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billmess

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PostSubject: HAD attack!!   Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:46 pm

That's right, no typo, a HAD attack. Today I received 24 lbs. of honey from Florida.
This is going to be my first attempt at making mead. If anyone shows any interest in this post I will keep everyone updated.
So, with any luck everyone will be welcome to come over to my house for some aged mead and tobacco.



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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:05 am


Hey! better idea, why dont you just bring some damsels in distress out to Montana with that there mead. I'll drop the bridge over the moat, and open my castle to ya.

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Just joshin with ya bill, but hey, good on ya, I hope it comes out good for ya.
I dont drink anymore, but somethin like that sparks my interest , just wondering what it used to be like for them back in those days.

Have you done this before, ? or is it your first try at it ?
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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:44 am

I'm interested. Sounds nom.
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billmess

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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:27 am

It is my first attempt but have done alot of research.


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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:49 am

I'm very interested in hearing how this turns out for you, Bill. I love all types of homemade booze cheers

I tried some mead a little while back at a friends house. He's very into the homebrew thing as well.

Keep us posted!
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:58 am

I love all types of homemade booze that doesn't cause blindness! cheers

I also like mead. Just finished a bottle of this stuff:

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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:57 pm

Though it goes against every solid and logical practice in Wine/Mead making, Joe's Ancient Orange is very good and also very easy to make.
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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:38 pm

Do keep us updated. Honey is good. Mead is great.
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J Soshae

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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:28 am

I have never had mead. I do like beer and honey. What exactly is mead? A brew sweetened with honey or do the sugars in the honey ferment?
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billmess

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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:32 am

fermented honey


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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:38 am

Nectar of the gods...
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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:58 am

I will have to buy some to try. We went on a tour at Bacardi a couple of months back. I thought fermented molasses was great but cannot wait to try honey. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:50 am

A friend of mine made mead not to long ago. 1st batch turned out really bad but instead of tossing it, he let it sit in the bottles for 6 months to a year and tried it again. Low and behold it was amazing after sitting. The batches he has made since then have been great. So the lesson is, if you don't like it, don't dump it just let it marinate for a while. Kinda like Tobacco.

Mead is great stuff and you can do a lot with it. Add a little of your favorite fruit juice to it (real fruit juice) before fermentation. Really good with a hint of cherry.



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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:56 am

Just an update. The first pack of yeast that I tried to activate did not do so well. For some stupid reason I used tap water which killed my yeast. Luckily I did not pitch the yeast into my carboy. However, the two following attempts were successful and those two batches are fermenting as I type this.


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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:17 pm

What's the fermentation/aging timetable for mead?
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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:53 pm

At least 1 month. But 3-12 months for best results
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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:34 pm

I'm not a brewer myself, but mead was REALLY popular in brewing circles here in the early 90's. Do yourself and your friends a favor: keep it simple. The fad got out of control when folks started getting cute with it. Cran-apple mead. Cherry chocolate mead. Mountain Dew mead. Soon the novelty became the norm. It's hard to compare the subtlety of different organic honey blends when all you can find is the latest blueberry/saffron/orangutan brew.


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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:47 pm

Mountain Dew mead? For real? Sweet mother of mercy.

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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:23 am

George,


This is great advice and I will try to adhere to it.


Thanks,
Bill


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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:07 pm

George Kaplan wrote:
I'm not a brewer myself, but mead was REALLY popular in brewing circles here in the early 90's. Do yourself and your friends a favor: keep it simple. The fad got out of control when folks started getting cute with it. Cran-apple mead. Cherry chocolate mead. Mountain Dew mead. Soon the novelty became the norm. It's hard to compare the subtlety of different organic honey blends when all you can find is the latest blueberry/saffron/orangutan brew.

Actually the best mead I ever tasted was brought to a graduation party in Pittsburgh by a hardcore home brewer. Of all the varieties he had, the jalepeno mead tasted the best. It sounds disgusting, but it was just a wee bit of jalepeno to give it a touch of spice. Excellent stuff. Brew it for a longer period of time rather than a shorter. The sweet stuff is gross.
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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:12 am

Oh, don't get me wrong; not all flavored meads are bad. I've had some truly inspired creations. Bleu cheese and bacon was not among them. No
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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:51 am

Best I ever had was simply called "Jezebel" from Al at Stormvale Vineyard up in the Grand Traverse Bay area. Tupelo plus locally gathered apple blossom honey with fermented Anjou
pears and the faintest ghost of Thai ginger. Spring of '92. That stuff was legendary. The problem was, there was only 200 gallons of it. After it was gone, everyone was trying to copy it, which failed, or out-do it. That's when the trouble started...
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billmess

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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:05 pm

Well, I racked my first patch and I have mixed feelings about it. This batch had an organic orange and some raisins in the must. As it turns, the orange was slightly sour and it transferred to my mead. The mead has a beautiful color and floral scent, but it is slightly sour. Sad

Hopefully some more age will take out some of the sour.

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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:07 pm

I've had some sour meads and rather liked them! Too-sweet meads are all over the place.
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PostSubject: Re: HAD attack!!   Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:10 pm

Yeah it is drinkable, just a little sour. If you like sour patch kids you will love my mead. I was drinking some with my pipe and the floral scent made me feel like I was in the middle of a wild flower field.


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