Hello everyone, I’m new here. I’ve been lurking for some time but need help, so I thought I’d pipe up.
My first ever batch of Mead (NB Semisweet kit), is just over a year old, and has been aging in bottles for about 6 months now (bottled after 6 months from brew, 4 mos in primary, 2 mos in secondary).
Still, I think I bottled too soon. It is starting to mellow out, but still has a pretty yeasty smell and taste. I am seeing good amount of sediment in each bottle now. When I tried one last night, I had to filter it through a coffee filter into a clear bottle.
Question 1: Should I open all the bottles, and re-rack/rebottle? How would I manage that without aerating too much when pouring it out? (or do I care)? I think it will age better in another few months or more, and would be nice to get that sediment out.
Question 2: I just moved my second batch to the Secondary. I think it stalled out. There was barely any sludge at the bottom. In retrospect, I think my first batch (above) was very slow fermenting, so this one seems even worse (probably temp was low over the winter).
I’ve re-pitched. and going to add some more nutrients. The question is should I re-aerate? I am scared of aerating, after all the “don’t aerate” instructions. I will move it to a warmer place (from my bathroom). The beers do fine there. The racking to secondary swirled it around a bit, but so far no activity after 12 hours or so.
General Question for future reference. I have had the primary in both batches in a bucket. I can’t look inside. I wonder if a Carboy is better. Should I be seeing as much of a foam head as I do in Beer fermentation? or is mead really slow and less active in general?
Thank you so much. Any input would be greatly appreciated.