Originally Posted by Homercidal
I have made mead once before, and wine 2-3 times before. I'm a brewer for the reason that I generally don't care for wine and mead is winelike in it's production, so it's new to me.
The plastic jug is only a primary vessel. I intend to rack to a 3 gallon glass carboy after the primary, which is now taking longer than I intended.
I want to get as good at wine as Yooper, but unfortunately I'll have to rely on others to sample and give feedback, and that can take 1-2 years!
Ahh! Thats ok then:-). You are forgiven for using the plastic jug! I use a bucket for my primary fermentor. Cheep. Easy. Better for the wine. Supper easy to clean after! You can buy a food grade one new at Lows for under five bucks. For those ferments that go very slow I will sometimes put the lid on with an airlock after the first week. ( or when I am out of carboys because I have not botteled before starting a new batch!)
I have not made very many meads, I'm too cheep to buy the honey! The few I have made all came out tasty. Sometimes mead can look like a white frothy foamy mess. Its normal. It will calm down and clear when its done fermenting. I like the tried and true taste test to check for infection. Smelling the first wiff when the airlock is removed is another good indicator.
I'm not shure any of us will be as good a winemaker as Yooper! I'll settle for all my wine being tasty:-) So far I have only two batches not to my taste, and I found people who loved those, so they will get drunk by someone. :-)
I also do not like most store bought wines. I like dry fruit wines made with real fruit. Not plain juice. There is one local winery that makes wonderfull wines like this. But at $15-30 a bottle I can't afford to buy them often. So I make my own. Somewhere on this site there is a place you can go to see recipies. Look up fruit wines made by Yooper. She has lots of good recipies for fruit wines. Try one of her easy recipies. Maybe you will find a wine you like!