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redbeard12345
09-08-2014, 11:49 AM
This is our first time making mead or any alcohol.
After 30 days fermentation we bottled it yesterday. Today the corks blew off.

Can I re-bottle it?
Will it be infected with bacteria?
Should I put it back into the demi-johns with water filter?
Cheers

ostensibly
09-08-2014, 01:43 PM
30 days is awfully quick, it's probably still fermenting. I'd def put it back into the demijohn until the gravity reads no changes for a couple of weeks (if you have a hydrometer). If no hydrometer, maybe wait til there's no airlock activity for a few weeks, cold crash and stabilize. then bottle.

fatbloke
09-08-2014, 02:38 PM
30 days is awfully quick, it's probably still fermenting. I'd def put it back into the demijohn until the gravity reads no changes for a couple of weeks (if you have a hydrometer). If no hydrometer, maybe wait til there's no airlock activity for a few weeks, cold crash and stabilize. then bottle.
+1 on that......

You're quite lucky that the corks blew and not the glass........

Chevette Girl
09-08-2014, 02:44 PM
+2 on that, and it's still seriously fermenting if it only took a day to blow the corks! Back into the demijohn, and if you are worried about infection, get some campden tablets and some potassium sorbate and follow the directions to stabilize your mead before you re-bottle it, it should take care of stopping further fermentation as well as any infectious organisms that might have found their way in. Although I wouldn't be too worried about infection as it's difficult for bacteria to get a hold when active fermentation's still going on. And the hydrometer's a good idea too.

redbeard12345
09-08-2014, 03:13 PM
Thanks so much

Medsen Fey
09-08-2014, 05:34 PM
If any bottles didn't pop the cork, put them in the fridge and chill them down to reduce pressure then open them and pour them back into the fermenter and keep under airlock.

kudapucat
09-09-2014, 11:07 AM
+1 opening high carbed bottles is unpleasant if warm.

Try not to disturb the corked bottles too much, I'd hate for you to trigger the fuse on a bottle bomb.
I'd dress in heavy clothes and wear safety glasses.

psychopomp23
09-09-2014, 02:11 PM
Gharrr there she-a blows!