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Old 11-01-2010, 09:20 AM   #21
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I've seen several mentions of JOAM on this place and only just checked out the recipe. It's very similar to a batch that I had written off as a baddun because it cleared so quickly (<6 weeks). From what I read here I have renewed hope that it may be drinkable in a few months.

When bottling I had a little bit left that I stuck in a Grolsch bottle as a taster but it only filled two-thirds of the bottle. Can I assume that being bottled with that much air will make it a wee bit gross?

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Old 11-01-2010, 08:29 PM   #22
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@RedCabbage - I would put some N2 on the top to drive out the excess O2. I have found canned N2 at most good wine and beverage shops.

I made a batch of this 3 years ago and was able to keep a few bottles away from the two-legged cellar rats. It does get better with age! I have another batch going right now and will likely keep a few gallons going in a steady rotation with the beer :-) Funny thing is that making mead got me into brewing and I don't regret a minute of it !

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Old 11-02-2010, 08:30 AM   #23
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Thanks, LG. I think I'll pick up some N2 for such an eventuality in future. And put a little 25cl beer bottle in with the other bottles when sterilizing in case I have a little bit left over.

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Old 11-25-2010, 10:25 PM   #24
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Thanks, LG. I think I'll pick up some N2 for such an eventuality in future. And put a little 25cl beer bottle in with the other bottles when sterilizing in case I have a little bit left over.
You may have a friend with a MIG or TIG welder and a tank of either CO2 or argon. I borrowed my neighbors for a racking and bottling weekend.
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:40 PM   #25
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Here it is, my yeasties started eating within an hour.

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Old 04-06-2011, 05:23 AM   #26
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Just checked on mine. Almost a month and it's started clearing. All of the raisins are at the top now. It's fun to watch it progress and I'm looking forward to other parts of the process. Especially the drinking part. I hope I can save some for Christmas!

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Old 04-06-2011, 01:14 PM   #27
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Don't throw the raisins away. They are petty yummy by themselves.

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Old 05-02-2011, 05:07 PM   #28
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Had a taste last night. Already good and hasn't even been 2 full months. Stopped activity a few days ago. Hope to make some more soon as I'm sure this won't last long.

Btw, anyone know the approximate abv of this? I didn't take a gravity reading...
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:21 PM   #29
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You'd only really get a guesstimate result. There are sugars in the orange and the sultana's/raisins which won't come out initially. So you only get a reading from the honey/water, though that's probably close enough....

Have a look at gotmead, they've got a mead calculator that should give you some idea (or take a reading now and then just add the original numbers in the mead calculator and it should give you an approximate starting gravity - one minus the other to give you the drop and then it's basic to work out the % ABV)

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I just made this in an old cheap Sangria bottle I had which is slightly under 1 gal. I just didn't scrape out the honey bottles when I added them, everything went great. Blew it out with O2 before pitching yeast, already a few bubbles minutes into it.

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