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Old 02-02-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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Default Mint Hydromel

So I plan on doing a mint hydromel (low alcohol mead) that will be the embodiment of Niflheim, the norse world of Mist. To do this i plan on using a mint tea that has spearmint, peppermint, rose hips, and lemon peel so when you inhale after a sip you get a cooling effect/ tingling. My biggest debate on this mead is the fact that it will have little to no body, unless i up the honey and take it away from the hydromel. I would prefer not to use Maltodextrin, and i would prefer not to use any chemicals, I take a somewhat organic approach to brewing but its not a huge priority to me. A possible solution i thought of would be to add some honey in the bottom of the wine glass at serving. If i did a warm honey it would make a good decrative touch and would add a bit of sweetness, and possibly a little body.

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1 lb Wildflower Honey
4-8 Mint Tea bags (let sit in primary entire time)
1pkg ICV D-47 Yeast
1/2 tsp Yeast Nutrient.

Any Suggestions on the recipe to solve the body problem?



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Old 02-03-2013, 02:44 AM   #2
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I'm far from an expert, but I find that raisins should help with the body. It might up your ABV a pinch tho.


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Thanks. i just had an interesting idea! The raisin probably raise it due to pectin, i wonder if i can add a minute amount of pectin that has been activated through heating it. and if i dont like what it does, i can always throw in some pectic enzyme that i use for melomels.

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There's a good chance of pectin haze that way

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Consider glycerin after the ferment is complete and mead is clear, not pectin...but definitely do bench trials because it does not take much. But I think after stabilizing, a honey with mint leaves added and then warmed (perhaps crockpot on warm) would add body and enhance the mint even more so, as well as backsweeten, 2-4 oz per gallon.
Or infuse some glycerin with mint leaves.

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I had already thought of the Pectin Haze, which as long as it doesnt my mead doesnt turn to Jello, or get a chewy mouthfeel, wouldnt be bad because of the mead's name, and what it is supposed to embody. Usually pectin haze comes from when it is chilled correct? if so it would go perfectly with the idea of niflheim, the world of mists. I expect to serve this chilled, or cold. Where would i get glycerin/ how would i do the infusion, just leave the leaves in a solution of glycerin? Im a bit weary on doing the crockpot idea, but the glycerin idea seems more plausable for my set up. Im also not too worried about the mint flavor because the tea i am using is very strong and will be in there for around a month.

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Food grade glycerin is what you need. Available at LHBS, etc. You infuse by warming and steeping in herbs, flowers, whatever...super low simmer.

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Mkay, i will definitely look into the glycerin, or i may just use some Potassium Sorbate. We will have to see in 3 months or so.

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Mkay, i will definitely look into the glycerin, or i may just use some Potassium Sorbate. We will have to see in 3 months or so.
Sorbate will not add body. You add sorbate along with k-meta if you plan to backsweeten, it is called stabilizing.
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Do you need both to stabilize? i was planning on just using sorbate, then adding some honey, but if you need both, i shall add K-meta to my shopping list



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