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Old 03-19-2008, 01:43 AM   #1
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I just read the 'Prickly Pear Cactus Mead' recipe in Charlie Papazian's famous book we all love. Is the recipe really that good?

Regardless, where do I find the ingredients to make mead? I don't usually see pounds of honey and prickly pear cactus fruit in the grocery store or the Local Homebrew Shop...

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Old 03-19-2008, 03:14 AM   #2
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I've been fermenting mine for about 7 months and this thing is not clearing.

I don't think I like it all that much.

I do recommend the Barkshack Ginger Mead though.

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Old 03-19-2008, 04:17 AM   #3
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if your LHBS doesn't have honey...ask why, and if you don't get a rasonable answer, find a new one.
If you can't find honey at the grocery store visit the "Hippy" stores. I LOVE the selection at the Vitamin Cottage, and Whole Foods is good too. This summer I plan to find some local bee keepers and make friends.

As far as the Prickly Pear Cactus Mead...I dunno? I made jelly last year with it, and my fingers still hurt, the jelly is good, but not great. I kinda think the wine is about the same. It's bound to be good....But I don't know if it's worth the effort.

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Old 03-19-2008, 09:46 AM   #4
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I just bottled up a batch I made last summer. I think its pretty good. I am planning on making another batch this year.

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Old 03-19-2008, 01:05 PM   #5
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There are apiaries (bee keepers) all over the country and you'll get some great deals if you buy in bulk. Look for prices under $2/lb if you buy 12 or more pounds.

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In Malta they have a local liqiour made from Prickly Pear, very sweet, although I've never had a mead made with it, I didn't find it too drinkable. Just my taste-buds though... The others loved the stuff.

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