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Old 03-25-2013, 08:05 PM   #1231
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I've got 2 gallons of JAOM brewing right now. 2 weeks in for the youngins.

Also, yes I am using the traditional balloon airlocks. :P

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Old 03-26-2013, 02:17 AM   #1232
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Update on my batches....
Unfortunately the mixed berries that i used must have been sweetened or something because both of those erupted violently while i was at work. Thought i would be safe since they were only 3/4 full. They are now only half full...... ouch

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Old 03-26-2013, 04:19 AM   #1233
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I'm sure that most don't have the patience to wait this long, truthfully neither do I. But luckily I got so busy brewing that I forgot a couple bottles of my JOAM from two years ago. Do yourself a favor and become absent minded, this is certainly the nectar of the gods. It wasn't bad when I first had it over a year ago, but it still had some edge and some heat; I remember easily picking out individual flavors. Now it is amazingly smooth and balanced. I'm making a new batch this weekend and not allowing myself to touch it for 24 months. Two bottles was not enough.

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:34 AM   #1234
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Hi all,

I made a batch of this on the 17th Feb and as of today it is pretty clear but there doesn't seem to be any activity and it seems way to early to be ready. I didn't take an original gravity reading so I have no idea where I started at. Should I just let it sit and see what happens?

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:58 PM   #1235
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Thirsty, when you say clear do you just mean it looks pretty or do you mean you can read a newspaper through it?

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YES, WE HAVE TRIED OTHER YEASTS! USE BREAD YEAST FOR JAOM!

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Old 03-26-2013, 03:07 PM   #1236
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try to leave it. I am using my old Mr beer fermenter so I can take little samples. Bad thing is the little samples start getting bigger and when its ready there is not much left...LOL

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:23 AM   #1237
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Yeah it's not newspaper clear yet. So I am guessing just leave it for now

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:44 PM   #1238
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Apparently I should not be making Mead. I failed to calculate the amount of honey going into the water and also did not think to use less than 1 gallon of water. 4lbs of honey in 1 gallon of water does not equal 1 gallon in my Gallon jug.

I did take an OG reading though! About 1.110 (+/-2)

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Old 03-29-2013, 04:12 PM   #1239
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Apparently I should not be making Mead. I failed to calculate the amount of honey going into the water and also did not think to use less than 1 gallon of water. 4lbs of honey in 1 gallon of water does not equal 1 gallon in my Gallon jug.

I did take an OG reading though! About 1.110 (+/-2)
just put the additional mead/water in a smaller container for fermenting, you'll be fine.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:09 PM   #1240
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Hey, so the two months is up and I sampled my tweaked recipe, here's how mine turned out.

Given the fact that I used a stronger yeast than bread yeast, and the fact that I had a bit less honey than I was supposed to (beekeeper's going to give me a bigger batch for cheaper next time), the Mead doesn't taste much like honey. But it does taste great!

Since it's my first time, I was scared I'd screw up, but it's actually pretty drinkable. It's very dry, and tastes a lot like white wine. Also, it was a really good call not to add the skin of the oranges in with the mix. It would have spoiled the taste.

I actually like that it's dry. I'll be able to drink a lot without getting sick, unlike with a dessert wine.

All in all, good taste, just doesn't taste like honey enough. I'll be sure to add more honey (and maybe vanilla or whatnot) to the next mix.

Oh, also, I don't know the alcohol %. Gonna go buy the thing for that. I guess it's about as high as a normal wine.

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