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Old 07-17-2006, 09:46 PM   #1
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Well, I just learned how to make mead this weekend, and I can't wait to try it. Waiting for a few supplies to arrive, and then I can get started! Any advice from some experienced mead makers?

One specific question....the person who taught me says that he gets the best results from using Sparloid as a clarifier...Anyone have good results from another brand/type of clarifying agent? And does anyone know a retail source for Sparkloid?

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Old 07-17-2006, 09:48 PM   #2
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I've never used it, just gelatin and polyclar. Try online wine equipment places.

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Old 07-17-2006, 10:30 PM   #3
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Old 07-18-2006, 03:33 AM   #4
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I've used Sparkalloid on meads and white wines and find it works well to very well. Also used chitosin and isinglas, but these came with sweet dessert-wine style kits like port, cream sherry, and ice wine.

For clarifiers, you can try LD Carlson, but you can't buy from them online, you have to work with a local distributor (http://www.ldcarlson.com/). For a good selection and rapid delivery, along with lots of helpful info, try E C Krause (http://www.eckraus.com/).

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Old 07-18-2006, 06:47 PM   #5
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Sparkiloid works very well with mead. In fact, it is the only one I have used (with no noticable change in product). I would recommend getting the hot mix variety (you have to mix it with boiling water to dissolve). It seems to work much better. It is available from most home brewing/wine supply shops.

Good luck and much patience (I need a fast forward button sometimes).

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Thanks for all the advice and encouragement, guys. I'll let you know how things work out.

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And just because I want to complain....I never realized that a funnel was a specialty item...it must be, because I can't find one at wal-mart, target, the dollar store, the grocery store....jeez! Guess I'll be cutting up the milk jug when I finish it...

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And just because I want to complain....I never realized that a funnel was a specialty item...it must be, because I can't find one at wal-mart, target, the dollar store, the grocery store....jeez! Guess I'll be cutting up the milk jug when I finish it...
It must be a Florida thing,. the great Florida Funnel Boycot.
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Old 07-18-2006, 11:36 PM   #9
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And just because I want to complain....I never realized that a funnel was a specialty item...it must be, because I can't find one at wal-mart, target, the dollar store, the grocery store....jeez! Guess I'll be cutting up the milk jug when I finish it...
You can use a nylon bucket strainer in the jug...or just some panty-hose to line the jug with...
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You can use a nylon bucket strainer in the jug...or just some panty-hose to line the jug with...
So, I guess I should use clean pantyhose....but I guess that if I used a pair I had worn before, then there'd be a market for my mead somewhere....no shortage of wierdos in the world...heehee
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