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Old 09-22-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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I have read through the first 35 pages of topics in this forum and haven't seen what I'm looking for, so I hope I am not asking a repeat question.

I would like to lightly carbonate my mead when I bottle it. Is there a safe carbonation level for regular wine bottles, or must I use champagne bottles for even light carbonation.

I am not sure what level I want, just a little "fizz" when it is poured.

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Old 09-22-2011, 11:29 PM   #2
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You'll get more authoritative responses from other members, but my opinion is that you can't reliably get any level of carbonation in a regular wine bottle. The bottle itself might be able to withstand a slight carbonation, but you run the risk of your corks popping out.

If you want a mild carbonation, I'd suggest using beer bottles – maybe the 22oz ones if you want something larger than the regular 12oz.

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Old 09-22-2011, 11:38 PM   #3
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Thanks. I will be using screw-top wine bottles, so the cork is not an issue, but I am really afraid of a bottle exploding from pressure. I have no idea how much pressure is too much.

I will bottle at least some in 12oz beer bottles, but would like to have a few regular size wine bottles for gifts.

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