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Old 09-17-2012, 01:35 PM   #951
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In other JAOM news, I got cocky, and I'm paying the price. I've had so much luck with different fruits and flavors that I thought a cherry vanilla JAOM would be great.

Racked it yesterday after 4 months, clear as a bell, and took the obligatory taste for quality control.

Instead of oranges I had used two vanilla beans (they were on the older/drier side so I thought 2 would be appropriate) and enough fresh cherries to equal a pound before pitting and halving.

What I wound up with is the color or honey or ripe hay (no hint that it was made with cherries) and tastes... well... like Cap'n Crunch. Hopefully it will get better with age.

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Old 09-17-2012, 01:45 PM   #952
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Why not just add more cherries?

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Old 09-17-2012, 01:46 PM   #953
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Why not just add more cherries?
I suppose I could do that. Its that killer punch of vanilla I am lamenting more than anything.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:59 PM   #954
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I made a batch over the weekend replacing the orange with 12 oz of mashed blackberries and no clove. It ended up blowing off the airlock and ejecting some fruit over night, but I am hoping it will be okay. My 2 gallons of JAOM is moving along nicely. I tasted it and it didn't seem to strong on alcohol flavor. May bottle my first batch at the end of the month, will need some carboys for grape pyment once I need to transfer that.

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Old 09-18-2012, 12:45 AM   #955
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It is bothered, and, possesses by satin! You have pissed off the brew gods, and this is not safe to drink! Immediately disregard the instructions, bottle in beer bottles and ship to me for proper disposal!
*** this is your only responsible option!***

Just think of the children!

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I didn't see this until now.
Too funny!
I did taste just now. It tasted pretty good.
Slightly syrupy in consistency but good. Nice little alcohol burn.
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I didn't see this until now.
Too funny!
I did taste just now. It tasted pretty good.
Slightly syrupy in consistency but good. Nice little alcohol burn.
let it ride a little while before your next taste... I think you will be shocked where it went from there!

Or... drink it now...
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I used a rather dry yeast (DYW84) for my batch; almost two months in I could probably stand a little sweeter mead. What are my sweetening options? Just curious, I might actually age it as I hear dry meads can be quite good once aged.

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I used a rather dry yeast (DYW84) for my batch; almost two months in I could probably stand a little sweeter mead. What are my sweetening options? Just curious, I might actually age it as I hear dry meads can be quite good once aged.
You could rack it into a secondary vessel, use some potassium sorbate, and then sweeten to taste with more honey. No guarantee it won't ferment a little but it probably won't. A campden tab would probably seal the deal.
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Hey guys. Trying this out for my first mead and scaled up to 3 gallons. Like a noob I pitched 3 packets yeast. Is it okay or am I screwed from the massive amount of yeast.

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Hey guys. Trying this out for my first mead and scaled up to 3 gallons. Like a noob I pitched 3 packets yeast. Is it okay or am I screwed from the massive amount of yeast.
It's going to be totally screwed. Dump it immediately, because mead that has been that overpitched can actually catch on fire and explode!!!

Not really. It will be fine. I used a pack of yeast for a gallon and it behaved perfectly normally. Not even one flame.
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