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Title: Corked mead storage
Post by: realbeerguy on January 24, 2011, 01:39:21 AM
Store upright or on side keeping cork wet?
Title: Re: Corked mead storage
Post by: chezteth on January 24, 2011, 03:14:48 AM
I would say store on the side just like wine.
Title: Re: Corked mead storage
Post by: jaybeerman on January 24, 2011, 05:43:28 AM
do you want cork flavor? are you using real cork? how long will you be storing the mead? 
Title: Re: Corked mead storage
Post by: realbeerguy on January 24, 2011, 01:54:36 PM
Using real corks.  Looking to cellar some for 2-5 years.
Title: Re: Corked mead storage
Post by: tumarkin on January 24, 2011, 01:58:46 PM
I'd highly suggest leaving them upright. Good quality cork will keep a good, tight seal for longer than that without drying out. You don't want to risk cork taint (off flavor) from contact with the cork. You might want to dip the cork & top of the bottle in melted wax. It gives a nice look (presentation is a plus) and will provide additional protection to the cork.
Title: Re: Corked mead storage
Post by: The Professor on January 24, 2011, 09:36:29 PM
After having some corks dry out on early batches, I have since then always stored mine on their sides and have perhaps been lucky not to have cork 'taint'. 
In any case, these days, I am using the new plastic corks which are superior to natural corks.  I also use screw top wine bottles when I can get them.  They are the ideal and most sensible closure for wine anyway.  It's nice to see some high quality wines in the stores these days sporting the handy screw tops.
Title: Re: Corked mead storage
Post by: jaybeerman on January 25, 2011, 01:28:24 AM
I agree with Tumarkin.  No need to lay them down.  I've always used the champagne corks with a thin layer of real cork on the bottom, the rest is a composite.  No issues thus far.