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Old 11-04-2011, 05:34 AM   #551
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Ive never heard of anyone adding white sugar to the mix in a JAOM, so unless I'm way off base Id say that was the issue. Did you just run out of honey? I'd think that white sugar would help give it a more rubbing alcohol prison wine like flavor.
Um, I only used 1.5lbs because honey was expensive. I when I used it the og was low like a ale. So I thought I should sugar jack it. Now its super strong.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:23 PM   #552
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I have a question I did a very small batch of this with a gravity of 1.060 so I added sugar to it. I forgot the OG but think it was around 1.070. I took a reading and it was .996 is that normal. I could NOT stand tasting this pile. It's so harsh with no flavor. It is still very young. Maybe this time next year it will calm down.
Hey Random, if it were me, I would bottle what you have made already, forget about it for 6 months to a year and dont expect too much. Seems a shame, not to mention a waste of time and money, to throw out anything without giving it the proper time. One common issue in this thread is that these meads all are a little rough without having a little time on the bottle. Secondly I would get another batch started as soon as possible, try walmart, costco or bj's wholesale for better prices on honey. This way you can compare the two and know what or what not to do in the future.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:00 PM   #553
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Im not blaming you or saying you did anything wrong, I know honey is expensive trust me. I would think that even a pound and a half of white sugar would be enough to make some serious jet fuel, though.

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Old 11-04-2011, 07:17 PM   #554
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Hey Random, if it were me, I would bottle what you have made already, forget about it for 6 months to a year and dont expect too much. Seems a shame, not to mention a waste of time and money, to throw out anything without giving it the proper time. One common issue in this thread is that these meads all are a little rough without having a little time on the bottle. Secondly I would get another batch started as soon as possible, try walmart, costco or bj's wholesale for better prices on honey. This way you can compare the two and know what or what not to do in the future.
Since its sitting on the oranges, If I bottle it would the orange show though over time. If I already take it off the oranges?
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:33 PM   #555
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Since its sitting on the oranges, If I bottle it would the orange show though over time. If I already take it off the oranges?
How long has it been sitting on the oranges?
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:32 AM   #556
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Since its sitting on the oranges, If I bottle it would the orange show though over time. If I already take it off the oranges?
If the oranges have dropped I would go as per instructions. Seems like this recipe is very popular for a reason, its simple and good. I just made my first batch of this stuff in the beginning of October and I am still waiting for the oranges to drop but the smell of this stuff is amazing. I have gathered from all of the pros at mead making that time is the most important thing (couple of guys told me to forget about it for at least 2 years befoer you try it if you want all of the flavors to fully develop) If its been at least a month in your primary they should be ready to drop any day and they should show through, hopefully...
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:17 AM   #557
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RandomBeerGuy I would wait for the full 2 months and then bottle it. The worst that could happen is that it doesn't taste good. Mine is really good at only 7 months old.

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Old 11-13-2011, 03:22 AM   #558
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Just started a 5 gallon batch tonight

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Old 11-13-2011, 04:28 AM   #559
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that look's pretty Tnoodle

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This is my 3rd batch and it is so hard to wait the 2 months for it to finish

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