Originally Posted by Rahahb
I've been picking dandelions for a couple of months now and have enough or almost enough for a 1 gallon batch. I also have about 4 cups of honeysuckles with easily twice that much left to pick.
I want to make 2-1 gallon batches identically, other than the flowers used. I was hoping I could compare the two. I'd like a quick mead if possible but I don't know what makes a quick mead vs "regular" mead.
I've never even had mead before but I know I like semi-sweet to sweet wines and ciders. I recently tasted the JAOM that I made and I think I'm going to love it. I figured I'd steep the flowers for a couple of hours and then strain the liquid into the fermentor. Not sure on how much honey to use though(3-3.5lbs?), or whether the addition of nutrients is necessary. Also, yeast?
Open to any suggestions on something that should give me a still, sweet mead. Doesn't have to be high on the alcohol but can be if it won't overpower the floral tastes(if there are any). Thanks in advance!
Well I don't know about flower meads, or flower anything really. Just about all flower flavoured stuff is blleeeaaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhhh! IMO (except occasional pieces of turkish delight).
Anyway, the bloke who runs Winesathome
, as from memory, recommended to a few people, when making stuff with elderflower and more recently, hawthorn flower brews, that they make the base of whatever, then when it gets to about 1.020/1.010 that they add the flower petals then and let it finish as it seems to retain much more of the aromatics etc, which, if you use heat/boiling water or put them into primary, tend to get lost i.e. some of the first of the aromatics to get blown straight out the airlock (especially if champagne yeast is used).
So, short of any other (or better) ideas, I'd have thought that might be the way to go.
Then at least, you should get plenty of the aroma coming through - though I'd have thought honeysuckle would dominate, as dandelion isn't very strong.
Apparently, if you freeze the petals, they retain the aromatics, while you're waiting for the base brew to get to the right level.
Dunno if any of that helps.....