mead problems

mead problems

Post by Moln » Fri, 25 Sep 1998 04:00:00



well, a friend of mine bottled a batch of mead about two weeks ago. the batch
had been in the carboy for two months after primary fermentation. he had
terminated the batch (didn't add stabilizer) and used sparkaloid to clear the
mead. after waiting the alloted two weeks, he bottled and forgot about it. last
night he pulled a bottle out to show me and we noticed sediment (like crazy)
all inside the bottle and the mead was cloudy again. i was like "uh oh. you
have renewed fermentation on your hands." we opened a bottle to see if i was
correct, and sure enough, the mead was sparkling slightly. my question is- what
do we do about this now? open the bottles and drop stabilizer in them? drink
them (hehehehehe) before they explode? we've not had any bottle bombs yet, and
i really am not looking forward to experiencing the sight firsthand.


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mead problems

Post by geor » Fri, 25 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> well, a friend of mine bottled a batch of mead about two weeks ago. the batch
> had been in the carboy for two months after primary fermentation. he had
> terminated the batch (didn't add stabilizer) and used sparkaloid to clear the
> mead. after waiting the alloted two weeks, he bottled and forgot about it. last
> night he pulled a bottle out to show me and we noticed sediment (like crazy)
> all inside the bottle and the mead was cloudy again. i was like "uh oh. you
> have renewed fermentation on your hands." we opened a bottle to see if i was
> correct, and sure enough, the mead was sparkling slightly. my question is- what
> do we do about this now? open the bottles and drop stabilizer in them? drink
> them (hehehehehe) before they explode? we've not had any bottle bombs yet, and
> i really am not looking forward to experiencing the sight firsthand.

Is it a little bit of sediment, or a lot of sediment? If a lot,
unbottle and pour into a carboy. Let it sit for another three months.
Then re-bottle. If it's just a little bit, be very careful of them.
The nice thing about mead "grenades" is the cork usually goes first.
So make sure they aren't pointing at anything. Personally, I get
nervous sitting in front of a wine rack.

-georg
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mead problems

Post by Moln » Sun, 27 Sep 1998 04:00:00


well, georg, it blew the cork.  :(   thankfully he only gave me ONE bottle-he
has the other 11   hehehehehehe
the bottles were in my closet, and mead shot all the way across my room,
spraying the walls, bed, and floor. it must have been a spectacular site, but
i'm glad i decided to get up early today. see, it wasn't blown when i got into
the shower, but when i came out i walked into my room and said "uh oh. it
smells like mead in here. something's wrong." i put my contacts in, and, TA
DA!! it would have been an interesting wake up call to have mead squirt all
over me though.  ;)


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Post by pau » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00


From my experiences with mead , I have had them still clearing after 3
years in a demi-john. Just have patients as mead is at its best after
4 - 5 years anyways .


Quote:

>well, a friend of mine bottled a batch of mead about two weeks ago. the batch
>had been in the carboy for two months after primary fermentation. he had
>terminated the batch (didn't add stabilizer) and used sparkaloid to clear the
>mead. after waiting the alloted two weeks, he bottled and forgot about it. last
>night he pulled a bottle out to show me and we noticed sediment (like crazy)
>all inside the bottle and the mead was cloudy again. i was like "uh oh. you
>have renewed fermentation on your hands." we opened a bottle to see if i was
>correct, and sure enough, the mead was sparkling slightly. my question is- what
>do we do about this now? open the bottles and drop stabilizer in them? drink
>them (hehehehehe) before they explode? we've not had any bottle bombs yet, and
>i really am not looking forward to experiencing the sight firsthand.


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Post by John » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>From my experiences with mead , I have had them still clearing after 3
>years in a demi-john. Just have patients as mead is at its best after
>4 - 5 years anyways .

A have to agree with that, mead does take longer than normal wine to
ferment.  On occasions, a -lot- longer.  I once had a 5-gallon bin of
banana mead still fermenting after two years....

When you get to taste it though, it will all be worth while (over 1/2
the wines I make are now meads).

Cheers

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mead problems

Post by geor » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> well, georg, it blew the cork.  :(   thankfully he only gave me ONE bottle-he
> has the other 11   hehehehehehe

Call him up, and tell him to immediately unbottle!!

I remember sitting in my living room, directly opposite the winerack,
petting my dog. We felt a zing right between us. She yipped and ran. I
looked at the wine rack, as the apple-cranberry mead glugged onto the
floor...

I like dry mead. :)

-georg
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mead problems

Post by Moln » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00


<<Call him up, and tell him to immediately unbottle!!>>

well, i did, and he walked into his brewing room while he was still on the
cordless phone. i heard him say "damn....too late." apparently he had been
storing the bottles upside down in a box because he is in the process of
building a wine rack in his closet. the corks blew, raising the bottles and
spilling mead everywhere. i guess that'll teach him, eh?


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