Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > CO2 source for bottling mead?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-30-2011, 04:32 PM   #11
Golddiggie
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Golddiggie's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Between here and there, and everywhere
Posts: 12,058
Liked 480 Times on 421 Posts
Likes Given: 266

Default

I think the more important thing will be how you bottle and what you seal the bottles with... If it's fermented out dry, and will be a still mead (did you back sweeten it to ensure the yeast is done, or stabilize it?) then I would cork the bottles and treat it like good wine. If using natural corks, lay it on it's side and relax. If synthetic corks, or caps, then you can leave the bottles standing up without worry.

I would also take a page from people that also make wine (the non-sparkling kind)...

I have four batches of mead that will be getting bottled sometime this year... They're still having yeast, and such, come out of suspension in them, but each time I rack, there's less in the bottom of the carboy. I'll probably rack just one or two more times before I put them into corny kegs for longer term aging (putting a tiny amount of CO2 over them, enough to get the seal to seat, then I'll release the pressure and fill with maybe 1PSI)... It is amazing how clear the traditional mead has become, compared with how it started out... Even after just ~4-1/2 months...

__________________
Hopping Tango Brewery

跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se

On Tap: Caramel Ale, Mocha Porter II, MO SMaSH IPA
Waiting/Carbonating: 12.5% Wee Honey II, 8.9% Old Ale, English Brown Ale, Lickah ESB, Mocha Porter II
Fermenting
K1:
K2: Epic mead
K3: TripSix
On Deck: Caramel Ale
Aging:mead
Mead [bottled]:Oaked Wildflower Traditional, Mocha Madness, Blackberry Melomel, maple wine
Golddiggie is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2011, 05:04 PM   #12
K5MOW
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Webster, TX
Posts: 418
Liked 9 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ace_Club View Post
Just bottle without CO2 purging. The small amount of time it is exposed to the air is not an issue. You can also add a crushed campden tablet to the mead and let it sit for a couple days to help prevent oxidation.

If you really want to purge, buy a CO2 tank and use that to purge each bottle and the bottling bucket, but it really isn't necessary.
Could you just put the Campden Tablet in the bottoling bucket and bottle right away.

Roger
__________________

primary: Cream Ale All Grain
Primary Canadian Ale
Primary: Caribou Slobber
Primary: Blackberry Mead Melomel
Primary: Caribou Slobber

K5MOW is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2011, 06:13 PM   #13
Ace_Club
Legendary Influential Brewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Ace_Club's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 36,702
Liked 1593 Times on 1510 Posts
Likes Given: 52738

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by K5MOW View Post
Could you just put the Campden Tablet in the bottoling bucket and bottle right away.

Roger
I think after mixing, you are supposed to allow it to off-gas for a day or two, but I'm not 100% on that.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by IrregularPulse View Post
I'll make my buddy do it with me next time. That'll make me go harder at it.
"If guns don't kill people, why do we give people guns when they go to war? Why not just send the people?" - Ozzy Osbourne

Sent from my iPhone 6.

Canon T2i | EF-S 18-55mm | EF 28mm 1.8 | EF 50mm 1.8 | EF-S 55-250mm

3 WHIPPED DOG straights, Gillette Ball End Tech, 1959 Gillette Fat Boy

Secondary: Strawberry Melomel
Ace_Club is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2011, 06:20 PM   #14
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 62,886
Liked 4947 Times on 3584 Posts
Likes Given: 1000

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ace_Club View Post
I think after mixing, you are supposed to allow it to off-gas for a day or two, but I'm not 100% on that.
No, you sulfite right before bottling. It binds to the wine so o2 can't.

I usually use one campden tablet per gallon at every other racking, which is roughly 50 ppm, and the same dose at bottliing. You don't want it to off-gas, otherwise it will lose the protection you just put in.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Find me on facebook: Lorena Evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2011, 06:26 PM   #15
Ace_Club
Legendary Influential Brewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Ace_Club's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 36,702
Liked 1593 Times on 1510 Posts
Likes Given: 52738

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
No, you sulfite right before bottling. It binds to the wine so o2 can't.

I usually use one campden tablet per gallon at every other racking, which is roughly 50 ppm, and the same dose at bottliing. You don't want it to off-gas, otherwise it will lose the protection you just put in.
Good to know. Thanks for the correction.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by IrregularPulse View Post
I'll make my buddy do it with me next time. That'll make me go harder at it.
"If guns don't kill people, why do we give people guns when they go to war? Why not just send the people?" - Ozzy Osbourne

Sent from my iPhone 6.

Canon T2i | EF-S 18-55mm | EF 28mm 1.8 | EF 50mm 1.8 | EF-S 55-250mm

3 WHIPPED DOG straights, Gillette Ball End Tech, 1959 Gillette Fat Boy

Secondary: Strawberry Melomel
Ace_Club is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bottling mead - Caps vs Corking mead - either method superior? WinsomeLass Mead Forum 29 05-23-2013 08:22 PM
Bottling my mead billtzk Mead Forum 5 01-17-2011 03:02 AM
Bottling mead? Bugaboo Mead Forum 8 11-02-2010 08:04 PM
Mead bottling: 12 oz, 22 oz, other..? beergears Mead Forum 14 03-20-2010 02:19 PM
Bottling Mead DesertBrew Mead Forum 6 10-30-2007 02:02 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS