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Frige 05-24-2013 10:43 PM

Agave pulque mead
 
I have wanted to make a margarita tasting drink after drinking the little budritas. The only difference is I want mine to taste good not like a bunch of artificial flavorings.

After doing research it looks like I should have about a 25/75 split between honey and agave nectar. The one issue I found is it does not retain enough flavor after it is fermented. Since tequila is boiled out of the heart of the plant and retains the impurities and flavor that has been refined out of the nectar. Funny thing is I have a few blue agave plants in the back of the property, so I got to thinking I could pull up a small one and cook it up to get the flavor. After putting it into the secondary I would add some key lime juice.
Thoughts?

Frige 05-25-2013 05:41 PM

No bites huh? Well I will try it anyway and see what I get, as long as I dont poison myself....:cross:

Bluespark 05-25-2013 08:20 PM

I think it sounds good. I wish I could grow agave up here. I love (good)tequila so anything that is similar I would likely be a fan of. Try it, and let us know how it goes!

Frige 05-25-2013 10:14 PM

Well I got started. Here is my recipe so far.
15# clover honey from costco.
5# raw agave nectar
16 oz key lime juice
3 gals of water.
Lalvin ec-1118 yeast

I mixed the honey and water and I will add the yeast and nutriment. In about a week or so I will add the agave. Then once it goes into secondary add the lime juice and the concoction I make up from my blue agave plants for flavor.
Any suggestions are welcome as usual I am flying by the seat of my pants here.

bsjracing 05-26-2013 02:22 AM

Well tonight I threw together the following
2.5 lbs honey
1 lb agave nectar
3 limes(peeled) plus juice
25 raisins
1 tsp DAP
Just pitched Red Star Pasteur Champagne yeast

Stay tuned :)

Frige 05-26-2013 11:31 AM

Sounds good!
I probably should have made a 1 gal at first to test the recipe but I always go all in. LOL
I wonder if I should throw in some raisins?

bsjracing 05-26-2013 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frige (Post 5224214)
Sounds good!
I probably should have made a 1 gal at first to test the recipe but I always go all in. LOL
I wonder if I should throw in some raisins?

They may have been overkill since I used the yeast nutrient, but judging by the activity in the airlock, the yeasties must be liking it

Frige 05-28-2013 11:57 AM

Bubbling away. I am going to stir it up today and add more nutrient.

Frige 05-29-2013 11:48 AM

Well that was interesting.
I poured in a 1/2 tablespoon of nutrient and stirred up up then WHOOSH like a volcano. What a mess. At least the fermintaion is active...;)

Note to self dont do that.

SouthMainMeadery 05-29-2013 11:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frige
I have wanted to make a margarita tasting drink after drinking the little budritas. The only difference is I want mine to taste good not like a bunch of artificial flavorings.

After doing research it looks like I should have about a 25/75 split between honey and agave nectar. The one issue I found is it does not retain enough flavor after it is fermented. Since tequila is boiled out of the heart of the plant and retains the impurities and flavor that has been refined out of the nectar. Funny thing is I have a few blue agave plants in the back of the property, so I got to thinking I could pull up a small one and cook it up to get the flavor. After putting it into the secondary I would add some key lime juice.
Thoughts?

The only thing I can think of would be to back sweeten after racking to give it the burst of flavor your looking for an possibly select a yeast with a lower alcohol tolerance to leave some residual sugar and flavor at the end


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