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Old 01-17-2013, 08:59 AM   #1
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I was thinking about bulk aging mead in better bottles. I was wondering if they can be stored on their side in a rack for instance long term? Any thoughts or comments would be appreciate.

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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How would you seal them? The openings aren't threaded. No way would I trust a rubber stopper to stay put.

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Old 01-17-2013, 12:26 PM   #3
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I would use the plastic cap that is made for the better bottles. I wanted to be able to stack them using something like this. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005VFCN18

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Can you link to that cap?

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:12 PM   #6
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You only place wine on it's side when you have it in bottles, with corks, that you need to keep wet. Not needed with PET carboys with rubber stoppers. The potential of losing your batch (or a significant portion of it) is simply too high to really consider doing this. Plus, it's 100% unnecessary. Purge the headspace of air/oxygen (you can use CO2) and install a solid stopper if you don't want to have an airlock to check on from time to time.

The number of negative things that can happen from doing this far outweighs any [perceived] positive things. In fact, I can't think of a single (valid) reason to do this.

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You only place wine on it's side when you have it in bottles, with corks, that you need to keep wet. Not needed with PET carboys with rubber stoppers. The potential of losing your batch (or a significant portion of it) is simply too high to really consider doing this. Plus, it's 100% unnecessary. Purge the headspace of air/oxygen (you can use CO2) and install a solid stopper if you don't want to have an airlock to check on from time to time.

The number of negative things that can happen from doing this far outweighs any [perceived] positive things. In fact, I can't think of a single (valid) reason to do this.

I agree with this ^^

And I would not trust the caps linked to stay put. They state that they are just pushed on. 5 or 6 gallons of pressure on them for long term????
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I agree with this ^^

And I would not trust the caps linked to stay put. They state that they are just pushed on. 5 or 6 gallons of pressure on them for long term????
At least with corks, there's pressure from the corks expanding in the bottle necks to keep them in place. Press-on caps are [IMO] not to be trusted.

I ferment, and age, in adapted sanke kegs. When aging, I install a solid TC cap over the opening. I could lay these on their sides, IF I wanted to. I don't see the point to it though, since they take up so little floor space when standing up (a fraction of what they'll need if on their side).

IMO, there's a reason why you don't read about people laying carboys on their sides when aging things... It's a bad idea (being extremely kind here). If you put even a little thought into it, you should [quickly] realize how bad of an idea it really is. If you can't, then do it. Just be sure to have a mop and bucket on standby. Also keep checking on them every day so that you can clean up the mess early enough.
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How about one of those new-fangled units that stores your BBs vertically. Much better idea:

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It can be done if you put a little thought into it.

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