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Title: Bottling my first Mead...Advice??
Post by: liquidbrewing on June 09, 2012, 07:25:58 AM
So, I'm gonna bottle my first mead today.  I have a Beer Gun, I only bottle one batch of beer a year, my yearly Barleywine.  I never purge the bottles, since I add extra yeast and sugar when I bottle.  I figure the secondary fermentation will push any O2 to the top of the bottle.

But my mead is going to be still.  Should I purge the bottles with CO2 or just bottle them up?  Would a little oxygen help or hurt this mead?  Its going to need a few months to age, I fermented it really cool, but it still has a weird hot alcohol taste, not terrible, but noticeable.
Title: Re: Bottling my first Mead...Advice??
Post by: jamminbrew on June 09, 2012, 08:32:48 AM
My last mead was fairly hot also, so I added a blend of tannic, malic, and citric acid to help level that out. And I just bottled it, no issues with O2. After 6 months, it was awesome.
Title: Re: Bottling my first Mead...Advice??
Post by: nateo on June 09, 2012, 08:40:28 AM
A small amount of oxidation is OK, a lot is not so much. A little bit tastes like sherry. A lot tastes like cardboard.
Title: Re: Bottling my first Mead...Advice??
Post by: dbarber on June 11, 2012, 11:49:25 AM
If you are using a beer gun I would go ahead and purge the bottles.  That's my SOP when bottling still meads.
Title: Re: Bottling my first Mead...Advice??
Post by: rjharper on June 11, 2012, 01:06:28 PM
I use my beer gun too, but I have both CO2 and gas blend (for my stouts) bottles.  I use the blend with mead, I figure I can purge with N2 instead.