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June 7th, 2011
02:35 pm
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Started another TC, this time mixing apple juice and apple nectar, and seeing what happens with red wine yeast, just for a change.

Started a gallon of Lidl grape juice.

Racked the Earl Grey - had gone clear but the sediment was very light and stirred up very easily so some went over. Sneak taste say a pleasant white with a slightly sharp edge.

Racked the first gallon of Dandelion. A bit of sediment made it over. Sneak taste says pleasant white, very slightly sweet edge despite the hydrometer reading. It's doing the odd bubble now, again.

The previous TC isn't clearing, it's been going 2 weeks now. I might bottle it cloudy. The hydrometer thinks it's about 1.002. I'll give it until Friday, and bottle that last gallon of plum at the same time.

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Date:June 7th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
I started some honey last year, and then never got around to doing anything with it because it had little clumps of fuzz floating in it. I've just looked at it and it's clear now, but it has fuzz on the surface as well as sediment at the bottom. Is it OK to siphon out the middle?
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Date:June 7th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. Maybe siphon it into something with a Campden tablet which may or may not kill anything nasty. the sugar in the honey and the alcohol in the mead is supposed to be enough to stop owt orrid growing, so I dunno what you've got there.

My mead is finally thinking about clearing, after a month(ish) in the cool of the garage.
When you get into this wine game, you really do need to realise it can take a year before you get to drink anything. You need some patience! Even the turbocider takes 5 weeks to be any good.
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Date:June 8th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Try asking on gotmead.com, or jimsbeerkit.co.uk, or thehomebrewforum.co.uk

What was your recipe, exactly?
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Date:June 8th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)

From gotmead.com -

“There is a funny Growth in the Mead. What next?” – Funny looking things either floating on top of the Mead or sitting on the bottom are not always a cause for alarm. Some yeast like to bunch together (flocculate) and they can create some very odd looking growths. There are times when something else has found its way into the Mead though, and these can be very destructive. If you see something that does not look like it belongs, sample the Mead to see if the smell or flavor is “off”. If there is nothing that seems wrong to you, then it is probably just yeast or bits of fruit (if making a Melomel). If there is an odd flavor or smell, immediately rack the Mead into a clean carboy being as careful as possible not to disturb the growth. Some sulfites can be added to the racked Mead if the fermentation has ceased, which will hopefully prevent any of the unwanted organism from growing again.

So, sterilise a turkey baster by sucking bioling water into it a few times, then use it to take a sample.

Edited at 2011-06-08 10:24 pm (UTC)
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