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Old 12-06-2009, 01:57 AM   #1
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I made a 3gal batch of mead and stuck it in the primary about a month ago. I'm looking to transfer it to my glass carboy for some very long aging, but I only have 5-gallon ones. Is there anything I can do to make it so the mead won't be adversely affected?
I don't want to top it off with water because that would water it down. Would adding a bit more honey (like a cup) to cause more fermentation (thus producing CO2 to create a seal) be ok?

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One month in primary *check*
6-8 months in a carboy
1-2 months additional aging in the bottles


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Old 12-06-2009, 01:59 AM   #2
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I'd buy a three gallon carboy. You don't want to oxidize the mead, and you have way to much headspace to fill with sanitized marbles.


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I'd buy a three gallon carboy. You don't want to oxidize the mead, and you have way to much headspace to fill with sanitized marbles.
wow....I never thought of that using sanitized marbled to solve that issue....GENIUS!


I agree, an investment in a 3 gallon carboy may be your best bet. Or just make it a 5 gallon batch
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Do you know anyone who kegs? You could take the carboy and have them shoot some CO2 into it, then cap it off.
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Do you know anyone who kegs? You could take the carboy and have them shoot some CO2 into it, then cap it off.
I have a keg and a CO2 5lb, I just need to get it filled.

How would I go about doing that?
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I have a keg and a CO2 5lb, I just need to get it filled.

How would I go about doing that?
Just get the 3 gallon glass carboy, val. Or use 3 1-gallon carboys or something lol
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Just get the 3 gallon glass carboy, val. Or use 3 1-gallon carboys or something lol
I'm just worried that I'll never really use them again....which sounds likely
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I'm just worried that I'll never really use them again....which sounds likely
Psh, yes you will. If you ever want to split a 5-6 batch of beer to throw in some additions (e.g. oatmeal stout; take 1/2 of it and add some oak cubes, bourbon, vanilla bean, blueberries, puree cherries, or whatever you want and have 1/2 regular oatmeal stout and 1/2 vanilla oak-bourbon oatmeal stout or something).
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Ok, you've sold me. I'll buy a 3gal Better Bottle from Brewmaster's with my next order
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Ok, you've sold me. I'll buy a 3gal Better Bottle from Brewmaster's with my next order
Don't be afraid to call BMW and talk to Ed if you have any questions or if he forgot to add something to your order or something of that nature. Ed is awesome ;o


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