it. Actually I did a little too well in that dept and four months later I remembered to check it. It's cleared nicely and all the rind and stuff has sunk to the bottom. Do I rack it to take the mead off the lees? Or just bottle? I can't imagine bottling successfully without getting some of the crap into the bottles... If you rack it what is everyone topping with?
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:52 PM   #582
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SO I followed the directions and set my mead off to the side and forgot about it. Actually I did a little too well in that dept and four months later I remembered to check it. It's cleared nicely and all the rind and stuff has sunk to the bottom. Do I rack it to take the mead off the lees? Or just bottle? I can't imagine bottling successfully without getting some of the crap into the bottles... If you rack it what is everyone topping with?
I just bottled with regular caps. I would rack it into a bottling bucket first though.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:02 AM   #583
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SO I followed the directions and set my mead off to the side and forgot about it. Actually I did a little too well in that dept and four months later I remembered to check it. It's cleared nicely and all the rind and stuff has sunk to the bottom. Do I rack it to take the mead off the lees? Or just bottle? I can't imagine bottling successfully without getting some of the crap into the bottles... If you rack it what is everyone topping with?
I just bottled my 2nd 5 gallon batch of this recipie. I read a great peice of advice on this chat room: Set the fermenter out on the counter where you will do the bottling and don't move it for about a week. Then siphon the meade into your bottling bucket and let it settle over night. Next day it will be clear as water to bottle. The problem with the yeast in this recipie is it very easily gets stirred up when the fermenter is moved and takes a while to settle. Your meade should taste decent fresh out of the fermenter. But once it has set in the bottle for a month or so it will be smooth and very tastey!
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:05 AM   #584
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To whomever made this recipie with blueberries and vanilla:
Might I trouble you for the quanities per gallon please, I would like to try to make this variation for summer. Thanks!
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:05 PM   #585
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I used about 1 lb blueberries and 1 tsp vanilla extract
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:04 PM   #586
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I used about 1 lb blueberries and 1 tsp vanilla extract
Thanks for the reply. I wonder if I could use vanilla beans or pulp?
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:40 PM   #587
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Probably 1 half of a vanilla bean would be good
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Probably 1 half of a vanilla bean would be good
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:46 PM   #589
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Any ideas on what to do with this if stuck? Been in primary for over two months and the fruit hasn't dropped- gravity is 1.062 and it tastes super hoochy. Shook it up some and nothing happened... pitch some wine or champagne yeast maybe?
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:11 PM   #590
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Can't hurt. I'd rack it first, though, get it off the bread yeast.
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