View Full Version : Bottling for Competition

05-20-2014, 10:08 AM

What bottles do you use for competition? If you use 12oz beer bottles, how much head space do you allow and do you use a crown cap? Do you sulfite your mead to stabilize it? BTW, normally I bottle still meads in 750ml wine bottles and carbonated mead in 24oz beer bottles? I only cold stabilize.


05-20-2014, 10:20 AM
I've done both 12oz beer bottles and 750mL wine bottles. Some competitions will allow wine bottles for mead, sorta makes sense, right? Here's the hitch: I helped judge one of the contests into which I entered my meads. All of my bottles got stuck in the first round, because the coolers could hold lots of 12oz bottles, but didn't hold wine bottles well/at all. Result? My beverages sat out on the table longer, growing warmer, while the rest were stashed away in coolers. Temperature difference between my entries and most the others was appreciable. Not a fair contest at that point, in my opinion.

In the future if I wish to enter competitions, I will bottle some mead in 12oz beer bottles.