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Old 01-25-2013, 02:42 AM   #11
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Just did this exact same thing making mead.... feel like the dumbest lol...

I hope it turns our well in the melted bottle!

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Old 01-25-2013, 02:52 AM   #12
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:53 AM   #13
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Just did this exact same thing making mead.... feel like the dumbest lol...

I hope it turns our well in the melted bottle!
Why were you heating mead? although I have never made one I thought you were not supposed to heat it?
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Why were you heating mead? although I have never made one I thought you were not supposed to heat it?
Agreed, also interested in the answer. I thought you could just use raw honey and water. Is that not how it's done in practice?
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:21 AM   #15
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I am clearly a novice, but from what i gather you heat it to sanitize it and blend the flavors. For this recipe i boiled 10 lbs honey with some water ,saaz hops, then blueberrys. Then i melted my carboy and let my yeast sit too long in the confusion i created. Lol. Dont do it how i did. I am gonna pitch the yeast tomorrow when i can get more. The mead forum on here has great info with people who are (clearly) alot better at this than me lol

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Old 01-25-2013, 04:32 AM   #16
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Why were you heating mead? although I have never made one I thought you were not supposed to heat it?
I dont think your supposed too, or atleast in most cases. I never did for any of mine....just dump everything in and pop an airlock on it..thats the beauty of meads...they take 15 minutes to finish. Then 1 year to become drinkable
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I dont think your supposed too, or atleast in most cases. I never did for any of mine....just dump everything in and pop an airlock on it..thats the beauty of meads...they take 15 minutes to finish. Then 1 year to become drinkable
All of charlie papazians recipes call for boiling. I guess it is 'new school' to not boil.
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All of charlie papazians recipes call for boiling. I guess it is 'new school' to not boil.
Your right, just checked. Seems like it is just a quick boil to remove proteins. From my work with a honey producer they always wanted the time at high temps kept to a minimum to minimise the damage to the honey flavours. But that was for eating it not drinking it!
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Your right, just checked. Seems like it is just a quick boil to remove proteins. From my work with a honey producer they always wanted the time at high temps kept to a minimum to minimise the damage to the honey flavours. But that was for eating it not drinking it!
The same still applies, boiling time should be minimized. From what i gather if any thing like hops or fruits are going to be boiled in the mead, they should be boiled in just water (just like you would making beer) and then the honey should be added and brought to temperature.
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