Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > do you need to secondary?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-06-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
pujiman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 39
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default do you need to secondary?

I'm have my first batch of mead going in primary. Would i be able to go from primary straight to bottling and let it age a few months in the bottle? I hear mead oxidizes easily and i don't have any co2 to fill the secondary with


pujiman is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 12:16 AM   #2
Arpolis
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Posts: 2,161
Liked 205 Times on 188 Posts
Likes Given: 36

Default

Yes you can if you are careful enough. The JAOM recipe even mentions to bottle from primary. I don't bottle from primary in most meads but I have done that with wines. The only problem I find with it is that when siphoning off the clear liquid I keep the racking cane a good half inch above the yeast to help make sure I am not sucking much up.

So long story short it can be done but you run greater risk of transferring sediment into the bottles.


__________________
A painting says a thousand words. But a painting while on good mead just looks funny!
Arpolis is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 02:51 AM   #3
skunkboy
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near Detroit, MI
Posts: 40
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

You may want a secondary depending on which yeast you used. If using lalvin 1122 its a good idea to get it off of the lees, if you are refering to your chablis mead, then I'm not sure if that sweet mead yeast has issues with lees aging or not...
__________________
-----
Bees stole my sig file
skunkboy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 07:55 AM   #4
saramc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: suburb of Louisville, KY
Posts: 1,743
Liked 149 Times on 135 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

In my experience, mead does not oxidize any easier than wine. The key outside of pH maintenance is in the handling: to keep your carboy topped up, avoid splash racking, keep racking to a minimum and consider using k-meta for its antibacterial/antioxidant properties. You really need to rack your mead a few times do you are going to have to rack it into preferably a fresh carboy as you typically want a 60 day window in which there is no sediment ('lees') fallout from your clear & degassed mead before you consider bottling. Even with a mead made from the basics, no fruit component added, you will almost always drop lees for 4-6 months.
__________________
Motto: quel che sara sara
saramc is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 08:53 AM   #5
WVMJ
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WVMJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Karnage, WV
Posts: 1,315
Liked 135 Times on 127 Posts
Likes Given: 22

Default

Are you planning on using beer bottles or champagne bottles so that when it ferments a little more it wont blow your bottles? WVMJ

Quote:
Originally Posted by pujiman View Post
I'm have my first batch of mead going in primary. Would i be able to go from primary straight to bottling and let it age a few months in the bottle? I hear mead oxidizes easily and i don't have any co2 to fill the secondary with
__________________
Country Wines with WVMJ
WVMJ is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 08:03 AM   #6
pujiman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 39
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I'm still trying to decide which would be the best bottle type, I'm not sure about the process of getting corks into bottles so i was probably gonna stick to beer bottles. I saw some blue ones i thought might be cool. I'm doing this for my friends wedding so i definitely wanna do it right, i think I'm gonna invest in another carboy for secondary.


pujiman is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My first secondary. I officially HATE secondary DansBrew Fermentation & Yeast 21 01-17-2015 06:16 PM
Need advice with secondary vs non secondary experiment gkal1964 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 15 05-14-2011 08:36 PM
Two questions. Adding oak chips in a secondary. 4 gallon batch in 5 gallon secondary agurkas Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 11-25-2010 05:02 PM
Apfelwein with honey secondary and oatmeal secondary idea Stinky Wine Making Forum 0 02-12-2009 12:07 AM
Secondary Carboy Fermentation Vs. Secondary Bottling Fermintation. MntFresh General Techniques 9 05-17-2007 06:58 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS