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Old 12-27-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default Questions on my first JAOM

I started my first batch of JAOM 2 weeks ago. Opened it up to take a gravity reading today, and SG is 1.006 and still appears to be working! I thought this stuff was supposed to finish fairly sweet? It was a 3gal batch so I pitched 3 packets of Fleischmann's yeast, so probably over-pitched based on looking back at the recipe, maybe that has something to do with it?

It doesn't taste bad, if a bit rough... there's definitely an odd bitterness to it that I assume would normally be covered up by the residual sweetness, and the cloves come through a bit stronger than I would have hoped.

I'm assuming best course is to leave it alone, let it finish, stabilize and back-sweeten at bottling?

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Old 12-28-2012, 12:11 AM   #2
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It seems some end up with a natural residual sugar and others ferment dry. So stabilizing with k-meta plus sorbate prior to b/s is an option. My 2010 JMAO is now approaching three years old and was tweaked with one cup of Hershey's chocolate syrup per gallon--became chocolate orange spice mead, quite nice--two bottles left.
Getting ready to start a fresh gallon of original JMAO on New Year's Day, it is a tradition.

As far as the taste of your batch, definitely give it some time as you will be amazed how it ages. Personally I have yet to enjoy JMAO as soon as it is clear, but around three months it starts to perk up for me. I also use good honey, orange blossom and tupelo are my favorites--meadowfoam when I have it. I really like to play with different combinations of honey.

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Old 12-28-2012, 05:34 AM   #3
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Thanks, good to know that some people end up with this recipe dry. I do think I'll back-sweeten eventually though, but I look forward to seeing how the flavor matures.

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Old 12-28-2012, 07:55 AM   #4
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Generally, JAO starts high and finishes at about the 1.020 to 1.030 sort of area. Plus when scaling up from 1 gallon you'd normally just triple all ingredients except the yeast, but just leave it to do its thing IMO then once the fruit has dropped rack and taste then. It may recover some perception of sweetness. If it doesn't then think about back sweetening......

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Old 07-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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Default Also my first batch of JAOM, Help!

So I started my first batch of JAOM. We did a 5 gallon batch and are doing it in a fermenting bucket. The airlock still isn't bubbling!!?? When we open it up there is a lot of foam and bubbles. Is it working or not?

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Old 07-21-2013, 03:53 PM   #6
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Probably,the bucket may not be totally sealed.Plus by opening it you released alot of it.Does it bubble when you press down on the lid? You may get a better seal by resealing it. How much yeast did you pitch? I know they say to not scale up the yeast but for 5 gal,I think I would use at least 2 tsp bread yeast personally. Especially if you have more honey per pound.

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