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Old 07-23-2010, 09:54 PM   #1
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I dont have 2 carboys, i only have a brew bucket and a better bottle. I wanted to make a 5 gallon batch of joes quick grape mead, and you have to rack in 7-14 days. So i was wondering if i could go first 2 weeks in brew bucket, then rack into better bottle? Anyone ever use brew bucket for first two weeks with any meads? Or would 2 inches of headspace be a issue?

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Buckets work great for primary fermentation. I always start my meads in them and rack into a carboy later.

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Old 07-24-2010, 02:34 AM   #3
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Buckets work great for primary fermentation. I always start my meads in them and rack into a carboy later.
After several batches of melomel and struggling to get the fruit out of the carboys after fermentation (especially JAOM), I switched to bucket fermentation as a rule. Much, much easier all the way round. Once I start to bulk age, then I use the carboys. I have smallish carboys I use for bulk aging, 2 1/2 & 3 gallons.
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I generally use glass all around, primary included, but I think plastic is probably OK for primary. I wouldn't worry about the headspace for primary...the active fermentation will get rid of any oxygen...you should be more concerned about that after you start racking....

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I've always used a pail or plastic trash can covered with a t-shirt for my primaries for both wine and mead. It's so much easier.



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Just to quell any of my paranoia what do you do to the t shirt to "sanitize"?

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Just to quell any of my paranoia what do you do to the t shirt to "sanitize"?
Nothing. I mean, don't pull a nasty dirty towel or t-shirt out of the dirty laundry. But clean is fine. I use clean towels to cover my primary for wine, mead, and cider. If you're truly paranoid, you can put some sanitizing solution in a spray bottle and spritz it but it's not necessary. The only reason to cover it at all is to keep fruitflies and other critters out. The towel does that.
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Summer, I like that spout, long enough to fit in the mouth of a bottle (or human for that matter). LOL Did you engineer that or buy it like that?

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I have always used plastic buckets for primaries of meads, ciders and wines.
I use a standard airlock with a plastic cover because if I did not I think the ants would go to town on it.
I usually rack to a carboy around a week after fermentation is completed for ageing.

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Summer, I like that spout, long enough to fit in the mouth of a bottle (or human for that matter). LOL Did you engineer that or buy it like that?
Hi Witch, I bought it a few years ago and I'm sorry I don't know where. Maybe this one? Drill a 1" hole about 3 inches above the bottom of the primary and leave the lees behind. I use a plastic tube for transferring to a glass secondary.
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