When to transfer out of a demi?

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When to transfer out of a demi?

Post by Manngold » Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:51 pm

Hi,

I have had a Mead in a demi since December 27th 2014. Should I rack into another demi or bottle? I plan to not touch it until Xmas.

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Re: When to transfer out of a demi?

Post by deanrpwaacs » Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:43 pm

You should rack it off the trub at least once . I would age it for another few months in bulk to make sure it has fully stopped . Then bottle .
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Re: When to transfer out of a demi?

Post by oldbloke » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:38 am

With any brew, if fermentation is done (or very nearly so), leaving it on the trub/lees runs the risk of the yeast autolysing (eating dead yeast coz it can't find sugar). That can give off flavours, so you don't want to leave a brew on the trub/lees once fermentation is done. Rack it. Further solids will drop out so you may want to rack again before bottling, or just be careful when you do.

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Re: When to transfer out of a demi?

Post by Manngold » Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:15 pm

Thanks. I wasn't really sure how long to leave it. I followed Joe's Ancient Orange Mead recipe. All fruit dropped out long ago.

Will rack off this weekend.

John

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