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Old 02-23-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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Can you make a 3 gal. batch of mead in a 6 gal. carboy?

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Old 02-23-2009, 10:13 PM   #2
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Can you make a 3 gal. batch of mead in a 6 gal. carboy?
Certainly you can start one in it, but I would not keep it in such a large volume container after the fermentation finished.
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Certainly you can start one in it, but I would not keep it in such a large volume container after the fermentation finished.
wouldnt the headspace be filled with co2 anyway? it should be fine, that is untill you start taking hydrometer reading and introducing oxygen back into the headspace.
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wouldnt the headspace be filled with co2 anyway? it should be fine, that is untill you start taking hydrometer reading and introducing oxygen back into the headspace.
Yes, but it will not stay there forever. You will eventually have to rack the mead, which is why I noted that, "I would not keep it in such a large volume container after the fermentation finished".

I didn't mean to suggest it needed to be racked immediately after fermentation was done...
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I had the same question actually. How long could you leave it in the larger carboy before oxygen became a problem. I haven't looked yet, but I think I might have a hard time finding a one gallon carboy in my area. Many of the LHBS I have found through various sources seem to have closed recently, though there still seems to be a large amount of wine specific places left.

I want to try doing a batch of JOAM, but I don't want to have to scale it up just to fit it into a larger carboy if I don't have too.

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Yes, but it will not stay there forever. You will eventually have to rack the mead, which is why I noted that, "I would not keep it in such a large volume container after the fermentation finished".

I didn't mean to suggest it needed to be racked immediately after fermentation was done...
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Yes, but it will not stay there forever. You will eventually have to rack the mead, which is why I noted that, "I would not keep it in such a large volume container after the fermentation finished".

I didn't mean to suggest it needed to be racked immediately after fermentation was done...
When the fermentation is done, don't you bottle and cork anyway?
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Unless you want to rack it to help in clearing. Or for additional flavorings. Or if you want to age it (as you most definitely should)

So shortly, no with mead you don't bottle it right after fermentation is complete. You are the very least need to wait for it to be crystal clear, as in you can ready a newspaper through it. It also helps to rack it off the lees to aid in clearing.

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I had the same question actually. How long could you leave it in the larger carboy before oxygen became a problem. I haven't looked yet, but I think I might have a hard time finding a one gallon carboy in my area. Many of the LHBS I have found through various sources seem to have closed recently, though there still seems to be a large amount of wine specific places left.

I want to try doing a batch of JOAM, but I don't want to have to scale it up just to fit it into a larger carboy if I don't have too.
Do you have a Whole Foods grocery store? I buy 1 gallon glass jugs of apple juice at Whole Foods for $6. A number #6 stopper fits fine.
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I had the same question actually. How long could you leave it in the larger carboy before oxygen became a problem. I haven't looked yet, but I think I might have a hard time finding a one gallon carboy in my area. Many of the LHBS I have found through various sources seem to have closed recently, though there still seems to be a large amount of wine specific places left.

I want to try doing a batch of JOAM, but I don't want to have to scale it up just to fit it into a larger carboy if I don't have too.


Dude, Go to one of the Hippie health food stores and check to see if they have organic applejuice in one gallon jugs - ALL of the 6-7 hippie stores on maui have applejuice in one gallon jugs, it's pricey at 14 -15 a gallon (maui prices, yeah...) but it is some damn tasty juice -so enjoy it and save the jug
OR buy a gallon jug of that nasty Carlos rossi jug wine in the supermarket and make sangria out of it - then save the jug...
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