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Old 12-09-2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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So I made a Vanilla Mead about a month and a half ago. I cracked the airlock recently just to get a sample of how it is coming along, and it is beyond delicious. Like, its still sweet with some hint of citrus (I put a cup of strong orange tea in primary) and a pleasant aroma and taste of vanilla.

I am 25. Most would argue that I am not sophisticated yet to appreciate the finer things in life... but does it get better then this? Is aging it a year going to drastically change the taste?

I know, I am impatient. Its just... really good.

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Old 12-09-2009, 03:42 PM   #2
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Aging will reduce the alcohol burn and blend those flavors to make even more complex flavors.

Try it at separate ages

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Old 12-09-2009, 03:55 PM   #3
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best thing to do is to bottle it .. set some aside for now.. some aside for 6 months ... and the rest for 1 year +

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Old 12-09-2009, 04:01 PM   #4
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So I made a Vanilla Mead about a month and a half ago. I cracked the airlock recently just to get a sample of how it is coming along, and it is beyond delicious. Like, its still sweet with some hint of citrus (I put a cup of strong orange tea in primary) and a pleasant aroma and taste of vanilla.

I am 25. Most would argue that I am not sophisticated yet to appreciate the finer things in life... but does it get better then this? Is aging it a year going to drastically change the taste?

I know, I am impatient. Its just... really good.
What is the recipe?
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:35 PM   #5
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One gallon of Honey, 4 gallons of water, 4 ounces of Vanilla Extract, one orange worth of zest, and one cup strong citrus tea.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:39 PM   #6
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Bottle some in a few 12oz bottles so you can sample at different ages. You can age that mead for a several years if you want, I don't even think of drinking any of my meads/melomels/cysers until at least the 1.5 year mark. I have 2 cysers that have been bulk aging for over 2 years now, I might bottle them this spring, but I'm in no big hurry. Regards, GF

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Old 12-10-2009, 12:39 AM   #7
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I'd drink some and save some.

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Old 12-16-2009, 07:17 AM   #8
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I tried to create a vanilla similar to that, in a 1 gallon batch and it was terrible after 6 months.. I'm curious to know what kind of extract you used? I'm something of a vanilla junkie and was considering trying vanilla beans for my next go round... but if this is as good as you say I'd like to get the name of the extract and of the honey you used.

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Old 12-16-2009, 08:15 AM   #9
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i year? but i want to drunk it now! i admire anyone who can show such restraint.

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Old 12-16-2009, 09:46 AM   #10
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Patience young Jedi..........


Use the force and you'll be presently surprised how much it improves with age!

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