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Old 05-28-2012, 01:21 AM   #1
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Since this is my first batch. I am Leary of the bottling. I have made many batches of beer but I think for some reason the residual sugars in the mead has me nervous. I don't want bottle bombs. What's the best procedure to carbonate mead?

And for the record the auto correct on my iPhone is to blame for my title. I can't edit it.

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:34 AM   #2
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what is SG now? What is your ABV? What yeast did you use? Are you going to use beer bottles? Do you want a sweet or dry mead?

So many variables to consider.

Basically if you want sweet carbonated mead......you sweeten to taste add another 3/4 cup per 5 gallons and pasteurize when properly carbed. The easiest way to tell this is to fill a plastic soda bottle and when it is good and hard it is time.

if you want a dry carbed mead.......confirm it is finished fermenting (3 consecutive SG readings the same over a week or 2 period) add 3/4 cup sugar / 5 gallons and bottle.

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Old 05-31-2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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the SG right now is 1.022 the OG is 1.113 ABV is 11.9%

It has been steady for months so i am sure fermentation is done.

I like how it tastes now, it is a Vanilla Chai Mead. i know weird recipe for a first mead. Its brilliantly clear and i plan on using beer bottles. how do you pasteurize mead?

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I haven't pasteurize mead but this works for cider.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/easy-stove-top-pasteurizing-pics-193295/

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If it has been steady SG for a month or longer I wouldn't pasteurize. I would use campden and degas real well before bottling. As you bottle fill a plastic soda bottle, use this as a monitoring device. If it becomes rock hard then you will need to pasteurize your beer bottles using the above mentioned link.

BTW.....your mead looks wonderful.....awesome bright color.

EDIT: just noticed you want carbed mead....you will have to pasteurize. Your mead is either stuck or has exceeded your yeast tolerance to finish at 1.022. Either way I would prob use 1118 and 3/4 cup per 5 gallons of priming sugar than pasteurize. The 1118 should restart fermentation and the priming sugar will allow you to maintain your current sweetness.

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one more edit.....unfortunately when you bottle carb you will lose some of your pristine clearness as the lil yeasties will settle out in your bottles.

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Why do you need to pasteurize to carb a mead? I'm planning on carbonating a mead in a couple of months, but doing it through force carbonation through a keg, then bottling. What would pasteurizing do?

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They are pasteurizing to stop the process, once a certain level of carbonation is reached to stop bottle bombs, thats what the one in plastic is for to monitor how much pressure is building.

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Why do you need to pasteurize to carb a mead? I'm planning on carbonating a mead in a couple of months, but doing it through force carbonation through a keg, then bottling. What would pasteurizing do?
Are you wanting to leave it sweet? If so you need to stop the fermentation process with chemicals or heat
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i think ill go the bottle carb route. if its stopped where its at should i try and do anything with the gravity or is it where a back sweetened mead would be?

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