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Old 03-23-2013, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default "Correct" Bottle for Mead?

Is there such a thing as a correct bottle for mead? I don't recall seeing anything consistently used but I thought I'd ask.

Yeah it's a stupid question but it's one of those things that's stuck in my head.

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Old 03-23-2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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what ever you can stick it in that looks old.

mead was already falling out of favor when other fermentables were getting common use and wineries breweries were standardizing bottles.

mead kind of missed it.

corked wine bottles might be the least wrong.

my 16oz caped newcastle bottles are very wrong

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Old 03-23-2013, 11:44 PM   #3
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Agreed. Whatever you put it in. Wine bottles are the most common. Beer bottles, belgian bottles and champagne bottles are used and so are ceramic-style bottles. Usually it depends on mead style too. A beer bottle may expect a lighter, beer-like mead to be had.

Perhaps one of the good things about mead has by not being popularized back then, is that there aren't as many bottle preconceptions. Other than drinking horns and mazer cups, of course.

Mine's in a keg. I'm lazy.

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Ooh, I like the ceramic bottle idea. Only thing with that is you can't see how pretty it is. I used a darker wildflower honey and it's like glowing amber ...

Of course I know I *can* put it in anything, was just curious if there was any traditional shape for it.

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everything looks great and traditional in belgian bottles

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Well I bottle mine in old amber beer bottles (Sam Adams, Flat Tire, Blue Moon, etc.)
with a regular oxygen absorbing crown cap and I slap a label on it. No problems thus far. If you want that Nordic feeling when you drink it, you could always sew up some little viking hats and put them over the cap

Technically, it's classified as a wine, so you could always cork it up as well. Either way, best of luck!

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I use 1L swing tops. I try to avoid corking whenever possible.

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I believe corked Wine bottles are what all the commercial meads are sold in, at least the ones I've seen. I use corked bottles and 12 oz beer bottles, Either way I pour into a wine glass, and wine stopper the beer / wine bottle.

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I generally use various color wine bottles...sometimes the color has something to do with the type of mead. I use green for my cysers, for example, and I try to use clear bottles for meads that have a really nice color, like berry metheglins. The only thing I'm really strict on is that I do use brown glass for my hop metheglins.

I do bottle a few of every batch using standard 12 oz longnecks with oxygen absorbing caps for sending to competitions...

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Well I bottle mine in old amber beer bottles (Sam Adams, Flat Tire, Blue Moon, etc.)
with a regular oxygen absorbing crown cap and I slap a label on it. No problems thus far. If you want that Nordic feeling when you drink it, you could always sew up some little viking hats and put them over the cap
I always try to put some in a 12 oz just in case I compete but I think a perfectly clear still mead is not going to age well in a smaller bottle. That might be BS, but I wonder how it can possibly age consistently and correctly in that format.

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I use 1L swing tops. I try to avoid corking whenever possible.
Is that just because you don't like corking or you feel it has some deleterious impact on the mead? I was leaning towards corking for the bulk of it because of the potential to positively impact the aging process. That and it's just cool.

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I believe corked Wine bottles are what all the commercial meads are sold in, at least the ones I've seen. I use corked bottles and 12 oz beer bottles, Either way I pour into a wine glass, and wine stopper the beer / wine bottle.
I've noticed the "zorks" are pretty popular now. Kinda neat but they remove any benefit from the cork. Worrying about "classic" bottles and using a zork is probably setting myself up for a lightning strike.

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I generally use various color wine bottles...sometimes the color has something to do with the type of mead. I use green for my cysers, for example, and I try to use clear bottles for meads that have a really nice color, like berry metheglins. The only thing I'm really strict on is that I do use brown glass for my hop metheglins.
I was leaning that way - especially this particular batch causing me to ask the questions. I wish I could get a good picture of the carboy because it almost glows on its own. It's far too pretty to put in a dark bottle.

You know I have yet to try a well-made hop metheglin or a braggot for that matter.
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