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Hockeyhunter99 01-23-2012 06:51 PM

Yooper's mead question
 
Hey all,

i have been brewing beer for quite a few years now and i decided to try a mead recipe from yooper. it is a one gallon batch

i am sorry that i don't have an actual recipe but it was: (from memory)

3# clover honey
cinnimon sticks
clove
Orange cut up
Baker's yeast

I trust yooper and have never tried mead before.


here's the question.

It is extremely sweet and smells like liquor. i don't know if this is how it is suppose to be but i thought i would ask. if it is ok then i will drink it but if it needs to ferment more i will de-gas them and recap so i don't get bottle bombs. i did not take an OG but the FG is 1.050.

let me know if i am way off or crazy or just don't understand mead.

turtlescales 01-23-2012 06:55 PM

Sound's like the JAOM recipe, for Joe's Ancient Orange Mead that Yooper has posted in the recipe section. The recipe says that it will come out sweet, and when it is clear it is ready to drink but you can also wait a little longer for the oranges to fall.

Bhunter87 01-23-2012 07:05 PM

How long has it been fermenting?? 1.050 should still ferment out a little more I think. I'm new to mead as well though so I could be wrong

LowerMillHillBackyardBrew 01-23-2012 07:27 PM

I'm no expert on mead, but I think 1.050 seems way too high! And as you say, extremely sweet. The recipe for JAOM says FG ~1.030. Have you bottled it? If so, I'd say there's a high risk of bottle bombs. What was the OG? At 1.050 there's definitely still lots of sugar left for the yeast to eat.

turtlescales 01-23-2012 07:33 PM

When did you start this?

Hockeyhunter99 01-23-2012 08:00 PM

i started it on Nov. 3rd at Dec. 29th it was clear. moved it up stairs to the kitchen and it was stirred up a little. let it settle again with little or no air lock activity (i know that doesn't mean anything) the oranges started to fall. bottled last night and since i didn't take an OG i went ahead and bottled. had a bottle tip over and spill so i thought i would just check the SG and it was, IMHO, extremely high. put the bottles in a bucket with lid just in case and i am going to let them sit for a while but just wanted to get an idea as to the outcome.

like i said, i have brewed beer for years but just haven't done any mead.

Bhunter87 01-23-2012 08:02 PM

What type of yeast did you use?

Hockeyhunter99 01-23-2012 08:03 PM

Fleichmans

Bhunter87 01-23-2012 08:11 PM

I actually don't know much about Fleichmans.

I guess I'll pass this off to the real mead makers and leave you with a good luck and happy brewing

Cheers

GinKings 01-23-2012 08:38 PM

1.050 is quite high for an FG, but it might well be done if it was clear. I'm not familiar with bread yeast either, but I wouldn't be surprised if you reached it's alcohol tolerance. With 3 lbs honey in a gallon batch, you're probably somewhere around 8% ABV.


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