View Full Version : Oops! Bottling question.

03-08-2011, 10:35 PM
Back before I bought any mead making equipment I made JOAM in a 1 gallon plastic water bottle with 1 whole orange, great value clover honey, bread yeast, 25 raisins. I made this on December 5, 2010. I bottled it yesterday but now I found my mistake. When i tasted some of it, it tasted pretty bad. I thought maybe it was contaminated but after tasting my chocolate mead before racking it into another carboy and then tasting the last little bit after racking, it was the same yeast taste. I laid the bottles on their sides in my basement and when i went down today they were clear but had sediment in the bottom. I want to transfer it to another bottle so that it doesn't sit on that sediment for another 3 months and so that it doesn't mix when I try to pour it into a glass.

My autosiphon doesn't fit inside the bottles and now I'm not really sure what to do. I thought about pouring it into a 1 gallon glass jug, but I don't want the pouring to oxidize it. I'm sure somebody has run into this problem before in their mead making career, what would you ladies and gents do?

Chevette Girl
03-08-2011, 10:40 PM
I'm pretty lax about oxygen exposure in general and even I haven't managed to oxidize a JAO yet, you're probably fine for just pouring to transfer it... I'd suggest letting your bottles sit upright (or at least on a slant) for a couple months to let stuff settle to the bottom of the bottle and then carefully pour the good stuff off the sediment into a freshly sanitized bottle.