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Old 03-24-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default Is bottling mead in beer bottles a bad thing for aging?

1.If you just bottle your mead in 12 oz. beer bottles, crown cap, and wax seal, will you have any problems when it comes to aging?

2.Does the size of the bottle itself matter?

3.Using this method, how long will it stay drinkable?

4. What is the best method to keep a bottle of mead as long as possible without oxidizing?


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Old 03-24-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Honestly if you have a decent amount of sulfites and a good seal I don't see why it wouldn't last many many years.


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Old 03-24-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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I've got a dry mead from late 2010 that I stored in beer bottles, unwaxed. The last one I had, a month or two ago, was the best so far.
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It's not that it's not going to age nicely. What you may find is a mild to moderate difference between the flavors in each beer bottle. This is why we age as much as we can in the carboy before bottling.

However, nothing is particularly wrong with bottling in beer bottles with crown caps. I do it!
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Just out of curiosity, why would differences in flavor be produced simply because of the bottle?
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Just out of curiosity, why would differences in flavor be produced simply because of the bottle?
Less temperature stability and different oxygen levels in bottles.
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Sounds like another addition to my list of mead experiments that needs to be done........
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So if I bulk aged a mead for about a year and then bottled it, do you think this would take out those negative factors? Or at least reduce them?
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I'm glad someone is asking this. I was wondering about this myself. Though, provided they dont spoil, subtle differences in each bottle sounds like a bonus.
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If you can, I would bulk age until it's how you like it, then bottle.


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