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Getting the fruit out of the mead

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Deege

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I made a rasberry melomel. Wow it tastes great!! The only problem is all the "floaters". I've got little bits of rasberries that seem to come with each racking. Is there a good method to get these out of the mead?
 

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There are a couple of ways to rack off without getting the floaties, but the easiest way is to send me the batch and I'll make sure there are no floaties left! ;)

Seriously though, shipping is so cheap nowadays . . .

But if you're still getting floaties you can try:

1. Slide a sanitized fine mesh grain bag over your racking cane and inserting it into your vessel to rack, this usually works fine.

2. Wrap a Kurly Kate around the end of the racking cane. This is tricky if you're using a carboy though. A couple of sanitized rubber bands will hold it on.

Hope that helps,

Oskaar
 

Pewter_of_Deodar

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My red raspberry mead is almost stopped and is about half clear, half garbage. I will likely run the racking through some cheesecloth over a strainer over a funnel into the carboy to remove the gunk, though it may take another racking in a wek or two.

On the other hand, my red raspberry wine has dropped clear like every other batch I've done before....
 

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Careful, Pewter, that may unnecessarilly oxygenate your must.

I'd wrap the cheese cloth over the end of your racking cane instead.

Talon.
 

Talon

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Oxydation will give your mead a more of a Sherry flavor profile than a wine/mead like profile. To see what I mean, get two of the small taster samples of wine from your grocery store. The nip sized ones of about a 6oz glass...

Take one and drink half of it. Put them both in the refrigerator and let them sit for a week. Be sure to take notes on the flavors you tasted, etc. At the end of the week, take a sip of the unopened one and compare to your notes to make sure it was the same. Then take a sip of the opened one and take notes on it. Compare it to the first set of notes and flavor profile of the other.
 

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Like Oskaar said, I cut a little square of cheesecloth and attach it to my racking cane by placing it between the cane and the tip (you know, this thing: link removed at website owners request)
 
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