*Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway - Enter Now!*

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > looking for an Agave/Tequila mead and a lemon/lime citrus mead.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-04-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
MidTNJasonF
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
 
MidTNJasonF's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Smyrna, Tennessee
Posts: 447
Liked 61 Times on 44 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default looking for an Agave/Tequila mead and a lemon/lime citrus mead.

Last year in competition I had a mead that placed second. I was bested by a mead that was in part comprised of some form of Agave and very much tasted like Tequila. I am not a sore looser and got the opportunity at the competition after party to taste most of the meads in competition, it was outstanding and beat me hands down on creativity.

The same competitor also entered a Lime/Lemon/Citrus mead and took third with that, obviously a fairly accomplished mead maker. It was also a very good mead but to me it did not stand on its own as well. The real magic was blending his two meads together. The combination made as you might imagine a Margarita Mead and was simply amazing.

I would like to try to recreate something similar but the maker was not at the competition so I could not pick his brain for tips. Anyone have some recipes that would work for my goal? What type/form of Agave would you folks suggest? Anyone worked with Agave for mead and have tips?

__________________
MidTNJasonF is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
BlueHand
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 5
Default

I have made a margarita mead and it has placed in competition. While I like mine to be fairly sweet I will leave the balance to you. The 2 keys with me are:
1. Don't use too much Agave. I use 10% or less Agave of my sugar make up. 50% or more will make it "slimy."

2. I use bottled key lime juice. I usually add 25% to 50% of my juice in the primary and the rest after fermentation is complete. This keeps the yeast happy by not adding too much acid and allows for tweaking at the end with acid instead of having to back sweeten.

I do staggered nutrient additions and aerate constantly in the beginning.

For a 3 gallon batch I use:
2.5 gallon water
Narbonne yeast
12 lbs honey
24 oz agave
16oz key lime juice (primary)
More key lime juice to taste after fermentation

__________________
BlueHand is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-07-2013, 07:52 PM   #3
bobbrews
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sierra, Nevada
Posts: 3,535
Liked 282 Times on 243 Posts
Likes Given: 18

Default

What's really going to wet your noodle is when I tell you that you could even introduce a 3rd party and make a Prickly Pear Margarita Mead. You'll gain the addition of a vibrant magenta color as well as the unique prickly pear flavor (a sort of combo of watermelon, raspberry, and tomato).

See here for how I make the citrusy prickly pear juice base (stick with limes, no lemon):

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/1st-...-begin-383497/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/tryi...elgium-358783/

__________________
bobbrews is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-07-2013, 09:50 PM   #4
MidTNJasonF
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
 
MidTNJasonF's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Smyrna, Tennessee
Posts: 447
Liked 61 Times on 44 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Excellent info, thank you. Since I know not all Agave Syrup or Nectar is not created equal what form or brand did you use? Light, Amber, Dark?

__________________

Will ride for beer!

MidTNJasonF is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-07-2013, 09:58 PM   #5
bobbrews
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sierra, Nevada
Posts: 3,535
Liked 282 Times on 243 Posts
Likes Given: 18

Default

Light of course

__________________
bobbrews is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 12:06 AM   #6
BlueHand
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 5
Default

Light or amber works too. Of you want a more robust taste go for it!

__________________
BlueHand is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 12:18 AM   #7
kirkosaurus
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kirkosaurus's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Smyrna, TN
Posts: 91
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Just don't use Mad Hava brand agave nectar. It has preservatives in it and will not ferment! Had to throw out a batch of Tequila APA because not only was it too sweet but it would not carbonate in the bottle after priming with the same agave nectar.

__________________
kirkosaurus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2013, 12:27 AM   #8
pwkblue
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sandy, Utah
Posts: 183
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default interesting

bookmarking for future reference...sounds interesting

__________________
pwkblue 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
Lemon/Lime Mead? dudasaj Mead Forum 24 03-21-2013 05:46 PM
Tequila APA primed with Agave not carbonating kirkosaurus Bottling/Kegging 2 08-27-2012 08:23 PM
Lemon-Ginger Mead and Lime-Ginger Mead Nepsis Mead Forum 6 10-09-2011 04:04 PM
agave mead?! Thor the Mighty Mead Forum 45 07-04-2010 11:47 AM
Anyone have a good lemon-lime or citrus soda recipe? newell456 Soda Making 7 07-03-2008 12:47 AM