It is Mead bottling time here and so we are spending a few evenings taking care of this exciting task. Here are three of our meads just waiting to be transfered and corked. These are one gallon batches, which will yeild four wine bottles and some extra that we will "use" within the next few days or weeks. In the background you can see what we had bottled a few nights before.Here you can see my wife, Dawn, siphoning the mead into a new bottle. This is keeping the lees, or yeasts out of the finished product. We save the lees as they can be used for the yeasts to start a new mead, or my favorite, using them for cooking.
Look at how clear that liquid is!
Here Dawn is writing labels out for the bottles, and if you look by her elbow you can see our "tasting" glass.
This is the corking machine. You put a cork into a little hole at the top and when you push down it squeezes and forces the cork into the bottle.
We hope to soon be starting some new batches, so I will be showing how you actually make mead in a future post.