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lpsumo 11-16-2012 04:34 AM

Dandelion Honey
 
Hi all

I purchased some dandelion honey recently and have no idea what to do with it.
Should it be made into a traditional mead to bring out its flavour? Used like any other honey because it's not that special? Or put on toast because dandelion honey makes bad mead?

All input welcome

Arpolis 11-16-2012 01:30 PM

I would at first say make some dandelion mead but dandelions are not really in season this time of year and I can never find bulk dried dandelion flowers. It seems the leaves off of dandelions have some supplimental factor but never looked into it. I still think you should make a Metheglin (Herb mead) of some sort since you have this nice herb type verietal. What about a hibiscus mead? Something like:

1 gallon

2oz dried Hibiscus
3 lb Dandelion honey
Juice from half of a lemon
1 tsp yeast nutrient
1 tsp yeast energizer
1 pkg Red Star Cote des Blancs yeast

I dont think any honey is bad at making meads unless you have a really pungent buckwheat honey. But even that honey has it's place in the right circumstance. However I don't know if dandelion honey will make the best traditional.

lpsumo 11-23-2012 04:36 AM

Thanks for the suggestion! It sounds like a good one.

I have d47 and K1-V1116, would either of those make an ok substitute for the yeast you mentioned?

Arpolis 11-23-2012 10:04 AM

both are great yeasts. If you can controle your fermenting tempurature to be below 68*F constantly then go with D47. Otherwise I say the 1116. With the D47 after fermentation is done don't rack it immediatley. Let it sit in primary 3 - 4 months and then rack to secondary. Sitting on D47 Lees gives an almost fruity or citrousy character to the mead. I really enjoyed that fact with My Spiced Chai Metheglin. 1116 is nice because it saves the aroma well due to a nice slow ferment.

lpsumo 12-31-2012 08:18 PM

About to start this one. Scaling it up to a 3 gal batch

Does that mean I should put 3t of nutrient and energizer?

If I put in more nutrient than the yeast can consume, will the leftovers effect the mead at all?

Arpolis 12-31-2012 10:27 PM

I might have been a little high on the energizer additions but just being Hibiscus, honey and a little lemon this must might be low on the nutrients naturally. 3tsp of yeast nutrient for sure and 1.5 - 3 tsp of energizer should be fine. I like to add some of the energizer up front and split the rest over 3 additions within 3 days or up to the 1/3 sugar break point.

And yess too much nutrient and that can cause some funky flavors. But what is above will not hurt you.


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