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Old 03-01-2010, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default All three of my first meads have funny "flat soda" aftertaste. Is it fixable?

I have two cysers and one white grape/peach mead that have cleared and I have them aging under airlocks in the gallons(all one gallon sized batches) While they taste very good, But hot, there is a bit of a "flat soda/carb taste" will this age out or does it need to be degassed? I am planning on aging them for several more months in the gallon jugs before bottling and wonder if I should add any of the sulfiting agents to remove this taste before I bottle.
The only way I know to describe this is like when i buy just fizzy water at the store and when the fizz goes out of say 1/2 the bottle it is the same taste, not bad or anything just not the best.
Has anyone else had this happen?
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:21 PM   #2
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Sounds like they are just young and need to be degassed.

I'm lazy, so I just let mine sit (although at times I like the mild-fizzy taste as opposed to full on carbed). But, there are other ways -I think there's a thread called something like cheap and easy degasser which uses one of those vacuum seal things to pull out that CO2 stuck in solution and the other option I hear people talking about is using a wine whip or gentle stirring...but I've never done those methods, so I am not going to comment on their effectiveness.

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Sounds like trapped CO2. If you are going to age them for a few more months then I would not worry about degassing as it will occur naturally over time. If however they still have this taste months down the road I would look into a hand held vacuum sealer that can be used as a degasser.

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Old 03-01-2010, 06:32 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies- I was hoping it was just trapped gas! I have a food saver with the hose attachment and I can just use that in one of the drilled rubber stoppers to "suck" that trapped gas out, but I think that I will save that until after they age a bit and if they still have that funky flat soda taste. I guess my best bet is patience. but, that is really hard!
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