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Old 05-18-2009, 12:06 AM   #1
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So, a Trader Joe's opened up just down the street from me. Flush with tales from this forum of their great deals on honey, I immediately went out and bought six pounds of mesquite honey - less than twenty bucks! Woo!

And now, suddenly, I realize that I have no idea what to make with it. Obviously, a 1-gallon batch would be the best to start with - but what kind of flavor does mesquite honey have? Is it better for dry or sweet meads?

And so I ask you, oh Homebrew Mead-Talkers, what kind of mead is best made from mesquite honey?

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Old 05-18-2009, 12:56 AM   #2
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Make a 4-gallon hydromel. Thats what I've been doing recently and my friends love em. Just use your favorite beer yeast, and make sure you add the correct amount of nutrients.

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Mesquite honey is light, delicate, and it does taste like "mesquite" -- not smoky, but if you can taste the difference between mesquite-smoke and hickory-smoke, you'll have an idea what to expect of the honey.

As for uses, that is all about taste. I like mesquite as a show mead or a base for methelgyn. You can always start it as a show mead (traditional honey water only) and decide if you want to rack it onto other flavors in secondary.

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I think I'd make a show mead with that mesquite honey; it's a great tasting honey & should make a great tasting mead. Regards, GF.

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My first mead was a mesquite medium show mead. I bottled it in February and after only 3 months it's already mellowed out enough to serve to friends, who can't get enough of it. I wish I made 5 gallons.

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My first mead was a mesquite medium show mead. I bottled it in February and after only 3 months it's already mellowed out enough to serve to friends, who can't get enough of it. I wish I made 5 gallons.
Hmm... for the medium show mead, how much honey per gallon did you use? I might pick up a few more containers and make a five gallon batch.

Show mead definitely sounds like the winning suggestion so far.
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I've done two meads with that very same honey. A cranberry/hibiscus mead (Aztec Blood) and a cinnamon/ancho/tamarind mead (Mayan gold) they are both very good.

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Hmm... for the medium show mead, how much honey per gallon did you use? I might pick up a few more containers and make a five gallon batch.

Show mead definitely sounds like the winning suggestion so far.
I used hightest's recipe from the sticky to the "t", scaled down to 2 gallons (All I could handle at the time).
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I've done two meads with that very same honey. A cranberry/hibiscus mead (Aztec Blood) and a cinnamon/ancho/tamarind mead (Mayan gold) they are both very good.
OK, just to keep me from bugging / stalking you.
Have you posted these recipes?
They both sound great, and very interesting. I think I need to try the (Aztec Blood), I don't think I could get the ingredients for the Mayan even if I knew what they were.
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OK, just to keep me from bugging / stalking you.
Have you posted these recipes?
They both sound great, and very interesting. I think I need to try the (Aztec Blood), I don't think I could get the ingredients for the Mayan even if I knew what they were.
Let me dig out my notes, they were two of my first meads I made, so they were small batches (unfortunately), both one gallon

Mayan Gold
3# mesquite honey
1.75 TBS pure Tahitian vanilla extract
water to gallon
EC-1118 yeast

All this was in primary, to secondary, boil a mixture of the following, strain, then rack mead onto:

1 Dry Ancho Chili
pulp from 6 tamarind pods
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
water to cover solids.

Age for at least a year.

Aztec Blood
3# mesquite honey
64oz Cranberry juce (contains 30% cranberry, 50% juice according to package)
water to gallon
D-47 yeast

Boil, strain, add to mead at racking:
.75oz dry hibiscus flowers
4oz honey
water to cover flowers

Both of these are quite good, and are just getting better with age.
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