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06-03-2005, 11:04 AM
I have about 5 1/2 gallons of mead thats ready to bottle, by my math I need 27 - 750ml bottles.

Does the color of the glass make any differance? (2 1/2 gallons, a nice red pomegranate mead)

Would cycling the bottles (neck down) through the dish washer serve to sanitize them?

With over two cases of bottles needing corks this weekend, and a 5 gallon batch started last night, any recommendations as to which floor corker is the best?

Any advice on storing bottled mead?


David Baldwin
06-03-2005, 11:24 AM
OK, I'm no expert here (cellar rats - namely me - make it hard to bottle age my own)

Dark is always best. Especially if you have not stabilized with sulphites and sorbate.

I like to use brown bottles when I can, although I do scrounge bottles, and have a stash of clear and green. I'll probably use more of those when I get a floor corker.

My LHBS has a really neat floor corker that will do everything from magnums down to the little 185ml bottles. It seems to function well and only sets you back about $50. I haven't gotten one yet.

I have an abundance of brown long-neck Samual Adams bottles, so I bought a capper the other night. I'm in love with it. It is easy to use and makes a good seal.

I try very hard to keep my aging meads out of the light. Eventually I'll have an area of my basement that is set up as a wine cellar. I'll keep the humidity constant and keep the light out entirely.

(dreaming big here now - I'd love to eventually have an oak barrel or two for aging)

I have used the dishwasher to sterilize the bottles with good results. I use a cup of bleach - unscented - and let it dry on the heat cycle.

06-03-2005, 11:33 AM
Are you using wine or champagne bottles?

If they are wine, and it is sparkling, be very careful about glass grenades.

If you're using champagne bottles, you can always use plastic corks with cages, then you don't need a corker.

Personally, I put most of my mead (anything I intend to drink myself rather than give away) in used plastic 2-liter bottles, and then use champagne bottles for gifts.

06-03-2005, 07:45 PM
I understand the problem with celler rats ;), I need to bottle the pomegranate mead so I can save some for the holidays. The straight mead is to sweet for my taste (my woman likes it), so there's less worry of it evaporating before I can bottle it.

This batch is not a sparkling mead, thought I'd use wine bottles. I've used 2 liter bottles to get the mead out of the carboy's (to much headspace) and into the fridge.


06-25-2005, 11:36 AM
Actually, As long as they are not being stored in the sunlight, any color will do. My really pretty wines and meads I put into clear bottles to show them off.

Do get a floor cork if you are going to be corking a lot of bottles. It will save you alot of sweat and anguish.

And storing, just like wine. Cool dark location temp stable between 54-64. humidity between 50-70%.