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Old 05-28-2010, 12:30 PM   #1
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Default making mead with dark honey...dark like molasses

So I have some honey that looks like black coffee in a jar. Deep red tint when held to a bright light. Sweet as can be and smells great. It is good honey....just really really dark.

Anything I should know or keep in mind going into it? Any particular recipes or yeasts that work better?

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Old 05-28-2010, 06:18 PM   #2
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It sounds like buckwheat honey to me. If you make something with fruit or other flavours, the flavour from the honey will dominate, since dark honeys are very flavourful. If making a melomel I usually prefer to use a lighter honey.

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A really dark, strong honey can work beautifully in a cyser or a braggot.

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A really dark, strong honey can work beautifully in a cyser or a braggot.
And a braggot is very high on my list!!
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Braggot = Molasses?

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Braggot = Molasses?
braggot = honey beer
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I love varietal meads. Clean ferment that with Wyeast dry mead and get back to us in a few years.

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Can you make mead from molasses? Can you make 'something' from molasses.
I live in the heart of sugarcane country, and would like to do something 'local'

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Can you make mead from molasses? Can you make 'something' from molasses.
I live in the heart of sugarcane country, and would like to do something 'local'
It has a mighty strong flavour that would definitely overpower a mead, but I've used a small amount of blackstrap in an ale once with good effect. Maybe use a tiny amount of it in a dark braggot or something.
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Interesting.
What about cane syrup?

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