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Old 01-10-2007, 02:36 AM   #1
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I had a unique experience the other day when I bottled my first batch of mead. I bottled my mead still (about 3 weeks after I added K sorb and additional honey) in wine bottles. Sometime in the 2-4 hours following my bottling one of my bottles either shot the cork out or the cork just slipped out or something. Anyway, I'm not sure what happened, I went down into the basement a little after I had bottled the mead and noticed mead all over the floor and one of the bottles in the rack without the cork. The cork is still MIA, so I assume it got shot somewhere. With such a short time I can't see it being contamination, but who knows? Anyone got any ideas?

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Old 01-10-2007, 02:38 AM   #2
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Uh, check the ceiling for the cork...

Sorry, none. Too early I would think, but something pushed it out...scratches head...

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I had a unique experience the other day when I bottled my first batch of mead. I bottled my mead still (about 3 weeks after I added K sorb and additional honey) in wine bottles. Sometime in the 2-4 hours following my bottling one of my bottles either shot the cork out or the cork just slipped out or something. Anyway, I'm not sure what happened, I went down into the basement a little after I had bottled the mead and noticed mead all over the floor and one of the bottles in the rack without the cork. The cork is still MIA, so I assume it got shot somewhere. With such a short time I can't see it being contamination, but who knows? Anyone got any ideas?

It had to have still been fermenting. When did you add the honey? How are the other bottles??
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I added the honey 3 weeks ago, about 2 days after I added K sorb and K meta, so the yeast (and anything else) should have been dead. The other bottles are fine. It really doesn't make sense....like I said I was in real short order after I bottled it. Who knows?

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I added the honey 3 weeks ago, about 2 days after I added K sorb and K meta, so the yeast (and anything else) should have been dead. The other bottles are fine. It really doesn't make sense....like I said I was in real short order after I bottled it. Who knows?
Just a guess but if you had not fermented to dry and racked a couple of times after you still had active yeast. K Sorb and K Meta don't stop an active ferment in mead unless used in very large amounts.
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I added the honey 3 weeks ago, about 2 days after I added K sorb and K meta, so the yeast (and anything else) should have been dead. The other bottles are fine. It really doesn't make sense....like I said I was in real short order after I bottled it. Who knows?
So I'm assuming this was just one bottle then. ..

Depending on what kind of bottle you used, there may have been some old yeast in the bottle that livened up again. . .

I don't really know, though. Hopefully the rest of the batch behaves.
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