Cleared Lord Rhys Mead going cloudy again...

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WildBillCiarbino

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I was downstairs in my man cave/workshop/brewing room and saw my chocolate mead that's been bulk aging had gone cloudy after being pretty well cleared last year...Not sure why or how this happened. I followed the Lord Rhys Chocolate Mead recipe pretty closely.
Currently I'm not too worried: it doesn't taste rancid or bad, just like it needs more time. I'm just wondering why a cleared mead would go cloudy again, and if there's anything I should be worried about. I'll be racking it sometime in the next couple months and adding another vanilla bean or two. I probably won't bottle until it's been a solid 3 years aging.

Brew notes:

Started 2/12/18
20.5lbs honey
20 oz unsweetened Cocoa powder, 6ish oz dark cocoa powder
Water to ~6 Gallons
EC-1118
pretty normal SNA
OG: 1.130

2/16/18: SG 1.040
6/3/18: SG 1.000
1/12/19 Racked off lees to sanitized carboy, added K Meta, Sorbate, and 2 split vanilla beans. Mead is a dark brown......flashlight will shine through, giving a dark, brownish reddish light.
12/31/19: SG 1.000, starting to get a little cloudy, flashlight comes through somewhat
2/20/20 SG 1.000, no light will come through.
 
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Deezil

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It could be particulate from the vanilla beans..

Has it been degassed at all?
It could be a temperature-related precipitate..
 

robert81650

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I bet it has something to do with the vanilla beans.......
 

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