Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Bottling

  1. Default Bottling

    I bottled my first batch of mead today. The gravity has been at 0.998 since early July. I didn't use stabilizing chemicals though.
    I put the bottles in a box a few hours ago, and I just noticed one of the corks came completely out. Another one came out about a quarter inch. The rest seem to be fine.
    Does this sound like bottle bombs waiting to happen? Or is it maybe the wrong corks for those particular bottles? I used synthetic #9's.
    They're in a locked Tupperware now.

    Thanks for the help

  2. #2

    Default

    Are they fizzy? How full are your bottles? Did you let them set upwards for a few days before putting them sideways? Got a pic? Congrats on your first batch. WVMJ

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Ottawa, ON
    Posts
    8,368

    Default

    At a steady 0.998 you're probably fine, there's very little sugar available for the yeast at this SG.

    But as WVMJack suggests, I'd check for fizziness in the one that popped all the way out, there could be CO2 gas still dissolved if you didn't stir it around a bit after it finished to get it to degas.

    I found when I used to soak my corks (yeah, yeah I was a corksoaker, shut up, Manny) that the pressure created by shoving a cork into the bottle and compressing what air was in the neck of the bottle would often start the corks sliding back out again, I used to let them sit upright for a couple days before I turned them on their sides and sometimes I'd have to use my thumb and shove the corks back in... I found if I filled the bottles any more than my bottle filler wand would do at the bottom of the bottle, there wasn't enough airspace and compressing the air would push the corks out for the first few hours and sometims no matter what I did (including dropping my whole weight on my double lever corker) would get the corks in all the way.

    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

  4. Default

    Thanks!
    They don't seem to be fizzy. I had them standing upright when the cork popped out, but then I got nervous so I put them in the tupperware because it locks (but they're on their sides now).
    So far, so good, from the looks of things. What's the time frame for bottlebombs? If it's going to happen, will it be soon, or could they blow in a month or two?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Between Jackson and Detroit
    Posts
    2,003

    Default

    The few 'bottle bombs' with corks that I did long ago took about a month to show any signs of fizzyness...

    If they are that dry and you didn't add any sugar when you bottled they should fine.

    Also agree with CG about wet corks ...
    Bees stole my signature file!

  6. Default

    What about using old bottles? I've read both yes and no. Some friends gave me a case of bottles that have been laying around for who knows how long. Some weren't even rinsed out. Can I just soak them and scrub them or are they no good?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ellabell, Georgia
    Posts
    624

    My Social Networking

    Add Riverat on Facebook

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by brentG View Post
    What about using old bottles? I've read both yes and no. Some friends gave me a case of bottles that have been laying around for who knows how long. Some weren't even rinsed out. Can I just soak them and scrub them or are they no good?
    Nothing wrong with used bottles (but removing the labels LOL)
    You only go around once in life, but if you do it right, once is enough

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Between Jackson and Detroit
    Posts
    2,003

    Default

    As long as they don't show any cracks, or other deformities. I like to soak them in warm/hot bleach water, then rinse well with hot water afterwords... I also prefer nonscrew top bottles beer bottles...
    Bees stole my signature file!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Ottawa, ON
    Posts
    8,368

    Default

    The only wine bottle I've ever broken was a new one, but I've pulled the tops off of or cracked many a beer-like bottle... Don't even think about reusing Mike's Hard Lemonade bottles, just return them for deposit...

    Give it two weeks and then pop a cork. If it gets messy, well, you know you have a problem (might wanna do it over that tupperware or in the kitchen sink or something).

    I had one blow a cork at 6 months and I had one cork out of 12 bottles go after a year or more but none of the rest of that batch had carbonated so I have no idea what happened there.
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

Similar Threads

  1. First Bottling
    By Vino in forum The Hive
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-03-2009, 09:34 PM
  2. Bottling JAO
    By Keln in forum Mead NewBees - Post your Questions Here
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 06-19-2006, 03:04 PM
  3. 1st AO bottling
    By tookalisten in forum Mead NewBees - Post your Questions Here
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 01-29-2006, 06:03 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •