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Old 05-10-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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Default Hill Country (Alfalfa) Honey - Recipe ideas?

I just scored 24lbs of this honey ($2.50/lb), and I'm looking for mead ideas. I'm new to mead making, so I was thinking I would start a 3 gallon batch of JAOM. I only have 5 gal BBs available as fermenters right now. Any suggestions?

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How does it taste? since there isn't a specific varietal labeled I'm guessing it's a mixture, more like a wild flower.

If it tastes amazing make a "traditional" (honey, water, yeast, nutrients).

If it is alfalfa honey, it'll have subtle spice to it, kind of flowery, so could be a good traditional if well maintined.

If its just ok, like good honey flavor/aroma, but no specific or strong underlying or subtle characters then it'd be good for a JAOM or a melomel (start with a traditional and add favorite fruit in the secondary).

You have enough basically for about 8 gallons so can experiment a little.

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Thanks for the ideas. It tastes good, but it doesn't have any strong flavors, so I think it's more of a "basic" honey. I went ahead and started a 3 gal batch of JAOM, but instead of bread yeast, I pitched two 6 gram sachets of some (fresh) Munton's brewing yeast I had on hand. I aerated well (~15 mins of vigorous shaking), so I'm hoping it comes out pretty good! I'll post results in a few months when I bottle.

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very cool, look forward to hearing how it comes out

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Well, it has been sitting at 69 degrees for about three weeks now, and it's still bubbling away. I added 2 teaspoons of DAP at around two weeks (I know this may have been too late, but I figured it would be better than nothing), and that seemed to make the fermentation pick up a little. I plan on bottling it in about a month.

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