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Old 10-22-2013, 01:07 AM   #1
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this is my first mead and i really have no idea what i am doing!

here's my recipe i put together on 5/4/13:

5 lbs honey
2 gallons h20
2 tsp yeast engergizer
2 tsp yeast nutrient
1 packet dry champagne yeast

i transfered to secondary on 6/10/13 where it currently is resting.

my questions are these:

1) can i go ahead and bottle this now?
2) i'd like to carbonate this, but how much sugar do i use?
3) are regular 12oz or 16oz beer bottles ok to use if i plan to carbonate? or do i need swing tops?
4) how long to store after bottling?

i know these are a lot of beginner questions so i appreciate any feedback. thanks!

and i'm sure the longer in the bottle, the better it's going to be!

thanks again!

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Old 10-22-2013, 01:16 AM   #2
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Hey BurgerBrew,

Great questions! My answers may vary from others', but here you go:

1) Yes, you can bottle it now. While some people prefer to let higher alcohol meads age / condition in secondary for a little longer, it is still okay to bottle now if you choose to do so.
2) The amount of sugar will depend on the amount of carbonation you're looking for. Meads can be served flat, or effervescent. Let us know if you'd like a highly carbonated mead, or just a slight amount of carbonation?
3) Regular bottles should work fine, but if you want a high level of carbonation then the bottle might need to be "heavier duty". Now I have no idea where to get heavy duty bottles, but "bottle bombs" are not as uncommon as we'd all like them to be...
4) Store them in the bottles as long as you'd like! I would personally wait at least a month. My meads that I've done before I'll start drinking after about a month, but if the first couple are too hot / need to settle out, I'll wait another 4-6 weeks before trying another.

Hope this helps - and let us know if you have any more questions!

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Old 10-22-2013, 03:36 AM   #3
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thanks for the warm welcome and the quick reply!

i think that a medium carbonation, aslong as the regular beer bottles could handle such, would be perfect. i've got quite a bit of bottles laying around! otherwise, i suppose a light carbonation would do.

thanks for the help!

i was planning to bottle soon, work permitting, and try to sample one around xmas, so that might work out.

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Old 10-22-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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1) can i go ahead and bottle this now?
2) i'd like to carbonate this, but how much sugar do i use?
3) are regular 12oz or 16oz beer bottles ok to use if i plan to carbonate? or do i need swing tops?
4) how long to store after bottling?

thanks again!
Missing a few details about the mead before we can really answer.

1. Is it clear? Can you read through it?
2. Has the gravity been stable?

Yes Beer bottles work great. I would not use a higher amount of pressure than the original beer held. There are calcs online, but I add 3/4 tsp of sugar per bottle (12oz) and 1.5 tsp for 22oz. You don't need swingtops.

You can store it as long as you want.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:27 PM   #5
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I have not consecutively checked the gravity, but I will.

How would I test to read thru it? Just put a piece paper on the other side of the carboy?

It appears to be pretty clear to me, but I'll test it further.

I am at work now but I will test it when I get home.

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Like a newspaper or a nutrition facts label will do fine. A lot of people rush early into bottles. Then 2 months later they post.

"HELP! Bunch of crap in my bottles. Is it ruined?"

Don't be that guy. Should look like this

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Old 10-22-2013, 05:36 PM   #7
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Got ya! Cool, thanks for the photo! I'll move it into some more light tonight and test it out. I'll also try to take a gravity reading as well.

Thanks again!

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Old 10-23-2013, 11:54 PM   #8
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so...i have been unable to test the gravity because i need to replace my thief and have not yet done so, but it is not very clear. atleast not nearly as clear as the above photos.

i suppose that's a sign to let it sit?

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so...i have been unable to test the gravity because i need to replace my thief and have not yet done so, but it is not very clear. atleast not nearly as clear as the above photos.

i suppose that's a sign to let it sit?
Or add finings or filter or both.....

You don't need a thief, a sanitised turkey baster works fine with a testing jar/tube and hydrometer.....
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:59 PM   #10
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sorry for the delay guys. i got sent out on a last second job for the past week or so. i was finally able to take a gravity reading today, and once i did, it was absolutely clear and read 1.000!

i don't have time to bottle today but i plan on doing so next weekend!

i guess the next question is how much dextrose to use?
it tasted very alcoholy to me, so i'm inclined to think that some fizzy carbonation would help that out...so i guess a medium carbonation...any thoughts?

thanks again guys!

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