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Old 04-01-2013, 01:46 AM   #1
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So I found honey for only $14 per gallon. Its a limited time offer but I figured that I should make as much mead as possible while this good thing lasts. The honey is in florence mississippi and the apiary owner is a nice guy and a brewer himself. PM me for his contact info.

I have been doing beer for a while but mead is new to me. I have never had mead and so I don't know what I like. I figured that I would try 10 1-gallon batches. I have picked out 10 recipes that sound tasty and I am going to make them. The recipes are a mish mash of pyments, braggots, melomels and random other things.

The recipes are at the end of the post. I don't expect anyone to actually read them. 2 of those meads use K1V-1116 and 4 of them use Lalvin EC-1118. The rest use other things. My idea was to make a 4-gallon batch of sak mead with Lalvin EC-1118 and a 2 gallon batch of sak mead with K1V-1116 and then split them up and add all of the miscellaneous ingredients that the individual recipes require over the course of a couple days.

My other idea was to ferment these all in plastic gallon water jugs from walmart with balloons over the top.

I am going to use proper amounts of DAP and yeast energizer on each one. I also got some chemical whose name I can't remember and some litmus strips to balance PH.

The recipes are as follows.

Pyments
Coffee and Vanilla Pyment http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/coff...alTxWz52gXS_Ww

plain concord pyment racked on oak chips http://justnopleasingyou.wordpress.com/tag/pyment/


Braggot
Hefty Braggot http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?t=24948
Ginger honey braggot of my own recipe

Melomel
Joe's Ancient Orange Mead http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/joes...ge-mead-49106/

Cherry Vanilla http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/cher...elomel-161411/

Black'n'Blue Melomel http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/blac...-winner-77506/

Other
Plain sak mead. http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18200

Fat Basset Cyser Bochet http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f81/fat-...33/index2.html

Dandelion Metheglin http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/dand...heglin-147603/

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Old 04-01-2013, 03:25 AM   #2
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Sounds like an interesting experiment. My batch of joam(though a little sweet) was very good, and so easy to make. It's got me hooked. I have an assortment of melomels, methaglins, three traditionals and a pyment. I also have a few 'cross breeds' between the types, including a cherry chipotle that's looking gorgeous. Have fun with your experiments and your very fortunate to have honey at that price.

I will say, regarding yeasts, I'm not happy with how bland ec1118 leaves a finished product. 1116 will do the job just as well and leave a much more flavourful end product.

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Subscribed! Interested in what recipes you like best. I've never made mead, but it's on the "to brew" short list.

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Definitely doesn't sound like a bad idea. Congrats on he good deal I've been wanting to split a batch like you plan on for a while now, but I haven't had the time. Good luck!

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Don't worry about the recipes, just buy as much honey as the chap will sell you.

It won't "go off". Even if you take a while to work out what you actually want to make, and it crystalises, that doesn't matter you just warm it slightly to re-liquify it....

The price is too good to miss.......

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Very nice! I'm interested to see where this goes.

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So I found honey for only $14 per gallon.

My other idea was to ferment these all in plastic gallon water jugs from walmart with balloons over the top.
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That price is awesome! On the subject of the gallon jug method: I did not find a balloon that would fit a wide opening and not fatigue / eventually fail. My solution - to cut a grommet hole with an exacto in the cap and drop an airlock in. Working perfectly.

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That price is awesome! On the subject of the gallon jug method: I did not find a balloon that would fit a wide opening and not fatigue / eventually fail. My solution - to cut a grommet hole with an exacto in the cap and drop an airlock in. Working perfectly.
An equally good method......actually better than a ballon.

Once its settled down with the ferment, I'd still suggest you topped it up.
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How do you get a tight seal between the airlock tube and the plastic lid? I see a black thing that looks kind of like an o-ring.

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How do you get a tight seal between the airlock tube and the plastic lid? I see a black thing that looks kind of like an o-ring.
It's a grommet you can get at any brew store for 40 or 50 cents.
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