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Old 01-07-2010, 06:12 PM   #1
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My friends are beginning to eye my fermenting/aging stock with curiosity and maybe a tad impatience .... they want to sample something and I know what I have will not be ready for quite some time.
So, I may have to one of the quicker recipes to give them (and my wife and I) something to enjoy while waiting.
What are some of the faster quasi-mead choices and the times from start to drink times?
I have read about cysers and JAOM-types ... what are the average times til they are ready for consumption ... but no longer tasting like modified racing fuel.

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There's two quick mead recipes. The main trick is low starting gravity. About 1 pound/gallon.

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In my opinion - some things just can't be rushed.

Fast mead is equal to bad mead. Again, in my opinion.

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I have 4 carboys currently "in progress" and do not wish to rush *them* ... so I am looking for something to drink in the interim.
I had read alot of good reviews about the various JAOM recipes as well as the cysers, so I figured they would be a good choice to help give the rest time to age ....

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JAO is about as quick & dirty as you can get. Drinkable in ~3 months... Better in a year...

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I have 4 carboys currently "in progress" and do not wish to rush *them* ... so I am looking for something to drink in the interim.
I had read alot of good reviews about the various JAOM recipes as well as the cysers, so I figured they would be a good choice to help give the rest time to age ....
ah, gotcha.

maybe just buy them some cheap wine?

I've made both JAOM and JQGM and I still think they taste too "hot" until at least six months in the bottle.

But, that's still quicker - and will keep all the pesky hands off of your treasures while it ages!
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ah, gotcha.

maybe just buy them some cheap wine?

I've made both JAOM and JQGM and I still think they taste too "hot" until at least six months in the bottle.

But, that's still quicker - and will keep all the pesky hands off of your treasures while it ages!
I would go the cheap wine route, but I am the first in my circle of acquaintances to try making their own wine and they are getting very eager to see what the end product tastes like.
I kinda stoked the curiosity by brewing a batch of gluten-free homebrew and they *really* liked that ... even though it was gluten-free ....
Now my wife (who is the ONLY celiac in the group) is scowling at me as the GF beer rapidly dwindles. Oooops!
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mead is never going to be ready to drink faster than a low/mid gravity beer, especially if the beer has been aging a bit already.

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Mead is just like beer or wine, the higher the gravity the longer it takes to condition. A 1.035 mead can be quite nice after a week.

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