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I did a search for this one. I know I saw this addressed on the board - but I could not find it. So -
Can Grolsch style bottles be used for sparkling meads?
After reading a few explosion tales I would hate to get this one wrong.
Most bottle bombs are caused by adding priming sugar/honey/malt to batches that have not completed fermentation. The excess sugar still available in the must combined with the priming dose increases the amount of C02 produced which increases pressure which causes the explosion. As memento said, the Grolsch-type bottles are made to contain pressure so they should be fine...Provided there are no defects in the glass. I bottle both beer and mead in swingtops and have not had any problems...Even though the carbonation levels used in meads is slightly higher (i.e. 0.75-1 cup sugar/ 5 gallons of beer vs. 1-1.25 cups sugar/ 5 gallons of mead).
I was talking to a big-homebrewer-turned-small-commercial winemaker last week, and he said he went to bottle redemption centers to buy Grolsch bottles in bulk. He offered them 7 cents per. He said the brewing mags charged more like $2 per!