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McJeff
08-30-2013, 09:05 PM
How best to store it?

fatbloke
08-31-2013, 01:49 AM
How best to store it?
Any way you want......

Though ideally, with bottles on their sides, in a darkened cave with low humidity and average temps in the low 50's (under a chateaux and vineyard worth at least 30 mill ;) ).....

You intending to keep it a while ? Or drink it reasonably soon ?

Cos I'm thinking labels and either shrink seals as a minimum or better still, bottling wax......

McJeff
08-31-2013, 07:20 AM
Right now the best spot I have is a basement that has been running 70s, 74 at the highest in the middle of the day.

McJeff
08-31-2013, 07:23 AM
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm251/yeoson/C87BE430-2D4C-4FBD-BEC6-B3F3B7B3C7F0-13515-00002CE7A718BCAD_zps04da0dfe.jpg

fatbloke
08-31-2013, 08:26 AM
Did I say "ideal" ?

If you can manage the ideal that's great, if not then store it how you can.....

Green or brown glass has longer term merits......

So if you have a basement or an "under the stairs" type space that might be a little cooler or consistent, brilliant......

TheAlchemist
08-31-2013, 08:50 AM
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm251/yeoson/C87BE430-2D4C-4FBD-BEC6-B3F3B7B3C7F0-13515-00002CE7A718BCAD_zps04da0dfe.jpg

Lovely. Happy Birthday.

danr
08-31-2013, 11:25 AM
If you have the space and your budget can afford it, you could pick up a used refrigerator or freezer and use a temperature controller to keep your bottled mead at a cooler temperature. This is even more useful for keeping fermentation temperatures in the ideal range.

McJeff
08-31-2013, 01:05 PM
I guess my real question is, will the constant warm temp ruin the bottled mead?

danr
08-31-2013, 01:20 PM
The impact of temperature on mead is highest during fermentation and I am sure that storing your mead in the mid-70s will not ruin it. Of course, for long term aging the closer you can get to "ideal" temperatures the better.

kudapucat
08-31-2013, 06:17 PM
I store mine any old place, because my basement is not yet complete.
I've aged meads 3 years, and had no issues. Perhaps it may have been better, or would last longer in ideal conditions, but there were no issues.
Your greatest concern is temperature fluctuations. 70-74 is better than 50-69
Just get it somewhere stable.

McJeff
08-31-2013, 07:53 PM
Well it should start cool down soon, so the basement will get nicer.

fatbloke
09-01-2013, 06:55 AM
forgot to say, nice green jugs. Glass presumably ?

The one gallon and 5 litre sized ones we see here tend to be clear glass, with a much smaller number of brown glass ones (these are the traditionally shaped ones similar to yours, but they usually have 2 finger lugs on the neck, instead of the 1 in your picture).

If I get the glass ones in plastic baskets (Italian origin I believe), those ones are green usually, but the smallest ones of those I've seen are 25 litres, moving up to 54 litres.....

McJeff
09-01-2013, 08:58 AM
Thank you, they are actually pretty cheap in the states 5-6 bucks. I personal don't like starting a batch in em just not enough room after fruit. But ill use them from secondaries.

fatbloke
09-01-2013, 11:22 AM
Thank you, they are actually pretty cheap in the states 5-6 bucks. I personal don't like starting a batch in em just not enough room after fruit. But ill use them from secondaries.
Concur there...

It's even worse for you. They are, I presume 1 US gallon. My ones are 1 imp gallon i.e. 4.55 litres, which is what ? about 20% larger, so in theory I could get the same amount of liquid but with fruit........except I learned about fruit batches about 8 years ago. They all start in buckets until the ferment is done ;D

kudapucat
09-02-2013, 05:12 PM
I've just been offered 2 imp gal jugs for $3ea.
How many do I buy?

McJeff
09-02-2013, 06:49 PM
I have seven and don't plan on getting anymore. Goin to move to all 3gallon jugs. Perfect for 2g batches.

fatbloke
09-03-2013, 02:05 AM
I've just been offered 2 imp gal jugs for $3ea.
How many do I buy?
As many as you can afford and have space for.....

Chevette Girl
09-03-2013, 07:17 AM
As many as you can afford and have space for.....

What he said! ;D