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Old 06-07-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
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This is my fifth or sixth attempt at mead-making, but my first using an all natural recipe, without malic or tartaric acid.

It's a "lemon ginger" mead, and I'm surprised with the results: it smells great, and TASTES great... until you wait 3 seconds or so, and this nasty, almost "buttery" bitter aftertaste hits you. It's only just finished fermenting, so I'm wondering: is this the sort of thing that will clear up after a year in the bottle? My other meads have always tasted pretty decent right at bottling time.

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Old 06-07-2009, 09:53 PM   #2
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It will probly be fine after some age. What yeast did you use and what was the recipie?

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if your mead is less that 6 months old, don't even bother tasting it.

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:17 AM   #4
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My recipe:

(Makes Five Gallons

Boiled 12 lbs wildflower honey with:

zest of 4 lemons
juice of 4 lemons
1/3 lb grated ginger
strong tea (about 5 tbls) brewed with 5 tsp of Twining’s English Breakfast
1.5 tsp grape tannin
4 tsp yeast nutrient
(racked with filtered water)
3 packets Lalvin S. Cerevisae in a starter of ½ bottle Nantucket Nectars Lemonade

It was sitting on the ginger for the entire fermentation, which may have led to the extremely bitter aftertaste (?)

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