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02-13-2009, 02:54 PM
I was wandering if I could get some help I am making my first dose of mead and I am wanting to know if a mason jar was air tight with out boiling it, Iv heard that you can bottle mead in mason jars as long as it is still mead. I know you can seal theme by boiling but i dont want to mess with the tast of the mead so will just screwing lid down airlock it. thanks.;)

02-13-2009, 08:47 PM
Hi meadloverj and Welcome To GotMead?!

Before you do your first "dose", take some time to read the NewBee's Guide (http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=108&Itemid=14). It will help you make sure your first batch is truly your first and not your last! If you haven't settled on a recipe yet, take a look at Joe's Ancient Orange. It's been done by hundreds of first time mead makers with great results.

As far a mason jars go: you can't be insured of an air tight seal without the vacuum formed by heating the jar and letting it cool. You'll always be at risk for oxidation and other problems. If you drink it quick, no problem! But mead is best with some age on it.

Non-screw top beer bottles work great. You can find them everywhere, probably even in your own fridge. Caps are cheap and a capper is about $15. Wine bottles and corks are another option. Either way is more secure than mason jars though.


02-14-2009, 04:58 PM
I've heard mention of "mason jars" hereabouts often.

It's a name that I'm unfamiliar with so are they the same as these ones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilner_jar) ?



p.s. as a kid, I can recall the screw topped ones but have only really seen the wired clip type "modern french" ones in the last 10 to 15 years...

02-14-2009, 05:10 PM
Very similar indeed. Here's the Wiki link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_jar).