My Xmas mead is a success! I've decided (on the 1st of November) to start preparing for next Xmas. Larger quantity was the first requisite (I suppose every brewer finds this out.), my batch got claimed by friends and family faster than I could say "my mead is ready". Freaking vampires!
I'm very much into recycling and sustainable stuff like aquaponics, so here it is, my "mostly" from recycled stuff from around the house items, guetto mead fermenting setup.
The middle one will be a strawberry melomel eventually and it's resting in the original mineral water jug I used for that recipe.
The other 2 are food-grade plastic containers I've found in my french travels and they get the job done as long as it's not a hot liquid, of course.
I've got several meters of unused aquarium tubing from a hobby enthusiast, and I just used them to serve as my stopper. They're held in place to avoid water and oxygen passing through with a non-toxic glue used in food establishments. It's just a hole in the containers lids and the tube goes in a bit. That's it.
The tubes finish their journey inside those small empty honey jars. It's just water with tons of sea salt to avoid nasties. CO2 goes out, no O goes in.
It's beyond ugly, but hey, it works, it's cheap, and I can re-use most of it.
I have around 35 liters / 10 US gallons in there.
The strawberry one hopefully will be decent around summer time. The ladies are swooning already. The rest of the batch will just sit until I see fit. Probably next Xmas.
Feel free to leave any comments, any improvement ideas I could use, taking in consideration the recycling angle. I've been looking for large glass containers forever, but until now, nothing.
(P.S. Please ignore the PS3 and the martial arts diploma in the background. That's my man-desk and it's filled with all sorts of random junk)