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  1. #61
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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    I have a few of the paper birch here on my land, but the gray birch are much more numerous. For some reason unknown to me, the gray birch seem to have a habit of rotting (inside) once they get past a certain age/size, and grow fungus on them, then fall down. The last few Winters have been very hard on the younger ones, heavy, wet snow and ice on multiple occasions have left them bent over in arches, some touching the ground. I don't know if they'll ever straighten up and grow right.
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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.



    Previous reading vs current reading.

    #1. 1.024 / 1.016
    #2. 1.028/ 1.020
    #3. 1.000/ .998

    I think #3 is just about done, but I will wait until all are completely done before racking.

    Any thoughts on my numbers and my plan?

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    Looking good! It's either very close or done at that gravity of .998. Be sure to rack carefully so as to admit as little air as possible.
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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by trottet1 View Post


    Previous reading vs current reading.

    #1. 1.024 / 1.016
    #2. 1.028/ 1.020
    #3. 1.000/ .998

    I think #3 is just about done, but I will wait until all are completely done before racking.

    Any thoughts on my numbers and my plan?
    What is up with this ferment. Did they all go to dryness? just curious.

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    I have not taken readings since that last 1. I did, however, rack all 3 into secondaries about a week ago. All airlock activity had stopped. I will take readings either tomorrow or Thursday and post. I'd like to get them bottled as soon as I can as the fermenters have a bit of head space.

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    If you have more headspace than you want, top up with come cheep white wine. Not Ideal but I don't think you want to invest in buying mead. Unless you have some around. That way you can let clear well, Even mead that seems clear will leave sediment in the bottle.

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    Thank you tenbears. I will do just that. I took off today to feed the bees (emergency due to very poor planning). They come first, but once that is resolved, I will run out for some wine, take gravity readings and top off. I'll post the results.

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.



    here are the readings march 4th reading/today's reading:

    #1- 1.010/1.006 #2- 1.012 #3- .998/.998

    #'s 1 and 2 are a concern I think. I was expecting them to be below 1.000 considering the time lapse between the previous reading. I did do as you suggested and added some cheap white wine to all 3 to bring up to the neck. #1 and 2 are more clear than #3. 3 had the apples in it and I assume that has something to do with it. Whatcha think?

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    Yes anything that has fruit of any kind will result in more sediment. Or pectin which can take time to clear. Sounds like each of them has gone to dryness or fairly close at least. let them clear well, Never bottle cloudy mead. In fact quite often mead that looks perfectly clear will have sediment in the bottle after a few months in the bottle. Which is not a problem Just that some find it objectionable. I use to just shake it up my lady would ever so gently pour the mead of into a glass.

    You have a completed ferment now it is a waiting game. As the CO2 comes from the mead it will clear better. one gallon batches clear faster than 6, and 170. Keep us up to date.

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    Default Re: 3rd week of my first mead/ here are my gravity readings so far.

    You have a completed ferment now it is a waiting game.
    Perfect. Got it done just before the bees will need all of my attention.

    Thanks for all the help!

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