Originally Posted by magno
I put most of my mead in 1.5 litre wine bottles (and the rest in regular capped bottles). Should I store the corked bottles on their side and not worry about the minimal amount of sediment that will get resuspended when it is served? Will storing them standing up for about a year cause the corks to dry out?
You want to do SOMETHING to keep the corks from getting dry. You can either store the bottles on their sides, or store them upright in a realtively humid climate (wine fridge or cellar).
If you don't have the necessary humid climate to store them upright, my suggestion is to store them on their sides to keep the corks wetted. A few days before opening a bottle, stand the bottle up-right and give it a twist to dislodge the yeast that might be stuck to the side of the bottle.
Then, just allow enough time to pass for the yeast to settle to the bottom of the bottle before opening/serving.