Originally Posted by bribo179
I have found a mead recipe I would like to try. The ferment/condition time is 2 years. After one year you are suppose to rack the mead to a secondary.
My question for this mead and all others. Can both the primary and rack to a secondary be in standard 6.5 gallon plastic fermenters with an airlock? Or do you have to rack to a glass carboy.
The reason I am asking - Glass carboys = $35+ . Plastic fermenters = $13
If headspace is an issue I can always make the 5 gallon recipe a 6 gallon. Heck, if it is sitting for 2 years and I can get an extra gallon ...why not?
what yeast does it call for?
a lot of yeast will be done within a month unless your running it really cold or in extreme conditions.
i use plastic fermenter then rack into carboy, you can leave in that as long as you like/need. any long term storage should not be in plastic.
thats one curse of meads is them having to spend a long time aging tieing up expensive carboys.