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Old 03-25-2008, 06:56 AM   #1
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Default agave mead?!

ok i work at whole foods and saw some agave juice thats organic this and that and i was wondering if anyone here has tried to make a mead with that (or that AND honey)?

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Old 03-25-2008, 06:57 AM   #2
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Well, I don't think it's really a mead if there's no honey in it. But that's not helpful.

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Old 03-25-2008, 02:12 PM   #3
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True...You can NOT make MEAD with anything but Honey. You could make Agave Wine...Just like you would make mead, but it wouldn't actually be MEAD.
I do like the idea though....just remember, you're making undistilled Tequila...NO WORM PLEASE.

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I'm curious about these alternative fermented beverages... agave nectar sounds good, I'm testing out some molasses and brown sugar with some "gruit"-type herbs and a yeast cake I harvested... going on the maxim 'sugar+yeast=fire water'.

I'm really interested in brewing with birch sap (the untapped resource of New England). Hoping that it will taste like birch beer. Don't know where to find spiles locally though.

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i just bought a 6 bottle case off of amazon.com for $32 then i got their credit card and they gave me a $30 credit so the total ended up $2.50 for everything. thats a great deal if you ask me. i will let you guys know how it comes out

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fermented agave nectar is called pulque, not mead. distilled pulque, as mentioned above, is called tequila.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulque

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I believe I've read that agave nectar is pretty tart. you may have some experimenting to do in order to get a final product who's flavors are balanced...not too sweet, not too tart...

I think trying to go dry might be bad...but, you can always back sweeten if needed.

I'd check over at gotmead.com to see if anybody's tried it...to give you a better idea of how to start.

I think its totally doable.

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agava nectar is 1.5 times sweeter than sugar. so i dont think it will be tart

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SWMBO uses it in her coffee, its pretty dang sweet. She even has it in those clear straws just like the honey sticks.

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agava nectar is 1.5 times sweeter than sugar. so i dont think it will be tart
It's only sweet until the Yeast goes to work on it. The sweetness will disappear quickly once the sugars are converted to Alcohol.
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