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Old 07-31-2013, 12:39 AM   #1
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Hello all, I'm new to the world of mead still and need some help. I was just about to start a new batch of mead when I was thinking about adding just a hint of whiskey flavor. I was wondering if any added whiskey would mess up the yeast or if there is a way to get just the flavor. Any thoughts?

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Old 07-31-2013, 01:38 AM   #2
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Make your mead and add it back later.

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Old 07-31-2013, 02:22 AM   #3
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I love making meads taste like low alcohol whiskey. My technique is to start with a honey that has a slight buttery flavor (adding a little Meadowfoam to wildflower works) then ferment till dry. Then put into a medium char oak keg for a year at least. I have a 13 gallon Hungarian oak and a 5 gallon American oak keg that I use to age to get the right flavor. I sometimes add some "frozen then thawed" mead during the aging to top off the keg to replace the angel's portion that is lost. So good luck on your oak aged mead.

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Old 07-31-2013, 04:56 AM   #4
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If you're gonna add whisky for flavour, as Lungus mentions ferment it dry, only then add it, to taste.

It will increase alc level and reduce body

Make it, fortify it then taste a glass with a teaspoon of honey stirred in.....

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You can add whiskey after fermentation or if you want you can add whiskey flavoring and only add what you want to change the flavor profile but not the ABV

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Thanks guys. Can't wait to try out your advice. Really wish I could afford that barrel. Maybe later on.

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The flavor of whiskey comes from the toasted oak it's aged in. Otherwise it's just moonshine.

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Smoking the malt adds flavour as well, at least in Islay single malts.

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