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Old 08-03-2012, 01:25 PM   #841
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As a guy who has ONLY brewed JAOM, JAOM variants and Apfelwein, I have to say that I like it leaps and bounds better than Chaucers or the other commercial meads I have tasted. Plus I get to screw around with different fruits and flavors, and the cost is minimal.

I just run the honey container closed under hot water for a little while to loosen it up for pouring, and I dont bother stirring or shaking the jug after I add my gallon of tepid water. The little yeast warriors will eat the honey from the top down, and its fun to watch over time.

By the way, the ONLY two adjuncts that I didnt like when I tweaked this base recipe were the espresso (brew coffee first, dont use grounds like a yutz) and the lavender. YMMV, but I've tried all manner of different fruits and have enjoyed just about every one of them.

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Old 08-03-2012, 03:58 PM   #842
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Well, I bottled mine over the weekend. I really like the taste but the clove is STRONG. I threw caution to the wind and used 2 cloves. I think I'll start another batch with just one. I'll be aging the 2 clove batch for a while to see how it mellows. Thanks Joe, where ever you are.

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Old 08-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #843
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Still not clear after 4 months (brewed April 1st), not sure if I should bottle it or continue to wait, thoughts?

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Still not clear after 4 months (brewed April 1st), not sure if I should bottle it or continue to wait, thoughts?
Unless you are looking for a mess, Do Not Bottle till it's clear!
you could rack it and leave it for a while. Also, make sure it's somewhere that is very still, not on a rickety coffee table.
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Just started my first mead. JAOM. Peeled the oranges and just put what I would normally eat in there.

Patiently brewing beer until October.

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Patiently brewing beer until October.
Don't be a sally!
Dream about your JOAM! Think of some additional flavors you might like to try... then TRY IT!
My first year of brewing JOAM (Which I decided I really didn't like) I made over 20 1 gallon batches. All Different, all (but 2 were drinkable) and all made me a better brewer and mead maker!

You can only learn so much from reading. Eventually, you have to put wort and must into fermenters and make bubbles!

Get To It!
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Don't be a sally!
Dream about your JOAM! Think of some additional flavors you might like to try... then TRY IT!
My first year of brewing JOAM (Which I decided I really didn't like) I made over 20 1 gallon batches. All Different, all (but 2 were drinkable) and all made me a better brewer and mead maker!

You can only learn so much from reading. Eventually, you have to put wort and must into fermenters and make bubbles!

Get To It!
I bought a bottle of Chaucer's to see if I even like mead, then I have three one gallon glass jugs waiting if I like it. I'm a cider guy and not sure if I'll like it.
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I bought a bottle of Chaucer's to see if I even like mead,
I may be the only guy on HBT that likes Chaucers.... so beware!
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:12 AM   #850
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Just got started on a 3 gallon batch, and incidentally, my first brewing project of any kind.

I went with 2 gallons of cheap filtered apple juice with only ascorbic acid added, 2 quarts of unfiltered fresh cherry juice, and 3 pounds of honey. Based on the sugar content of the ingredients I should be right at 1.08 OG.

6 hours in it's fizzing away like a hot soda in my recycled 3 gallon Prima jug with its super-sophisticated ballon airlock.

Edit 20 hours in: Holy hell, the balloon airlock thing definitely does not work for these ingredients. The balloon was almost entirely inflated and half full of blow off 2 hours ago, so I popped out the center of the jug lid and went down to Lowes to get 4 feet of 1/2" OD plastic tubing. Sanitized everything, managed to squeeze off the balloon without spraying the inside of my cupboard, and have it chugging rust colored froth into a 1 gallon water jug which I have sitting in a pan should it froth over. Smells great though, nice sour tang from the cherries.

Thanks for all the tips.

With the sale on apple and cherry juice, I ended up getting another 4 gallons of the apple and 4 quarts of the cherry, and picked up a 32oz bottle of cherry concentrate off Amazon. I'll go get a 6 gallon pail and 5 gallon better bottle, some K1V-1116, a couple of airlocks, and a hydrometer to do a sparkling cherry cider to tide me over until the mead mellows out.

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