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Jeff_beazley

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Hi,

Question of bottling a 5l demijohn of mead - would it affect the final product if I half full 750ml bottles?

Cheers,

Jeff
 

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my presumption would be yes due to oxidisation but happy for others to tell me i'm wrong....
 

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why not just use stubbies. ive just done a demi of mead into 500mls worked fine. id ether fill the bottle or leave it.
 

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I do not like to leave more than 2cm space in the neck of the bottle. The space is called ullege. If you have a half bottle use a 330ml beer bottle.
 

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Oxidation can be a problem OR a deliberate part of the taste profile. For example, sherry is a deliberately oxidised wine and tastes really nice. If your mead is sweet and high in alcohol it may actually benefit from oxidation but if it's a fresh, low alcohol type it will probably destroy it. If that makes sense.

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Just thought I'd bring this old post back to life with a question.

Whats the preferred type/colour bottle for Mead?

From what little research I have conducted, old white wine bottles and corks seem to be the best method for long term maturation?

Thoughts, experiences, ideas?

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Airgead

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I use old wine bottles and synthetic corks. Seems to work fine.

I tend to use white wine bottles (pale green) rather than the darker ones and I even occasionally use clear ones. Doesn't really seem to matter.

The synthetic corks are easier than the "real" ones and more consistent. You need a good corker though. Those double lever types just won't push them through.

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Dave
 

AntonW

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use nice small beer bottles with crown seals. it's a good way to bottle aged mead even if you aren't running short.

edit: Keep it in the demijohn as long as you can. Someone told me that the conditioning process happens better on a larger scale. Maybe because of the amount of yeast?
How you store your mead is probably more important than the bottles you store it in.

edit2: got confused by the new question... mixed 'em up.
 

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I've got a bunch of vintage coke bottles and regional soda bottles. They look great with mead in them. :)
 

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