View Full Version : Carbonateing in a normal wine bottle?

03-22-2015, 01:52 PM
So I'd like to carbonate some of my mead in the bottle. I've seen plenty of guides saying to use champagne bottles, but I get my bottles from friends and such and they are normal wine bottles. Does anyone know a good way to do carbonating with normal bottles? I'm not looking for a huge amount of carbonation, just a little fizz. Also I'm assuming I won't be able to carbonate the mead if I have already added potassium sorbet and the yeast is all gone. Is this a correct assumption?

03-22-2015, 03:05 PM
Wine bottles are not made to hold any pressure.

03-22-2015, 03:55 PM
Once you sorbate and sulfate you'll need a keg if you want to force carbonate. You can use beer bottles and crown caps if you haven't stabilized already.

03-22-2015, 05:55 PM
Carbonating in a normal wine bottle can be done. Just make sure you have plenty of eye patches on hand for the resulting blindness from shrapnel. They WILL explode.

Medsen Fey
03-22-2015, 09:05 PM
Beer bottles work and are usually easy to get.


03-22-2015, 10:41 PM
Champagne bottles are another way to bottle condition safely.

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03-24-2015, 07:32 AM
Don't use regular wine bottles if you plan to carbonate they can blow up. I always use champagne bottles and use the plastic stoppers and wire them in.

03-24-2015, 08:57 AM
swing tops are nice also

03-24-2015, 10:44 AM
I've always used beer bottles with crown caps or swing tops, but....I started out brewing beer, and moved on to mead, so....I've got beer bottles :)

03-24-2015, 12:25 PM
Oh they work just fine. I was the same when I started. Slowly I changed over. I still have some beer bottles for sending samples. I will also start using them to store away samples for aging.

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03-24-2015, 01:53 PM
I've come at this from starting to make mead for the first time ~2 years ago, fermenting anything alcoholic truth be told, then I found yet another fascinating fermenting hobby in the last couple months, beer. I have a lot of wine bottles, but I'm using beer bottles to hold most of my mead, 12 oz bottles of mead are far more drinkable than a 750ml one to me! But then I'm a lightweight nowadays... So gifts will go into the 750ml, my supply, samples, etc, are 12oz beer bottles...

03-24-2015, 11:39 PM
HIC. 12oz doesn't even get to the halfway point in DAS HORN. LOL.


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