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Old 05-09-2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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I need a good mead recipe. My friend has bees and is giving me 15 lbs of honey. Do I make a 6 gallon batch or 5 different 1 gallon batches

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Meant 5 gallon

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Old 05-10-2012, 12:03 AM   #3
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I need a good mead recipe. My friend has bees and is giving me 15 lbs of honey. Do I make a 6 gallon batch or 5 different 1 gallon batches
It really depends on what you want to do. Do you plan on making a sweet mead? High alcohol content? Spiced or fruity?
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That will get you about 14% ABV... Change it to 4 gallons total volume and you're in the 17% area.

If it's really good honey, I would just make a traditional mead.

I would wait for a late season harvest if it was me though. Get the darker stuff that has much more flavor to it. I picked up some from a guy in Woburn that was a mid-season harvest and I'm not at all impressed. Seriously lacking in flavor. Both the honey and the mead made with it. Color is also very light. A far cry from the first meads I made using honey from NH that was intense in flavor (both by itself, or just as honey, and once made into mead).

I would ask for a small sample to taste before you take any honey. Granted it's free, but I'd rather have really GREAT [free] honey than ho-hum [free] honey...

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I would ask for a small sample to taste before you take any honey. Granted it's free, but I'd rather have really GREAT [free] honey than ho-hum [free] honey...
If that were the case then why carmelize the honey and make a really great bochet from ho hum honey? Hey....free is free.
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If that were the case then why carmelize the honey and make a really great bochet from ho hum honey? Hey....free is free.
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J/k!
Hey, at least you're making yourself a nice target for the bees...

For the meh honey, figure out some other flavors to add to it. You could let it ferment, then drop several split and scraped vanilla beans into it for a few months (up to about 6)... Or maybe some really course grind coffee beans (stuff you like to normally drink of course).

I plan on adding flavor elements to the 'meh' mead I have sitting in vessel now (started it in December). It's only about 14%, and about 4 gallons volume. Just trying to decide what to add to it... I do have plenty of vanilla beans on hand... Hmmmmmmm

Think I need a glass of my [18% traditional] 2010 mead to help me decide.
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it is honey from last years hives

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Make 5 gallons of semi-sweet mead, then split it into five 1 gallon secondaries and add different fruits and spices to each.

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