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Old 09-21-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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Default Ok I lied. I am going to tell you about my Cyser experiment.



Ok, on a lark because I had extra crap honey on hand I made the pineapple JAOM varient and then read up on Cyser. I realized that I would more or less have to break every single rule in the book if I wanted to actually try my hand at this, but I figured that doing so might hurt the hearts of some (my apologies there) but would cost me a grand total of $5 at the time. Further compounding the heart rending aspect is I didnt get the airlock on it until 11pm, and by then I was in no mood to take a reading. I will do one tonight, which I think will give me a vague idea of OG. Anyways here goes. Again I want to stress that I have absolutely no doubt that this will fall flat on its face, and could very well require a team of licensed professionals to discard.

1 gallon carboy, sterile
1 gallon of Motts Apple Juice
3 pounds of crapola storebrand mystery honey
25 raisins for yeast food if needed
1 teaspoon Di-go bread yeast. You know its quality because the text is all in Croatian.

Here is where I got creative. SWMBO kindly sewed a bag out of cheesecloth for my spices. The bag is currently at the bottom of the carboy, weighed down by cheap honey, apple juice, and the ill-feelings of better brewers everywhere.

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1 cinnamon stick
1 tiny star anise pod
1 allspice berry
2 cardommom pods
1 clove
1 fragment of a nutmeg seed (a chunk taken off an eighth of a seed)

I had the beloved who must be obeyed sew the final side onto the bag, and then wacked the bejoobus out of it with something heavy. Into the carboy it went. After corking, shaking like a lunatic and cleaning off the side of the carboy I pitched my yeast. Slapped on my airlock and went to bed. This morning, no MEA and the airlock is abubbling.

If this doesnt work, who will want to drink it anyway?
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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Hey, a bit of residual sugar can cover a multitude of sins. You should wind up with a sweet, spiced cyser - chances are it'll turn out good, and for $5 you can certainly afford to say "what the heck?"

I hope it tastes great!

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Old 09-21-2011, 08:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the encouragement Medsen. Kinda looking forward/excited to seeing what happens here. I'm going to wait until I get clarity, taste, and then take it from there. I am going to treat it like JAOM until it tells me otherwise (bottling timeframe etc).

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Lol, why what?

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I'm sorry to bump the thread, but I wanted to point out I can smell the spices and the apple goodness through the airlock. This is the second most exciting mead I have ever tried to make!! (The first was lavendar, and that one sent an airlock 4 feet into the air and painted a Pollock on the ceiling).

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This actually sounds pretty awesome. Keep us updated! There will definitely be sugar left over; 3lbs honey plus AJ is a fairly high gravity, especially for bread yeast. The spices sound good.

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Hey, if any of you are in Astoria 3 months from now show up with a glass ;-). I'm only half kidding. SWMBO very gently suggested that watching airlock bubbles for extended periods of time does not make me look like the intelligent college grad I am. So I did my Rainman impression. "definitely, definitely fermenting. Its definitely fermenting."

Seriously though, its so hard to not mess with the carboys, so I wind up watching them.

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Kinda like a cat watching an aquarium ain't it?

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Hey, if any of you are in Astoria 3 months from now show up with a glass ;-). I'm only half kidding. SWMBO very gently suggested that watching airlock bubbles for extended periods of time does not make me look like the intelligent college grad I am. So I did my Rainman impression. "definitely, definitely fermenting. Its definitely fermenting."

Seriously though, its so hard to not mess with the carboys, so I wind up watching them.

Wait, i thought that was normal....
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