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summersolstice 07-06-2008 02:14 PM

Chai Spiced Cyser
 
This is a tasty mead but it takes at least a year (two is better) for the flavors to blend and the alcohol to moderate.

5 gallons Apple juice
14 lbs Orange Blossom honey
1t pectic enzyme
1t tannin

In a straining bag:

5 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
10 green cardamom beans
5 thumbnails of fresh ginger
2 lbs chopped dates
a dozen or so tart apples, sliced and crushed

Hydrate Lalvin D-47 yeast with 2 1/2 cups of 104F water in 1t of Go-Ferm

Add 1/2t DAP to the must prior to pitching yeast. Add 1t Fermaid-K at the end of the lag phase (10 hours of so). Add 1t Fermaid-K at the 1/3 sugar break (a couple days). Add 1t Fermaid-K at 2/3 sugar break.

Oxygenate thoroughly twice a day until the 1/3 sugar break. Stir gently once a day until fermentation is complete.

Add 1 lb dried cherries to the secondary and top with apple juice as necessary.

Ferment at 68F.

OG 1.110

This should have a little residual sweetness but if more is desired, add 4-6 oz honey and 4-6 oz apple juice concentrate.

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eschatz 07-06-2008 07:05 PM

i cant imagine a Chai Spiced Cyser... i'll need a sample to evaluate....

scinerd3000 10-16-2008 04:43 AM

where do you get green cardimum beans?

summersolstice 10-16-2008 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scinerd3000 (Post 899347)
where do you get green cardimum beans?

You can get them anywhere online. I got mine from a Middle Eastern vendor at the farmer's market in Kansas City.

Liquisky 12-30-2008 05:48 PM

summersolstice,

I love chai tea and I'm considering this mead. A question comes to mind though:

Could you please describe a "thumbnail" of ginger to a newb like me?

I think I'll use your recipe combined with Hightest's staggerd nutrient additions.

Thanks

summersolstice 12-30-2008 08:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Liquisky (Post 1033567)
summersolstice,

Could you please describe a "thumbnail" of ginger to a newb like me?

Thanks

A thumbnail is sliced from fresh ginger and is about 1/4 inch thick and the size of your thumbnail. It isn't a formal or exact measurement so use a little more if you like ginger, or a little less if you don't.

Good luck!

jezter6 12-30-2008 09:10 PM

where do I get a cool drinking horn like that???

looks awesome next to a spiffy lookin drink

summersolstice 12-31-2008 04:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jezter6 (Post 1034071)
where do I get a cool drinking horn like that???

I found it in a pawn shop in Nebraska. It's Russian and the label that was attached to the chain was in Cyrillic. I coated the inside with melted beeswax.

Liquisky 01-19-2009 10:41 PM

Summersolstice, what type of dried cherries would you suggest? I looked online and this site sells several varieties (Bing, Columbia river tart, rainier, totally tart, cherry melody)

I'd appreciate your advice.

Chukar Cherries: Dried Cherries & Berries

I put this together yesterday. The SG was the same as yours. The only thing I did differently was juice 12 Granny Smith apples (they seemed pretty "tart") poured in the juice and added the pulp to the straining bag.

summersolstice 01-20-2009 01:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Liquisky (Post 1075702)
Summersolstice, what type of dried cherries would you suggest?

I dunno - I got mine at Wal Mart. I suppose the tart cherries...


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