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When do I rack

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Greetings ye meadmakers,

I started a mead batch on Feb 6. Primary fermentation seemed to go along at a decent speed. The must quickly developped an inch of foam and was burping the air lock about 20 times a minute. Now (Feb 23) the burping is down to about 5 per minute and the foam is receeding. There's about 2 inches of cloudy material on the bottom. At what point should I rack it into another carboy? How many burps per minute?

Cheers,

Luc
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... A lot of times I lift my carboy onto the counter top the night before I'll rack to ensure all that lees settles well to the bottom.....
OK. When I rack I will be using a rigid plastic tube (sorry I don't know what these are called) and some flexible plastic hose to siphon from one carboy to the other. Do I let the rigid tube go to the bottom into the lees or should I suspend it above the lees so as to not disturb it?
 
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