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TheGiantGinger
10-14-2013, 10:07 AM
So as I'm desperately trying to save my 10th brew and not throw up at the same time (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22111), I've also begun to run out of space to easily store my unlabelled bottles and still have a hope in hell of remembering what they were. So tonight I decided to label everything I could and this is what it looks like:

http://i42.tinypic.com/nn03zb.jpg

What I've done for everything (except the ginger beer), has been to bottle the first 6 of any 5L batch in clear bottles and any thereafter in green and brown bottles of random shapes and sizes. I intend to drink the coloured bottles first and use the clear ones as Christmas gifts or for longer term keeping.

At the moment, I'm missing #2, a raspberry mead and #8, a cyser I've started recently... but that's just because I've still got them in the demijohns... waiting for them to finish or for more spare bottles.

.... and just as I'm looking at this, I've realised I've suggested that my traditional mead will be good to drink before I even bottled it. Oh well... nothing a black pen can't fix.

fatbloke
10-14-2013, 01:31 PM
Excellent.......

Looking good.

My only suggestion is that you should fill the bottles a bit higher, if they're still meads. Carbonated ones shouldn't matter.......

TheGiantGinger
10-14-2013, 11:04 PM
Fair enough, any suggestion how to do that with the bottling wand though? Or do I need to get rid of that?

fatbloke
10-14-2013, 11:24 PM
If its anything like my one, it seems that the space made after its lifted from the bottle is fine for 750ml bordeaux/burgundy bottles (hold a cork against the side of the bottles at the top and you get an idea of how much space is likely left etc).

Probably using a glass jug i.e. put some in a jug, use the bottling wand for speed mainly, then just top off from the jug.

Or ditch the wand (for beer bottles) and put a plastic tap inline, so you can still get the pipe to the bottom of the bottle but lift it gently as the liquid level rises, closing the tap when the liquid is at the desired level...

Something like that. After all, you're just aiming to fill with minimum splashing/disturbance to the brew.....

Chevette Girl
10-21-2013, 11:01 PM
The bottling wand leaves its own submerged volume behind as airspace, so the taller the bottle, the more space it leaves... if you want to keep using it for bottling in crown capped bottles, you just have to get used to depressing the valve against the side of the bottle to fill the very top after filling most of the bottle with the valve against the bottom.