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Mead shelf life
« on: August 02, 2012, 07:15:15 AM »
I have just bottled my first attempt at mead and was wondering what an expected shelf life could be? I used Flagstaff, AZ Camelthorn honey and Champayne yeast. O.G. was 1.110 and F.G. was 1.010 making it about 13% ABV and the PH was 3.2. I am only attempting to carbinated a 9 of the bottles to see how it turns out.

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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012, 07:31:20 AM »
I recently opened a 15 year old bottle of mead, and it was beyond fantastic. 
That said, in general I never open a bottle of mead until it is 5 years old. 
10 years is even better.

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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2012, 08:07:11 AM »
Fantastic! I am planning on setting a side a few bottles for special events. One being my daughters graduation in fifteen years.

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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012, 03:06:36 PM »
I recently opened a 15 year old bottle of mead, and it was beyond fantastic. 
That said, in general I never open a bottle of mead until it is 5 years old. 
10 years is even better.

What kind of corks do you use for aging that long?

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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2012, 03:43:42 PM »
I recently opened a 15 year old bottle of mead, and it was beyond fantastic. 
That said, in general I never open a bottle of mead until it is 5 years old. 
10 years is even better.

What kind of corks do you use for aging that long?

If you store the bottles so the liquid touches the cork and keep it cool it shouldn't be a problem. wine is aged that long often
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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012, 04:42:29 PM »
 I am going to try and have better will power when it comes to aging.
I recently opened a 15 year old bottle of mead, and it was beyond fantastic. 
That said, in general I never open a bottle of mead until it is 5 years old. 
10 years is even better.

What kind of corks do you use for aging that long?

If you store the bottles so the liquid touches the cork and keep it cool it shouldn't be a problem. wine is aged that long often
You could also wax the ends that helps. But, IMO the best way would be to bottle and cap as normal.
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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2012, 08:43:54 PM »
I recently opened a 15 year old bottle of mead, and it was beyond fantastic. 
That said, in general I never open a bottle of mead until it is 5 years old. 
10 years is even better.

If you follow Staggered Nutrient Additons and control temperature you will not have to age the mead 3-5 years to mellow out the fusal alcohols.   That said, laying down a mead for years is one of the benefits of the hobby.
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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2012, 10:55:31 AM »
If you follow Staggered Nutrient Additons and control temperature you will not have to age the mead 3-5 years to mellow out the fusal alcohols.   That said, laying down a mead for years is one of the benefits of the hobby.

Yeah, to paraphrase Kris England and Curt Stock "Off-flavors smooth with time. So do mountains. Do it right from the start." Don't expect every mead to improve with age. Meads, like wines, will peak at different times. Maybe it's 10 years, maybe it's two years, maybe it's 6 months. If you wait 10 years for a mead that peaked in two years, you'll be disappointed.
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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2012, 12:44:24 PM »
I'm the only person I know that likes mead so I don't brew it often.  So I have about 6 bottles of my 1994 left, about 6 of my 1996, and a bunch of the batches I made in 2002,2004 and 2006.  All of these meads are still very good, none have peaked and deteriorated yet.
I'm gonna make a batch of prickly pear mead tomorrow.
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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2012, 01:23:16 PM »
I don't care much for still meads, but I love sparkling meads. My best so far was a braggot, a blend of a saison and a grapefruit mead.
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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2012, 08:07:59 PM »
I don't care much for still meads, but I love sparkling meads. My best so far was a braggot, a blend of a saison and a grapefruit mead.

Wow, that sounds really interesting.
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Re: Mead shelf life
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2012, 06:40:30 PM »
If you intend to age a mead for 10-15 years, I strongly recommend a high quality cork - 1 1/2" or 1 3/4" and grade 2 or better.  The cap and agglomerated corks are intended for wines destined for a shelf/cellar life of 5 years or less.   

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