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Old 05-19-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever tried making a mead with manuka honey? Is it nice? Or just not worth it at all? It usually costs about £10 a pot here so I always just ignored it, but just spotted some for about £3 a pot so I could probably manage a small 2L batch with 3 or 4 pots.

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Old 05-19-2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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I made a traditional batch about 1 1/2 yrs ago, last time I sampled it, it reminded me a Flintstones vitamins. hopefully that ages out.

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Old 05-19-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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Hum? No tried it either, mainly because of the price, but would that depend on the "manuka factor" cos I've seen some labelled as +5, +10, +15 and +20, the last one being the most expensive ........

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Oh, and I seem to recall reading that you could get it in Aldi or Lidl for something like £4 per pound...

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Yeah I happened to be in aldi when I saw it. Was +10 and tastes fairly mild as far as honeys go, though is pretty tasty.

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Yeah I happened to be in aldi when I saw it. Was +10 and tastes fairly mild as far as honeys go, though is pretty tasty.
Ah, well if it's "pure +10", then at that sort of price it's a steal.

Have a look at the Paynes Manuka listings, and you'll see what I mean......

Oh and it depends on what size the "pots" are i.e. 1lb/454g or 340g/12oz ?
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They say on then 'pure unpasturised mono floral' or something like that, they are only 250g pots, so still a bit pricy which was why I was only thinking of going with the 2L batch for it. Will take a look at the paynes site now.

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They say on then 'pure unpasturised mono floral' or something like that, they are only 250g pots, so still a bit pricy which was why I was only thinking of going with the 2L batch for it. Will take a look at the paynes site now.
Well, that means it's £6 for 500g and works out a bit less than half the price Paynes want for +10

So if it was me, I'd just say "what the hell" and get 2kg of it and make a batch of traditional with it - you can always use 1.75kg and then keep a 250g pot for back sweetening. That'd make it like a Sack mead i.e. strong alcohol but also sweet once the back sweetening is done.......
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Well, I just went to go and get these, and was umming about going for the full 4.5 litre batch until I got there and realised it was £4 a pot, not £3. Which brings it to £8 for 500g, or just over half the price for the paynes +10 honey. So I went for the 2 litre plan. Though mostly because I have 400lb of honey I got off ebay at the moment so any new honey is an extra cost I don't need to make now rather than one I will end up making anyway

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Was reading up about manuka honey, I've yet to stumble over a supplier of it here in the US, it sounds pretty tasty, I'm guessing the high price is due to the import costs on it?

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very nice, about 35 gallons? was it local pick up? seems they would kill you on shipping for that much.

*Edit...lol just did a quick search to see how much it would be, without shipping it would be about $30 a pound, $450+ for a 5 gallon batch is a bit out of reach still.
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