Time to keep mead in Primary?

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DRxAndy

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So i've only made 2 wines involving honey, but I have a gallon of cherry melomel with 3lbs of honey in it that has been sitting in primary for aprox 10 days.
From other winemaking I was thinking 2 weeks would be a good time to rack to secondary but decided to research and found some threads where people said they left mead in primary for 2 months for better results.

How long should mead be in the primary?
What would be the longest/best amount of time for maximum efficiency?
Is it based on the amount of honey used(guessing it could)?
Is mead ever racked a 3rd time (perhaps for aeration?) and if so how long would be appropriate for that?

I aerated the business out of this batch in a blender before putting in primary and adding yeast, and have been swirling its jug about twice a day (resulting in a large amount of bubbling from the blowoff) and it seems to be fermenting consistently but slow as i expected.
 

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Depends on the honey used, other ingredients, nutrients etc. I imagine this being early and you not mentioning it, you did not used a staggered nutrient schedule. I would suggest you read hightest's mead FAQ's for your next batches, they are quite helpful.

Now for this one, I would go based on SG readings. What was your starting gravity for this batch? What was the whole recipe? If you expect it to get dry, then I would rack to secondary when it drops down to about 1.010, that way it should ferment 10 or so more points down to blanket it well with co2 in secondary.
 

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really depends on what you are looking for and what you are working with, if you let it sit on the lees it will impart a butteryness that can be very pleasant,
i normally let my meads sit in the primary for about a month before i rack off

btw: tusch how is that capsicumel turning out, i've been meaning to make one
 

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It's going well so far, going to be both strong and hot, so I fully intend and expect the need to age this one for a very long time. I used two habaneros and two saranos for one gallon, but this will be a 1-4oz sipping mead anyways.
 
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