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bizarrojosh 08-22-2012 03:59 PM

60 year old honey; good for mead?
 
Hi All,

My friend got an old farm and discovered that in the 1950's it also had lots of bees and produced quite a bit of honey. They got out of the farming business but kept the honey in a dark cellar for all these years. My friend said that there's got to be about 1000 jars of honey or so.

However, the honey is nearly black and doest resemble the kind of honey that is fresh. They also have the honeycomb in all of the jars. Plus they are all about 60 years old.


Since they aren't fresh I was wondering if they could be used for mead.

What do you all think?

COLObrewer 08-22-2012 04:10 PM

Personally, I wouldnt hesitate, just pull the wax out, melt it down, skim the top and you're good to go, honey doesn't go bad.

Revvy 08-22-2012 04:12 PM

I used 50+ year old honey in my 50th birthday barlewine. It's turning out awesone. Sadly the gallon of mead we made with the rest of the honey got infected because the BLANKETYBLANK neighbor behind where we were making those things fired up her lawnmower behind the garage just as we were about to pitch yeast. :(

It was jet black as well, but very unigue...

You might want to consider cutting it with fresh honey in some batches...blending it.

Insomniac 08-22-2012 08:26 PM

Sounds awesome, give it a taste, if it tastes good it will make good mead.

bizarrojosh 08-23-2012 11:13 PM

Thanks for the positive responses guys! I'm going to give this a try!

Subsailor 08-23-2012 11:14 PM

Post results please.

BigKahuna 08-24-2012 04:23 AM

This is what you call a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The way I see it, You HAVE GOT TO MAKE THIS MEAD!

MrSweet 08-25-2012 12:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigKahuna (Post 4357094)
This is what you call a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The way I see it, You HAVE GOT TO MAKE THIS MEAD!

+1 .... interested as well - Subscribed :)

fatbloke 08-25-2012 07:47 AM

If the OP has that much, then its begging for a proportional type experiment i.e. one from 100% "old" honey, another at 50% "old" honey, another at 25%, etc etc...... to get the "correct" flavour.......

emjay 08-25-2012 08:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fatbloke
If the OP has that much, then its begging for a proportional type experiment i.e. one from 100% "old" honey, another at 50% "old" honey, another at 25%, etc etc...... to get the "correct" flavour.......

It'd be easier to just make the 100% old honey, and mix the finished mead with other finished meads at varying ratios. It may not be the exact same, but it will be extremely close, and *more* than close enough to properly decide on how you want to use it.


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