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Old 01-28-2013, 02:01 AM   #1
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Default Hard Arnold Palmer - (1/2 Sweet Tea, 1/2 Lemonade)

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Wyeast 4184 (Sweet Mead)
Yeast Starter: N/A
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 4
Original Gravity: Roughly 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.010
Boiling Time (Minutes): 1
Color: Light Amber
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 3-4 weeks at 70*F
Additional Fermentation: N/A
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): N/A
Tasting Notes: you tell me

I've always liked non-alcoholic Arnold Palmer drinks (1/2 ice tea, 1/2 lemonade), so I adapted the Light Lemon Mead recipe posted in this forum for this style of drink. Also, note that this recipe yields 4 gallons. You can certainly adapt this to make 5 gallons. If someone already posted a similar recipe, I couldn't find it. They can have all the credit.

Let's call this one the Freddy Couples

Ingredients:
1.5 gallons of organic (or all-natural) sweet tea. Target/Wal-Mart sells this.
3 cans (12 oz each) of all-natural frozen lemonade (i.e. minute maid)
40 oz of honey (I'm not picky)
1 pound corn sugar
1 tbsp yeast nutrient (optional)

Directions:
(I assume you know what and how to sanitize)
Heat 0.5 gallons of water to 170 and remove from heat
Add the lemonade, honey and sugar and stir
Heat the mix back to 170 degrees and then remove from heat
Let it cool down a bit
Pour the wort into a fermenting bucket or siphon into a carboy
Add the 1.5 gallons of sweet tea to the fermenter
Top off the fermenter to 4 gallons by adding water
Cover fermenter with a lid until the temperature drops to about 70-75*F (this doesn't take long in Minnesota during the month of January...)
When the temperature drops to 70-75*F, add nutrient if you so desire
Aerate the wort for a few minutes
Pitch the yeast

I'm a primary-only guy, so I let this one ferment in the primary for 3-4 weeks at 70*degrees as a rule of thumb. Let your hydrometer tell you when it is done.

When fermentation is complete (a steady FG of 1.010 or so depending on your fermentation), it's time to choose your own adventure.

Option A - Bottle/keg without backsweetening. This will leave you with a still beverage that is enjoyable over a glass of ice.

Option B - Backsweeten with 1-3 cans of Minute Maid frozen iced tea/lemonade concentrate depending on how sweet you want it. If you are going to backsweeten and bottle, be forewarned that you'll need to kill the yeast to avoid shrapnel. Do this by adding the appropriate amount of potassium sorbate prior to bottling (non-carbonated) or stove top pasteurize once the bottles are sufficiently carbonated.

I chose Option A. I figure I can always sweeten the drink if needed by adding lemonade/iced tea to my glass.

I have not tried Option B, so let me know how that turns out. If you want to bottle carb this, you may want to add some priming sugar as well.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:10 AM   #2
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Sounds really good . Im going to try to make it this week some time .

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:04 AM   #3
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What kind of yeast did you use?

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Old 01-30-2013, 12:42 PM   #4
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I used Sweet Mead yeast from Wyeast (4184)

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could you cold crash it to kill the yeast before back sweetening?

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could you cold crash it to kill the yeast before back sweetening?
I've never cold crashed before, but if that kills the yeast, I suppose that would work as well. Let me know if it does. That would be easier than stove-top pasteurizing.
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could you cold crash it to kill the yeast before back sweetening?
Cold crashing does not kill yeast, but simply makes it go dormant. When back sweetening, this is not a method that will "avoid shrapnel."
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Just made a batch of it . Smells realy good

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Just made a batch of it . Smells realy good

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Was that a 4 gallon or 5 gallon batch? I can't tell if that is a 5 or 6.5 gallon carboy.

What was your OG rating? I'm curious how different types of sweet tea impact the OG.
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Its a 4 gallon . And I broke my hydrometer right before I made it . So im sol till tomorrow ehen I get a new one

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