hist-brewing: My first mead.
michaelm at reliable-net.net
Tue Nov 20 03:59:49 PST 2001
I agree with the below...
I once had a happy accident. Bottled the mead, didn't stabilize it, and
fermentation continued a little. I had no problems with explosions with the
bottles that sat quietly in my basement, but one that I took on the road
with me, while crossing the Rocky Mountains, at a higher altitude and lower
atmospheric pressure, did start to push the cork out. I heard the squeaking
in the back seat and relieved the pressure. All of the mead carbonated
slightly, and was excellent.
p.s. I clarify mine with Bentonite, and while time does improve the flavors,
most are very drinkable at bottling.
> If you finished up with residual sweetness, you could use either potassium
> sorbate or potassium metabisulphite (or both) to stabilize the mead more
> There is always a bit of a concern that the little extra contact with air
> during bottling could revive an apparently dormant yeast. However, now
> it's in bottles, I suggest replacing the cork in one of them with a
> or screw cap so you can check on it from time to time.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lauri Murakami" <lauri.murakami at worldnet.att.net>
> To: <hist-brewing at pbm.com>
> Sent: Monday, November 19, 2001 12:04 PM
> Subject: hist-brewing: My first mead.
> > Hello,
> > I am new to mead brewing and have been lurking on the list for about a
> > year now. I have a couple questions if no one minds. I have just
> > bottled my first batch and want to make sure I did the right thing. I am
> > including my recipe.
> > On 11/9/00
> > 17 lbs. Local buckwheat honey
> > 3 t yeast nutrient
> > 2 t acid blend
> > 1/2 t tannin
> > Jasmine tea
> > St. Pats sweet mead yeast
> > The fermentation started off with a bang and I racked a little over a
> > month later. It then slowed way down. I racked once during the next
> > year. It took a year to clear. I didn't take readings as this being my
> > first try. It wasn't an active batch, in fact I thought it would never
> > clear and would have to dump it. It is a beautiful clear gold and I
> > decided to bottle it today. Therein lies my question. I noticed when I
> > was bottling that bubbles were forming on the siphon tube. There were
> > bubbles in the bottles after corking also. I tasted it (several times
> > ;-)) and it is wonderful but I did not taste carbonation. It is sweet
> > with a pretty good kick. I was sure it would have to age another year
> > having read mead may take a year after bottling before it tastes good.
> > My question is, did I bottle to soon and will my corks fly out? I am
> > hoping after all my patience I didn't ruin it. Any help would be
> > greatly appreciated.
> > Sincerely,
> > Lauri Murakami
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