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Old 09-11-2012, 02:11 AM   #11
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Very interesting! How does it taste at this point?



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Old 09-11-2012, 02:47 AM   #12
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You should add some dill to that stuff! Then if it catches infection and goes to vinegar (which I wouldn't wish on anyone) you can have some kick @$$ pickle brine. Good luck!



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Old 09-11-2012, 08:40 PM   #13
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Yooper, it wasn't bad. kind of clean but what I think people refer to as "hot". Had a strong alcohol taste. From one of the other sites that eventually said it cleared and tasted great with a slight cucumber nose I think it needs to age about a year. I plan to keep this post going to either it is good tasting or it fails. I decided to try it because while I've seen threads talking about the recipe I could never find specifics on how it turned out.

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And... something else I want to follow along with. Here's to experimentation!

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I understand the need for Camden tablets, but isn't 9 of them a bit much? Another question I have is doesn't that stuff eventually sink when you punch down the cap? If so how do you rack that stuff without clogging the racking cane. I am trying to picture the strainer that deep in the bucked and racking it without clogs. Did you use something like a paint strainer over the bucked and the pasta strainer on top of that? I like the idea of the strainer though. I should have thought of that when making my first mead before spilling half of it out onto the floor.

Did this patch finally clear? How long did it take. Have to say it does look like an interesting recipe.

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I understand the need for Camden tablets, but isn't 9 of them a bit much?
I'm not sure if 9 is a little much. The recipe I had said 3 for 1 gallon and I ended up cutting 3 gallons worth of cucumbers per that recipe so I trippled it.

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Another question I have is doesn't that stuff eventually sink when you punch down the cap? If so how do you rack that stuff without clogging the racking cane. I am trying to picture the strainer that deep in the bucked and racking it without clogs. Did you use something like a paint strainer over the bucked and the pasta strainer on top of that?
If I understand your question correctly, the cucumbers, seeds, oranges and lemons did not sink. They were floating on top (although some seeds must have been down in the "stuff" since when I was trying to rack it the racking cane clogged and when I looked at it it was full of cucumber seeds. I originally tried to wrap the bottom of the racking cane with a hops bag (like a paint strainer) but it also clogged right away. I settled on the SS strainer that I "floated" on top of the cucumbers and stuff and it kind of followed it down as the juice was racked out. I had the racking cane in the middle of the strainer so it was sorrounded by the juice all the solid stuff was kept away by the strainter.

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Did this patch finally clear? How long did it take. Have to say it does look like an interesting recipe.
I looked at it this morning and it was much clearer and it was bubbling also. I'll take a photo tonight or tomorrow and post.
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OMG how did I ever miss this thread when it started??? I did a cucumber mead a while back. It was only a half gallon experiment. Here was my recipe:

4 large cucumbers skinned and juiced with 2 cups additional water. (About 3/4 if the half gallon container.)
3 pinches of fresh mint
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After primary I racked onto juice of 1 lime and 5 small cucumbers cubed.

I still have it bulk aging with the cucumber cubes still in it. Oh my does it ever taste and smell just like cucumber. However just not the pleasant kind of cucumber in my opinion. I hope yours goes well. Just Google search "Cool Cucumber Mead" to find the thread. I think it is a good read.

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So it has cleared significantly in just this past week. Still some slight gassing and a lot of sediment. Here is what it looks like,







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I decided to rack it off of that sediment today. It had cleared up quite a bit, although I did get some of the sediment during the racking. I'm sure it will settle and they'll be much less for the next racking. lost about 1/4 of a gallon during the racking today.











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