So it has been bubbling away nicely in the FV - time to take SG. Kit recommends 1.010 or lower to proceed. I have 2 hydrometers ( an issue I need to resolve ) . One shows 0.998, the other 1.004.
At least both are within range and yes they were both done at same temperature. ( I feel another thread coming on! )
Next stage then was to rack into my 5 gallon glass dj. More lessons to follow -
Should have done this in the kitchen where I can get more height to syphon - ok to start but as I lowered into the fv things got pretty slow. Heavy to move when full though. The other issue was not so much the sediment that had laid out but the lumpier stuff, mainly the elderberries which I think added greatly to restricting flow as they collect in the sediment trap. Many of these were floating still so a pain in the ar*e.
Down to the last 'drop' I moved downstairs to get more height and flow but the crap was giving even more problems. Syphoned another 1/2 gallon then had to resort to a sterilised sieve so as not to waste a whole 1/2 gallon left. Right or wrong? I know not. Time will tell. Could not waste a whole gallon of juice though and glad I did it.
Anyhow, job done. Successfully racked and under a nicely bubbling lock. I was not sure about the seal on the thing supplied with the dj but it is working ok. Pics show residue in bucket ( I had thrown the berries by then ), full dj and final resting place for the next phase. Popped in the empty fv as shown , A, just in case something frothy happens and B, to protect from the light a bit.
Unless anything unexpected happens I will continue this hopefully in 12 days time.