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Old 09-01-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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So, I found out recently that I am going to be a Granddaddy!
I was thinking of what I could do to commemorate the event, and provide a “Legacy” for the little guy/girl. What I came up with was to brew up a sack Mead…. A real high gravity kind of thing, with tannins from steeping dead, dried oak leaves off the tree in my yard (I won’t brew until later this fall)… maybe even a bit of caramelized (read burnt) honey in there, (something that takes a good long while to age out) and giving it to my son with instructions to stick it in a closet and forget about it…. To be opened on my Grandchild’s 21st birthday. How is the best way to bottle such a thing? Wine bottles, corked and sealed with wax? Corked Single Malt Scots Whisky bottles sealed with wax? Plain old beer bottles? After all, it’s going to be in there a long time…..
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:17 PM   #2
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For something like that I'd go for some unique looking wine bottles or scotch bottles cork it and wax it. Sounds like a GREAT idea.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:41 PM   #3
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I'd probably split the batch and bottle half with crown caps (with or without a wax seal) and I'd bottle the other half using the highest quality cork I could buy (Scott labs USS grade from Presque isle for example) and topping that with a wax seal. I'm not sure which method will have the best chance of suviving 21 years, but I'm betting that some of them will make it.

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Old 09-02-2010, 11:28 AM   #4
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thanks for the ideas guys...
odds are I won't be around to see how it turns out..... so I'll have to hang on to some to "sample" a bit sooner.........
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