Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > My Carboy Froze!
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-06-2014, 05:55 PM   #1
Arpolis
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Posts: 2,044
Liked 192 Times on 178 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default My Carboy Froze!

Hahaha

As with most of North America in general we here in Oklahoma are getting record low temps. I have had all sorts of things to worry about over the last few days and just a second ago I realized... I have a 5 gallon carboy with some 1+ year old ginger mead in it out in the shed! I have been cold crashing it over the last 10 days or so because I back sweetened with some honey and it was not clearing as fast as I would like. I carried it in and it is pure slushy lol. I need to check my records but it should be 13%-14% ABV by itself but now I have some concentrated gingery alcohol... Hmmmmmmm I could not keep my self from trying some and damn this is good stuff. Soooo smooth and sweet/gingery. Once it is thawed and if clear I am definitely bottling this up.

Has anyone else ever accidentally frozen a carboy?

__________________

A painting says a thousand words. But a painting while on good mead just looks funny!

Arpolis is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 04:14 AM   #2
JLP
Interactive
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JLP's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
Posts: 342
Liked 21 Times on 17 Posts
Likes Given: 33

Default

I partially froze a beer once. During a heat wave I had to put my fermenting beer in my spare fridge, and play with it every hour to get it to stay at fermentation temps. I came back from work, and found it starting to freeze. It doesn't hurt the beverage really it seemed, but it sure as hell kills a good portion of the yeast!

__________________
JLP is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 04:22 AM   #3
TANSTAAFB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: San Luis Valley, CO
Posts: 1,761
Liked 113 Times on 91 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

Eismead! Don't let it thaw, you have just successfully freeze distilled your mead... the ice is water, the rest is concentrated mead. If it is delicious and smooth you should bottle it, might be around 20% now!

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mirilis View Post
"I cant handle that buddy.. it tastes like Moose Piss", (IPA) - side note.. ive never had moose piss, but im sure it doesnt taste like IPA or I would have a moose.
Bottled: Grizzly Saison, Grizzly Brett, Session Pale, Colorado Cream Ale, Cranberry Apfelwein
Primary: -37* Blue Balls Baltic Porter, Bad Dog Brown, Bohemian Pilsner
Secondary: Rarely!!!
Future: Cognitive Dissonance Cascadian Dark Ale
TANSTAAFB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 05:40 AM   #4
Arpolis
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Posts: 2,044
Liked 192 Times on 178 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TANSTAAFB View Post
Eismead! Don't let it thaw, you have just successfully freeze distilled your mead... the ice is water, the rest is concentrated mead. If it is delicious and smooth you should bottle it, might be around 20% now!
Lol oh I know! But I am more of a casual drinker and the 13ish% it is at without freeze distilling is enough for me. She is already thawed now so already done. Just thought I would taste the concentrated stuff out of curiosity. Was good but sure was enough alcohol for me to not want a full glass.
__________________

A painting says a thousand words. But a painting while on good mead just looks funny!

Arpolis is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 05:24 PM   #5
stonecutter2
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
stonecutter2's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 217
Liked 23 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TANSTAAFB View Post
Eismead! Don't let it thaw, you have just successfully freeze distilled your mead... the ice is water, the rest is concentrated mead. If it is delicious and smooth you should bottle it, might be around 20% now!
Eismead - that's a great idea
__________________

Primary: JAOM, GW Small Beer v3
Secondary:
Bottled: 15 Minute Cascade Pale Ale, Cream of 3 Crops, George Washington's Small Beer, Sam Adams Holiday Porter Clone
TO DO/BREW: Spruce Beer

stonecutter2 is offline
Newsman Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2014, 05:51 PM   #6
TANSTAAFB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: San Luis Valley, CO
Posts: 1,761
Liked 113 Times on 91 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by stonecutter2 View Post

Eismead - that's a great idea
Could be a whole new style...
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mirilis View Post
"I cant handle that buddy.. it tastes like Moose Piss", (IPA) - side note.. ive never had moose piss, but im sure it doesnt taste like IPA or I would have a moose.
Bottled: Grizzly Saison, Grizzly Brett, Session Pale, Colorado Cream Ale, Cranberry Apfelwein
Primary: -37* Blue Balls Baltic Porter, Bad Dog Brown, Bohemian Pilsner
Secondary: Rarely!!!
Future: Cognitive Dissonance Cascadian Dark Ale
TANSTAAFB is offline
Newsman Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2014, 06:54 AM   #7
WVMJ
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Karnage, WV
Posts: 1,001
Liked 92 Times on 87 Posts
Likes Given: 21

Default

Arpolis, So did the freezing help clear it up or is it still cloudy? WVMJ

__________________
Elderberry Winemaking with WVMountaineerJack
WVMJ is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2014, 02:16 PM   #8
Arpolis
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Posts: 2,044
Liked 192 Times on 178 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WVMJ View Post
Arpolis, So did the freezing help clear it up or is it still cloudy? WVMJ
Well yes and no. It seemed to create denatured proteins from the honey I used to sweeten the mead and they are slowly falling out of the mead. If you watch it it looks like it is standing still and nothing is moving. It is like a lot of floaty gelatin looking bits all through the mead. But coming back to it every half hour or so I can see that the proteins are just falling super slowly. So it is clearing and should be great either tonight or tomorrow.
__________________

A painting says a thousand words. But a painting while on good mead just looks funny!

Arpolis 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
Froze a keg...now what? Darwin18 Bottling/Kegging 4 09-24-2013 01:10 PM
Froze my carboy, am I screwed? Houseoffubar Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 03-29-2013 02:49 AM
I froze a KEG!! Reverend JC Bottling/Kegging 27 01-08-2013 08:43 AM
MY Keg froze! jhonda00 Bottling/Kegging 4 10-06-2009 02:37 AM
Froze a keg. CplHunter Bottling/Kegging 0 09-16-2007 06:04 PM