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Old 10-21-2011, 07:16 PM   #11
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So far this 3 gallon batch has cost me;
$45 that I could have sold the honey for.
$15 for the Organic Cocoa
$4.35 for the Vanilla beans
$26 for the carboy I hadn't planned on getting
for a total of $90.35

If I bottle 3 gallons of mead, which I doubt, that would cost me a little over $6 a bottle.
How big are the bottles? This should be more like 3$ or 4$ for 12 oz bottles, shouldn't it? As well, the carboy is reuseable, so it's not like you can really include that in the cost of the mead; it's a separate entity entirely.

If you remove the carboy cost, and we assume only 2.5 gal of mead due to cocoa displacement, you're paying less than 2.50$ a 12 oz bottle for a ~14% ABV cocoa-mead.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:37 PM   #12
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How big are the bottles? This should be more like 3$ or 4$ for 12 oz bottles, shouldn't it? As well, the carboy is reuseable, so it's not like you can really include that in the cost of the mead; it's a separate entity entirely.

If you remove the carboy cost, and we assume only 2.5 gal of mead due to cocoa displacement, you're paying less than 2.50$ a 12 oz bottle for a ~14% ABV cocoa-mead.

I agree that the carboy is reusable but I had not been planning on buying another carboy at the present. It just seemed like it was the best route to take and not waste some great honey. Most of my bottles are 750 ml wine bottles with a few few 375ml stuck in.

Here are my calculations
3 gal converts to 11356 ml/750=15.14 bottles.
$90.35/15=$6.02 per bottle

Would you suggest that I use smaller bottles?
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:12 PM   #13
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but even the crappiest mead you can find in the US is roughly $10... I have a very similar batch sitting in my basement as well.. it's been about 2 weeks for me. Mine is also black (didn't expect that) but it smells incredible. I can't wait

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Old 10-29-2011, 01:02 AM   #14
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I checked my brew today. The sg is down to about 1.05. It looks like muddy water that has settled some. I am going to top it off with some honey/water and wait about a year.

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Old 11-17-2011, 04:15 PM   #15
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Last night I checked the SG of this mead. It is 1.01 which I think puts it to about 15%.

I tasted to see what it was like. Under the CO2 bite there was a pleasant slight chocolate taste.

I then added about 1 quart of water to top it up. This started a lot of CO2 coming to the top.

The next time I check it I am going to stir up the chocolate etc that has settled to the bottom.

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Old 11-17-2011, 10:00 PM   #16
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Last night I checked the SG of this mead. It is 1.01 which I think puts it to about 15%.

I tasted to see what it was like. Under the CO2 bite there was a pleasant slight chocolate taste.

I then added about 1 quart of water to top it up. This started a lot of CO2 coming to the top.

The next time I check it I am going to stir up the chocolate etc that has settled to the bottom.
Ha ha! yes, that's one thing that often gets missed on recommendations. Always give it a gentle stir before adding anything. Some stuff can cause it to foam out like a fountain, making stuff very messy indeed......
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:45 AM   #17
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Default Time to update on my Chocolate Mead

Other than stirring this mead once to possibly increase the flavor, I have let it sit in the basement since last year untouched. I filled the airlock when needed.

This past Saturday I did the first racking off of the lees and added a stablizer. The SG was 1.00. It still taste's like chocolate but I think the minty flavor of the honey is gone.

The mead has a hot bite to it. I hope this will mellow out as it ages.

I also think it will need to be sweetened later on.

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Old 11-07-2012, 04:59 PM   #18
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If I bottle 3 gallons of mead, which I doubt, that would cost me a little over $6 a bottle.
I don't know if this is a UK thing, but $6 a bottle still sounds pretty good value to me! $6 is the bare minimum I could hope to pay for a truly horrible shop-bought wine, and I don't get a fermentation vessel included in the price!
Got to love duties and VAT...
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It sounds good, I'm trying to make something similar. I think Lord Rys says it needs to be racked at a year and then left to age another year before bottling, then possibly another year in the bottles? It sounds really good the, cough, end result. It smells amazing while mixing up the must that's for sure.

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I pulled the Chocolate Mead out to check today. I like the looks and I will give it a sample here soon.

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