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Old 04-17-2010, 09:53 PM   #21
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Congrats man and thanks for even more motivation to try this out!

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Old 04-19-2010, 01:56 PM   #22
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Great news, congrats!

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Old 04-28-2010, 11:21 PM   #23
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Update:

Just found out this mead won me a 1st in open category in the 1st round of NHC. Guess I have something to look forward to now in Minneapolis.

Off topic: I also place 2nd with Other Cider - A variation of Graff! Thank you homebrewtalk.com!

Even though its a pain to make I'll be doing another batch this year. I really did not want to enter this mead in either the Bluebonnet Brew Off or National Homebrew Competition because its so nice but now I'm glad I did.

If you are hesitant about trying this recipe... DON'T! It really is very nice.

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Old 04-29-2010, 02:53 AM   #24
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Congrats!

I did a very similar recipe in December, also using EC-1118. I got about 1.030 FG. I was worried that it was permanently stalled. At one point, I racked it onto some fresh yeast, without result.

It's good to see yours finished high and still took first!

I think I cooked mine down farther than yours. Mine was like motor oil before I added water.

Anyway, it's bulk aging now, and I was thinking about blending it with a show mead. Maybe I won't bother.

How long did you age?

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Old 04-29-2010, 05:30 PM   #26
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Congrats again! This gives me hope that mine will turn out eventually. I tasted it recently when we racked it over to tertiary and I was kinda bummed--but I also realize that it's still quite young.

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Old 04-30-2010, 08:16 PM   #27
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I made a one gallon batch and my DH liked it so much, it's all gone!!
Every time I put something in primary he asks me the same question, when you gonna' make bochet again. And make 5 gallons this time, lol.
So hopefully next week, I'll have a good local source where I can get enough honey for the job!

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I used honey from Sam's Club for the bochet mead. I figured it would not matter due to the caramelizing. I guess it works fine.

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I have been using Sam's Club too. My LBS gave me a flier for guy offering honey for sale and he brews mead, too. So I figured it would be neat to get enough honey to do the whole batch in a bucket. Plus, my kids keep snagging the honey in the Sams bottles!
I'm not sure how I'm going to boil that much honey at once, I may have to split it into two since I'm planning on splitting into two buckets for primary. I did that for my first 5 gal. caramel mead and came away with enough to top off when I rack that one off the vanilla beans.

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I bought 5 gallons last year from a club member and still have a lot left. I need to make some more mead!

I used a 20 quart kettle to caramelize the honey for the 5 gallon batch.

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