How often do you degas mead when in secondary? Also I'm a little confused. I thought part of the reason for letting the mead sit in the secondary was to help it clarify. Doesn't degassing swirl all the crap up on the bottom and defeat the purpose? They've both been in secondary for about two weeks and I have not degassed them. Lastly - one of my batches is a Perry that has about 1.5# of pears floating in it (both are 1 gallon batches). Will getting the degassing attachment into the carboy and inevitably beating the hell out of the pears cause any issues? Thanks for your help....I'm new to this and I'm afraid I've caught "the bug" really bad...Just bought another four carboys, 30# of honey and a few stern looks from my wife!