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Atek 01-18-2013 05:07 PM

Skeeter Mead
I started this thread due to some discussions on the skeeter pee thread. I will be doing some testing of implementing and mead variation of the skeeter pee lemon wine. There seemed to be some interest in this so anyone else currently making a skeeter mead or planning to please don't e shy :-)

ColoHox 01-18-2013 05:10 PM

Can you post a recipe for the variation?

Arpolis 01-18-2013 05:40 PM

Atek and I were talking about this in the skeeter pee thread and I have wanted to do it since I have bottled my last Skeeter Pee. First I need to start geting my braggot, ginger mead, green apple mead & sake to bottles before I start this but here is my plan.

In the original recipe you need to start this with a yeast slurry rather than making a simple starter or pitching fresh yeast because it is hard to ferment right & with the substitution of honey for sugar the PH will be lower than the original SP recipe so this is even more important.

I will make a starter wine and allow it to clear over 1 - 2 months to get a nice yeast cake to siphon off of. Here is the wine I will throw together:

1 gallon white grape peach

4 cans of Welch's White grape peach concentrate.
1 TBS black tea
1 tsp DAP
1/2 tsp yeast energizer
1/2 tsp pectic enzyme
Water to a gallon
Yeast: Lalvin 71b

When I have the wine racked off of the yeast in that I will start the Skeeter Pee. I converted the sugar amount to honey using the GotMead.com calculator. I also do the recipe a little different and don't use grape tannin. Rather I use Black tea so here is the recipe for the SP:

3 bottles of 32 oz 100% lemon juice (e.g ReaLemon in the green plastic bottles or equivalent)
8.75 lbs honey
1 tbs black tea
6 tsp. yeast nutrient (3 now, 3 later)
2 tsp. yeast energizer (1 now, 1 later)
Approx, 4 1/2 gallons water
Yeast Slurry
Potassium metabisulfite (Camden Tablets)
Potassium sorbate (sorbate)
2 1/3 lbs sugar (or 6 cups) to sweeten finished Skeeter Pee. Use more or less for your tastes.

Directions for putting this together is at http://www.skeeterpee.com

This should yield an OG of around 1.07 & be at around 10% ABV when done. Here within the month I will probably start this.

Atek 01-18-2013 09:02 PM

Ok, I am just waiting for the time to do this. I will be deviating from the traditional method so I'm pretty excited to see how our two results differ. My plan goes as follows:

I will make a traditional mead -
9lbs honey (easier to measure out than the calculated sugar equivalent of 8.75lbs)
3/4 tsp tannin
3 tsp nutrient
water to 5 gal
OG 1.064 = 8.72% ABV

After fermentation I will add the 96oz lemon juice and stabilize. I will let this sit until clear, or for 2-3 weeks then use a fining agent. Once clear I will rack and back sweeten with 3.5lbs honey.

Arpolis 01-18-2013 09:27 PM

Ha when I copied and pasted the recipe from the SP web sight I forgot to change that I will back sweeten with honey. So I will use 3.5 lb of honey just like Atek.

Arpolis 02-04-2013 09:53 PM

Ok I have started this project off. I am getting my Starter wine ready so I can rack off the yeast slurry to use in the skeeter mead.The recipe I used is as follows:

4 cans of Welch's White grape peach concentrate.
1 TBS black tea (Stash brand Earl Grey)
1 tsp DAP
1/2 tsp yeast energizer
1/2 tsp pectic enzyme
Water to a gallon
Yeast: Lalvin 71b

I mixed it all together lack the pectic enzyme and added a crushed camden tablet. 14 hours later I added the pectic enzyme. 12 hours after that I took a gravity reading, removed about a half cup of must to add head space in case the yeast get too active and blow out the airlock. I will add that half cup back after 2 - 3 days when it calms down. Sprinkled 5g of the 71b yeast right on top without stiring. Left alone for 15 min and then placed airlock.

Gravity ended up at 1.08
Potential ABV of finished product is 11% ABV

I will let this go for 30 days or untill fermentation stops. Throw it in the fridge and allow yeast to settle over a period of a week. Rack and then use slurry for skeeter mead.

Atek 02-05-2013 04:25 AM

Sweet! I'd better get started soon myself!

Arpolis 02-05-2013 12:10 PM

Hey even if you start a month out you are ahead of me. I am just preparing the yeast right now. You will have a pack of 1118 yeast that will start off fast with only 15 minutes to rehydrate it. My method will take 5-6 weeks before I can pitch the yeast lol.

Atek 02-05-2013 09:19 PM

Haha that's true!

Arpolis 02-21-2013 10:59 PM

The White grape peach wine has been in the fridge over the last several days and is super super clear with about an inch of lees. This recipe really put out a healthy yeast colony so I am thinking it will work out well. The wine smells awesome too so can't wait to taste it. Next Friday the 1st is pay day so I will get the Lemon juice and Honey then and start this next weekend.

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