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McJeff
08-18-2013, 10:40 PM
Got the idea from seeing a SodaStream commercial. Does it work ares there better/other options?

kchaystack
08-19-2013, 12:04 AM
Do not try and carbonate anything but water in a soda stream. I own one. I love it, but if there is anything but water in that bottle, you will just make a mess. The sugars and other stuff cause bubbles - like blowing into milk with a straw.

It goes every where. There are youtube videos of it.

Midnight Sun
08-19-2013, 01:31 AM
There aren't all that many ways to effectively and safely carbonate mead other than bottle priming or using a keg system.

There are a few methods such as this one (http://www.fizzgiz.com/DIYSodaMaker.htm) and this other one (http://www.amazon.com/Soda-Shaker-Inc-U-Fizz/dp/B001P1MUGK?ie=UTF8&tag=conofamorfoo-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969), but neither offer a way to regulate the pressure. Not worth it IMO.

Got any friends that have a kegging system? If not, any local homebrew clubs? Always good to know a few of those folks as they might be willing to trade some brew for carbonation service....

McJeff
08-19-2013, 05:17 AM
Booo ok :(

kudapucat
08-19-2013, 05:48 AM
I have lids that fit PET bottles, that clip onto my keggerator. It's quite effective.

Riverat
08-19-2013, 09:48 AM
I have lids that fit PET bottles, that clip onto my keggerator. It's quite effective.

Like this?

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shop/bottling/the-carbonater/

I think they can be had cheaper than this though, forgot how much I paid for mine.

mannye
08-19-2013, 11:04 AM
Still, a corny keg immersed in ice water and a 5lb bottle of CO2 with the pressure nice and high will get him the results he wants in a few hours.

Marshmallow Blue
08-19-2013, 11:47 AM
Yeah bottling in beer bottles with a wing capper is really easy, and you don't need a kegging set-up.

mannye
08-19-2013, 04:17 PM
Yeah but for that he needs to prime the must. I get the impression he has finished mead he wants to carbonate.

The only easy way is with a corny keg setup.

Unless it can take mixing with club soda.

Marshmallow Blue
08-19-2013, 04:23 PM
He hasn't provided much more info than he though about carbonating with Sodastream. but if he's stabilized, than yeah Kegs probably the only option. If he has a bottle mead that wasn't stabilized, than he can rebottle it into beer bottles with some priming sugar and give it a shot.

Midnight Sun
08-19-2013, 05:06 PM
He hasn't provided much more info than he though about carbonating with Sodastream. but if he's stabilized, than yeah Kegs probably the only option. If he has a bottle mead that wasn't stabilized, than he can rebottle it into beer bottles with some priming sugar and give it a shot.

The problem with doing it this way is you have to start out with a dry mead or else add unfermentable sugars to up the FG. I suppose you could try the Champagne method, and back sweeten after bottle conditioning. That's a pain though.

Midnight Sun
08-19-2013, 05:15 PM
Sorry, I should have been more clear in my post. If you decide to bottle prime, then you need a dry mead....

kudapucat
08-19-2013, 05:40 PM
Yes, like that, but stainless steel, like this:
http://bit.ly/152UdwN

McJeff
08-19-2013, 06:10 PM
Yeah sorry I was just wondering if some existing mead could be carbonated.

kudapucat
08-20-2013, 06:59 AM
And the answer is yes.
Also: got a JAO that's too sweet? Carbonating it makes the world of difference.

Riverat
08-20-2013, 09:41 AM
Yes, like that, but stainless steel, like this:
http://bit.ly/152UdwN

Oh now that is sweet! Haven't seen a SS one on this side of the pond.

kudapucat
08-20-2013, 05:28 PM
Yeah, apparently the plastic ones don't last all that long. Mine are indestructible, mind you, I paid suitably for them.