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After racking, should the mead cloud up again?

capoeirista13

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OK so it seemed about the right time to rack from my secondary into a tertiary. Now, in the secondary the mead was clear and I could see through it pretty easily. I racked it earlier today and the mead is all thick and cloudy now. Does that mean I suspended/transferred too much yeast when I racked? And will it go back to being clear again in a few days? Also, after racking I topped the mead off with a replica of the original must, would this have made it more cloudy?
 

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capoeirista13 said:
OK so it seemed about the right time to rack from my secondary into a tertiary. Now, in the secondary the mead was clear and I could see through it pretty easily. I racked it earlier today and the mead is all thick and cloudy now. Does that mean I suspended/transferred too much yeast when I racked? And will it go back to being clear again in a few days? Also, after racking I topped the mead off with a replica of the original must, would this have made it more cloudy?
Racking will generally leave behind the entire layer of lees plus a bit of good stuff, unless you are specifically just changing containers and want the fermentation to continue in the new fermenter. It sounds to me like you took too much lees but it will settle out. When you rack prior to bottling, make sure you leave it all behind. Then if you are reluctant to waste any, rack the lees and the rest into a gallon jug or magnum and allow it to settle for a couple of days then carefully pour off the clear part...

Good luck,
Pewter