BOUNCE hist-brewing: Admin request (fwd)

Greg Lindahl lindahl at
Sun Mar 26 20:52:38 PST 2000

Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2000 21:54:42 -0600
From: Jerry Harder <mastergoodwine at>
To: hist-brewing at
Subject: Fine sediment on clear mead- possible solution

Yes, but meads aren't ports.

I have had the same problems and have recently come upon this solution
which I have not tried but am told it works.  First fine with
bentonite, then after about two weeks, fine with sparkolloid.  Don't
rack off the bentonite.  I believe these two fining agents have
different electrical charges (please someone let me know if I am wrong
here) Anyway I think it is worth a try since someone said it does for
this specific problem.  Let me know how it works. I don't have
anything I can test it on right now.

bjm10 at wrote:

> On Tue, 8 Feb 2000, Sean Richens wrote:
> > My strong buckwheat mead is crystal clear, but no matter how much I rack it,
> > fine it, etc., it always finds something more to deposit in the next vessel.
> > It's a very loose, sludgy kind of deposit, resembling the stuff you skim off
> > when boiling honey.
> >
> > Any ideas (apart from all the possible haze precursors that have been
> > discussed in this thread) on what it could be?  The mead itself is always
> > clear after about 6 months, and this stuff just keeps on coming out every
> > time it is disturbed.
> The finest of aged vintage ports are *EXPECTED* to have a sediment, which
> is why one is expected to not serve them from the bottle but to decant
> them into and serve them from a decanter.  The more I learn, the more I
> wonder if clarity hasn't become an overrated feature.

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