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Old 11-29-2008, 03:59 AM   #61
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Wow, Big that does look fantastic for secondary racking.
I'll wait for the final verdict in around two years to make them, but I think I'll pull another draft of cider now.
I think I need a nice clean new glass sample holder, my current one is getting just a little messed up to where I can't really see through it anymore.



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Old 08-30-2009, 08:09 PM   #62
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Quick Update.
Bottled the first and third sisters! W00T!
The third was the first into bottles 447 days since brew day, and significantly over gingered, I ended up with 11 750ml bottles and 2 375's. I taste tested at bottling and added a tad bit of acid blend, it just smoothed out the ginger flavor of the Peach Ginger mead.
Next up was the strawberry. It has been a fun one to watch. It has had every flavor and aroma profile since fruit was added. It has been plastickey, Pasty, Fruity, funky, Nasty...now it's just awesome! Fruit flavor comes full steam and the honey profile is a nice balance.
I used a keg to bottle, just because it's easier than using a bottling bucket, and took my same 13 bottles as with the third sister, but there was some left! MEAD ON TAP!
I left it in the keg, and had Strawberry mead on tap for about 36 hours....3 glasses and blown, but I had it. It was so nice to have mead on tap, I am experimenting with some low gravity blackberry meads to see if I can produce a drinkable product quickly enough to have on tap.
The Blueberry cousin will bottle next, then finally the plum. Unfortunately, the plum lost much volume due to my blending the plums into sludge that took up 4" at the bottom of the carboy...Oh Well...Quality not quantity!

Keeping fingers crossed, It looks like I may have 4 super successful meads before this is all finished...and I was actually expecting to have some failures.



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Quick Update.
Bottled the first and third sisters! W00T!
The third was the first into bottles 447 days since brew day, and significantly over gingered, I ended up with 11 750ml bottles and 2 375's. I taste tested at bottling and added a tad bit of acid blend, it just smoothed out the ginger flavor of the Peach Ginger mead.
Next up was the strawberry. It has been a fun one to watch. It has had every flavor and aroma profile since fruit was added. It has been plastickey, Pasty, Fruity, funky, Nasty...now it's just awesome! Fruit flavor comes full steam and the honey profile is a nice balance.
I used a keg to bottle, just because it's easier than using a bottling bucket, and took my same 13 bottles as with the third sister, but there was some left! MEAD ON TAP!
I left it in the keg, and had Strawberry mead on tap for about 36 hours....3 glasses and blown, but I had it. It was so nice to have mead on tap, I am experimenting with some low gravity blackberry meads to see if I can produce a drinkable product quickly enough to have on tap.
The Blueberry cousin will bottle next, then finally the plum. Unfortunately, the plum lost much volume due to my blending the plums into sludge that took up 4" at the bottom of the carboy...Oh Well...Quality not quantity!

Keeping fingers crossed, It looks like I may have 4 super successful meads before this is all finished...and I was actually expecting to have some failures.
I used to have this friend named Bigkahuna, who we used to get into online trouble together on HBT, and mostly have great conversations...but one day he got all important and went away to the land of twitter and newspapers and left his little buddy Revvy behind.....*pout*

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Old 08-31-2009, 05:42 AM   #64
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Jesus Chirst! its BK

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I am experimenting with some low gravity blackberry meads to see if I can produce a drinkable product quickly enough to have on tap.
Basic Brewing had a radio episode recently and I believe they discussed something along these lines. It was a Mead Panel from NHC if I recall correctly. Having mead on tap sounds like a wonderfully terrible idea!
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Basic Brewing had a radio episode recently and I believe they discussed something along these lines. It was a Mead Panel from NHC if I recall correctly. Having mead on tap sounds like a wonderfully terrible idea!
That is what prompted my Blackberry mead. Prost to James Spencer and Basic Brewing Radio...not to mention Charlie P and everyone at the NHC!
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welcome back BK! we all missed you (well, at least me and revvy)



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