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Old 03-09-2010, 05:21 PM   #1
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Assuming I am willing to tie up a carboy for potentially years, how long can you leave a mead to bulk age? Is that even wise, or should you bottle after say a year of bulk ageing? I want to make a mead to celebrate the birth of a first grandchild. My daughter will be marrying in a few months, so I don't expect a grandchild for probably a good two to four years. I figure it will be fully mature though by the time that does happen. By the way, I do have the patience to pull this off.

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Old 03-09-2010, 05:30 PM   #2
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You can age it as long as you want. Just keep the airlock filled (or use a cap without an airlock) and keep it topped up to prevent oxidation.

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ok when you guys say topped up do you mean literally topped up? Like as in an inch from the stopper?

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ok when you guys say topped up do you mean literally topped up? Like as in an inch from the stopper?

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Yes. You want to have it to the narrowest part of the carboy, just below the bung.
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cool thanks.........should I top that full while its sittin on apples and cinnamon as well? Or wait till I rack it the next time? how long before i rack off the apples etc?

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cool thanks.........should I top that full while its sittin on apples and cinnamon as well? Or wait till I rack it the next time? how long before i rack off the apples etc?
That, I couldn't say. I've never added fruit to a finished mead. I usually leave fruit 5 days in wines, though.
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This is good to know, I have had my first experimental meads sitting in their 1 gallon jugs for 7 months now. I think it is bottling time

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Assuming I am willing to tie up a carboy for potentially years, how long can you leave a mead to bulk age? Is that even wise, or should you bottle after say a year of bulk ageing? I want to make a mead to celebrate the birth of a first grandchild. My daughter will be marrying in a few months, so I don't expect a grandchild for probably a good two to four years. I figure it will be fully mature though by the time that does happen. By the way, I do have the patience to pull this off.
I've got a couple meads & cysers that have been bulk aging for about 4 years now, I have a wee taste at least once a year to see how they're progressing. They're pretty high ABV, so it's going to take a while for them to be good. Just rack/sulfite as needed & follow Yooper's advice, you should be good to go. Regards, GF.
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The oldest thing I've got in bulk is a bit over 2 years, but I have some batches that currently aging with a plan for at least 5. The revered Brother Adam felt like 5 years was a minimum, and for sack strength meads felt they needed at least 7 years of barrel aging.

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Thanks people for the replies.

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