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10-20-2012, 08:54 PM
Hi. Great forum here, I've learned lots over the last month and 1/2.

15 lbs. Colorado Wild flower honey.
3 tsp energizer
6 tsp nutrient
2 pkt D-47 yeast pitched at 70 degrees f.
Water to 6 galons.
OG 1.100
Racked to secondary 15 days later and SG = .998

Aged 6 weeks and cold crashed to clear.

Ready to flavor with herbal tea and bottle now.

Question: Can I carbonate this very dry mead with 1 cup honey and bottle it in to corked standard wine bottles, or do I have to use a different bottle?

Thanks for any advise.

10-20-2012, 09:03 PM
If your bottle priming, beer bottles, champagne bottles, maybe plastic bottles (?); I recently posted a thread about putting an already for onager mead into standard wine bottles, as a result of some posts I did more research and a standard wine bottle can only take ~3psi, and wine with a temperature swing of 8F puts 2psi pressure on the bottle. Definitely don't try bottle carbonating in standard wine bottles unless you want granades.

10-21-2012, 02:27 AM
+1 on that. Carbonation in standard bottles will likely give you bottle bombs.

Champagne or beer bottles for natural carbonation with bottle priming, or a keg set up for forced carbonation......

10-21-2012, 09:41 AM
All right. I'll save the wine bottles for still mead.

Thanks for the answer. It would be a shame to crash and burn on the last lap.