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Old 02-17-2010, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default Moving... what do to with the mead?

So, my mead is at Day 11 and it's getting to about 16% which means I estimate that by the end of this week (20th of feb) it will be finished fermenting given PC's tolerance of 18%. The thing is I am moving late March and I don't have time to do a rack to secondary. Is it possible to let the finishing/mellowing process occur in the bottle? I'd probably bottle in about 3 weeks.

Sorry if its kind of a stupid question I just don't want to mess this mead up, for a harsh young brew it actually tastes good and is getting pretty dry.


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Old 02-17-2010, 06:00 PM   #2
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I'd leave it in the primary during your move.


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Old 02-17-2010, 06:08 PM   #3
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You don't want to bottle it until it is DONE; completely, totally, unquestionably DONE. If you are wrong, you may have exploding bottles. You really need to see that the gravity doesn't move at all for a few weeks to be certain, especially with the yeast that have high alcohol tolerance.

The simplest answer for moving is put it in a Corny keg if you have one. Then you can throw it around with abandon.

Otherwise, a PET Better Bottle is not going to break during transport, and that works well.

If it's in a plastic bucket, you could leave it in that until you are finished moving - a few weeks won't make a huge impact in most meads.

If it is in a glass carboy, they make crates that will hold them like glass water bottles, but transporting in a glass carboy would not be my preference. I think I'd find the time to rack it into something else - that will take less time than bottling it.

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Old 02-17-2010, 06:19 PM   #4
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age it in a keg if you have the option
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What about sorbating?
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:52 AM   #6
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You really need to rack this before you move, because

you need to elimnate as much of the lees before you put it in a

car where it will be bumped and shaken and the lees is put all back in suspension
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Thanks for the replies a few questions come to mind. Firstly, I was under the impression that sloshing around will mess up my mead so I could not take it with me as-is. Secondly, I thought I could add potassium sorbate to the mead and stop the fermentation process, then bottle. Is this not so?
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Don't mess with it. Don't add sorbate, don't worry about the sloshing. That's only a worry if you had a half full carboy that had oxygen in it instead of CO2 like it does now. Potassium Sorbate will kill the fermentation, but after a few weeks? No. Forget it. It won't be anywhere near done.

MedsenFey and AZ_IPA said it best. Mead is one of those things you leave alone for a long time. Moving is one of those times. Just leave it alone.

If you're bottling in three weeks, prepare for disappointment. Mead is not like beer. It doesn't finish quickly. Mead takes years to get good, more to get tasty. My 2007 mead is finally coming into it's own. Smooth and honey like, with an alcohol kick that's disappeared. When I first bottled it a year ago it tasted like a rubbing alcohol gargle with honey mixed into
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I'm rather new to the world of mead, but I'm also always moving. As a matter of fact, my full-time home has wheels and I drive it to the new jobsite every 2-4 weeks. And my mead sits inside my home whilst I drive it. Again, I'm pretty new to this homebrewing thing, and so far have bottled 2 one-gallon batches of JOAM (last fall), and 2 more one-gallon batches of JOAM using EC1118 (a couple days ago). They've all come out plenty tasty (though I've only had a little bit of the recent batches...waiting for it to mellow in the bottle a bit). The rule of thumb I'm operating off of is just to make sure I've been in my current location long enough for everything to settle back out before I do the bottling. As I get into more complicated fermentations, I may have to re-evaluate, but for these basic recipes, things have worked just fine.

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I would not rack it, just leave it in primary. If you rack it, the bottle will fill with oxygen and THEN slosh around. That would be bad. Right now it's under a nice layer of CO2. It'll clear back up after you move it.


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