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Old 03-02-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Ok, I did a variant of JAOM and heres what Ive got so far...started off with a 3gal carboy, about 10.5lbs of honey, instead of regular oranges I used a dozen cutie oranges, about 50-60 raisins, 2 cups of raspberries, 3 cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 3xdash of nutmeg and allspice each, spring water to top it off and Im sure I could have used a better/different yeast but I used red star champagne yeast as that is what I had on hand. Initial SG after I mixed it up yesterday was 1.130, I added the yeast today after I got home from work and am now waiting patiently to start seeing some activity in the air lock. Constructive criticism is accepted and appreciated!

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Old 03-03-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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Should work fine, except using that yeast is likely to ferment it dry, and the JAO recipe isn't good as a dry mead as it seems to concentrate any bitterness from the pith, where a benchmark JAO.finishes sweet which normally masks that.

So I'd suggest that you just let it finish, then just back sweeten it to the flavour/sweetness level you prefer.......

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
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I took a sample taste of my mead a lil bit ago and it tastes awesome! and it is bubbling away just fine.

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