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


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > maple wine/mead
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-17-2010, 11:30 PM   #1
bonsai4tim
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: raleigh
Posts: 161
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Default maple wine/mead

1 month ago I diluted 1 1/3 quart of maple syrup to 1 gallon, with an OG of 1.110, added yeast nutrient, and champagne yeast.

Very active fermentation for about 1 week, then started clearing.

Its now a pale gold color, SG down to 0.980.

It still tastes sweet and slightly maple flavored. Not nearly as strongly maple flavored as when I started. Its very thin, almost no body, and the sweet is a a little unbalanced.

Any thoughts on adding acid blend and/or grape tannins? As sweet as it still tastes, it will be hard to drink much at one time (never mind the 17% abv).

Maybe bottle in 375 wine split bottles?

t

as far as costs--I used whole foods grade b maple syrup, $14/ quart

__________________
bonsai4tim is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-18-2010, 10:40 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 bonsai4tim View Post
1 month ago I diluted 1 1/3 quart of maple syrup to 1 gallon, with an OG of 1.110, added yeast nutrient, and champagne yeast.

Very active fermentation for about 1 week, then started clearing.

Its now a pale gold color, SG down to 0.980.

It still tastes sweet and slightly maple flavored. Not nearly as strongly maple flavored as when I started. Its very thin, almost no body, and the sweet is a a little unbalanced.

Any thoughts on adding acid blend and/or grape tannins? As sweet as it still tastes, it will be hard to drink much at one time (never mind the 17% abv).

Maybe bottle in 375 wine split bottles?

t

as far as costs--I used whole foods grade b maple syrup, $14/ quart
well the high-ish, %ABV is probably accounting for the lack of body, though strangely enough if it does still taste sweet that would be really strange with a gravity reading that low.

You could indeed, add some acid of some sort, that often counteracts too sweet a taste.

Or you could use some tannin powder (usually grape based). Either way, I wouldn't use both at the same time.

I'd try one or the other, and add a very small amount at a time until you get close to the taste you like, don't go over the top. Then leave it to age a while.

Did you take a pH reading to know how "acid" it already is ??? as you wouldn't want to use acid if the pH is already low i.e. less than 3.5 to 4.0 pH
__________________

"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 04-18-2010, 04:45 PM   #3
TheRabidKumquat
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mt. Greenwood, Chicago
Posts: 58
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

Default

What about throwing some oak cubes in it for a while? That would add tannins, and possibly some mouthfeel to "fill" it out a bit.

The few dry meads I have also felt very thin and out of balance. I should've done something to them, but they were some of my first batches and I had a "let it alone" attitude at the time. The dry vanilla definitely would have been much better had I tried adjusting the acidity, but it mixes greatly with an overly sweet chocolate.

__________________
TheRabidKumquat 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
Maple Wine MKelly Wine Making Forum 4 09-09-2009 03:04 PM
maple syrup mead bmbox12 Mead Forum 5 04-24-2009 05:25 PM
Maple Mead rolf Mead Forum 6 02-20-2009 01:09 AM
Maple Mead SegmentedMonkey Mead Forum 9 12-30-2008 08:09 AM
Maple Mead rightwingnut Mead Forum 4 06-29-2007 01:34 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS