Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Interested in mead
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-16-2013, 04:09 AM   #1
Haydn-Juby
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec
Posts: 56
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default Interested in mead

So i've been brewing beer for sometime now with great success and am interested in fermenting some other new things. Mead seems interesting but I need a few key facts first.

How long , generally speaking, does the mead sit in the carboy and when is it proper time to transfer? I know I can figure this out by taking hydrometer measuring every now and again but what is a general time and when should I rack to secondary.

Also do I really need to pasteurize an unpasteurized honey? How do i go about doing so?

How much yeast nutrient do I need for a 1 gal batch and do I need anything else like Pot sorbate Etc.

Thanks so much

__________________
Haydn-Juby is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-16-2013, 04:38 AM   #2
fatbloke
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: UK - South Coast.
Posts: 2,682
Liked 174 Times on 161 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Haydn-Juby View Post
So i've been brewing beer for sometime now with great success and am interested in fermenting some other new things. Mead seems interesting but I need a few key facts first.

How long , generally speaking, does the mead sit in the carboy and when is it proper time to transfer? I know I can figure this out by taking hydrometer measuring every now and again but what is a general time and when should I rack to secondary.

Also do I really need to pasteurize an unpasteurized honey? How do i go about doing so?

How much yeast nutrient do I need for a 1 gal batch and do I need anything else like Pot sorbate Etc.

Thanks so much
The front page of the Gotmead forums has a left side yellow box and their "NewBee" guide is linked there.

Worth its weight as it answers most of the new mead makers questions.

You've already done beers ? So would likely get enough from it to see the differences in technique between beers and meads. Meads are more wine like in the making and more robust than beers......
__________________

"What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away". Tom Waits.

Oh, and here's some blog stuff!

fatbloke is offline
stonecutter2 Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-16-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
Haydn-Juby
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec
Posts: 56
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fatbloke View Post
You've already done beers ? So would likely get enough from it to see the differences in technique between beers and meads. Meads are more wine like in the making and more robust than beers......

I just meant that brewing beers have given me the basics of sanitation, how to use a hydrometer, that sort of generally useful fermentation stuff. Thanks for the link by the way too.
__________________
Haydn-Juby is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-17-2013, 08:05 PM   #4
fatbloke
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: UK - South Coast.
Posts: 2,682
Liked 174 Times on 161 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Haydn-Juby View Post
I just meant that brewing beers have given me the basics of sanitation, how to use a hydrometer, that sort of generally useful fermentation stuff. Thanks for the link by the way too.
Sure I understand that. Just that there are some things we do with meads that would be considered total heresy by most beer makers.

So your other knowledge will be beneficial.....
__________________

"What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away". Tom Waits.

Oh, and here's some blog stuff!

fatbloke is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-17-2013, 08:18 PM   #5
Curtis2010
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Curtis2010's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: , Guatemala
Posts: 1,101
Liked 93 Times on 63 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Look here on HBT for stickies by "hightest" regarding nutirent schedules, and other topics, very useful.

I got into meads a few seasons ago, below are some basic pointers/answers.

No need to pasteurize, or god forbid boil, honey.

Honey is lacking in some basic nutrients needed by yeast so nutrient additions are important...as is areation.

Generally the process of brewing meads is simpler than beers, but many of the basic skills you learned from brewing beer are useful. Some of the equipment too.

I did not get into meads earlier because I was under the impression they required extended aging like wines. Ive learned that is really not the case, you can brew good mead in no more time than it takes to brew good beer, but it can also benefit from extended aging.

__________________
Curtis2010 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2013, 03:47 AM   #6
Haydn-Juby
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec
Posts: 56
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

So i've kind of necro bumped this thread but anyways...


What is generally accepted as a good aging time for a standard 12-14% mead? How long should I let it sit in the primary and how long in secondary? I'm getting very varied results as to what to do.

__________________
Haydn-Juby is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-23-2013, 09:43 AM   #7
fatbloke
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: UK - South Coast.
Posts: 2,682
Liked 174 Times on 161 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Haydn-Juby View Post
So i've kind of necro bumped this thread but anyways...


What is generally accepted as a good aging time for a standard 12-14% mead? How long should I let it sit in the primary and how long in secondary? I'm getting very varied results as to what to do.
Timings are much less predictable with meads. I generally leave my batches in primary until the ferment is finished but some like to rack to secondary to finish, though IMO this isn't worth while as you often lose a lot of the yeast colony and loss of the ferment momentum......

As long as sampling kit is sanitised, you can return any sample to the main ferment...... I've not had any problems with that in the last 8 or so years but some (especially those with beer experience) like to dump the sample......

As for how long with ageing ? the higher the strength the longer it needs to age.......seemingly.

There's no real guide or guess, you just have to taste and see. A lot will store in bulk (like me) and taste every few months, only bottling once its close to being "ready"

Others make sure its stable but then some is bottled into smaller bottles which are the tasting/sampling guide and drink one every so often......

I age for a minimum of 6 months with no upper limit.....
__________________

"What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away". Tom Waits.

Oh, and here's some blog stuff!

fatbloke is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-25-2013, 02:53 AM   #8
Curtis2010
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Curtis2010's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: , Guatemala
Posts: 1,101
Liked 93 Times on 63 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Yes, the aging range is wide, as a result I doubt you will find a consistent guideline. I suggest enjoying some young and then set some aside to age...maybe for years.

My last few batches were tasty right after ferm had effectively completed per hydro readings. A traditional mead, a few melomels, and a braggot. I left most of them, by volume, to condition while we travel (thats one way to stay out of them). We left in Feb and plan to be back in Oct so 10 months...should be a tasty treat when we return.

__________________
Curtis2010 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Would You Be Interested nalidixic General Beer Discussion 22 06-28-2012 01:58 AM
Interested, but not sure... NewTexian Introductions 40 06-21-2012 05:18 PM
interested in Mead Mjollnir Introductions 4 10-30-2010 09:02 AM
Extremely interested in making mead - need help Nexus555 Mead Forum 8 03-18-2007 09:43 AM
If anyone is interested . Muntzster Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 10-07-2006 05:09 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS