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Old 10-23-2011, 11:32 PM   #121
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Just tried this for the first time. After 5 months, this tastes like hooch with a yeasty aftertaste. In other words terrible!

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:05 PM   #122
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Just tried this for the first time. After 5 months, this tastes like hooch with a yeasty aftertaste. In other words terrible!
You messed something up obviously. I made this twice in past 2 months. One exactly per recipe and second - fortified (16% ABV) version. Both are nice, pleasant and very drinkable after a month only! I can't imagine how good this will be at 6-12 months.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:22 PM   #123
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Just tried this for the first time. After 5 months, this tastes like hooch with a yeasty aftertaste. In other words terrible!
did you not rack it to a secondary, kill fermentation, and then backsweeten? thats what this sounds like
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:37 PM   #124
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did you not rack it to a secondary, kill fermentation, and then backsweeten? thats what this sounds like
Yep, followed the directions exactly on every step and ingrediant.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:38 PM   #125
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You messed something up obviously. I made this twice in past 2 months. One exactly per recipe and second - fortified (16% ABV) version. Both are nice, pleasant and very drinkable after a month only! I can't imagine how good this will be at 6-12 months.
I'm not sure what I would have messed up. It was pretty easy to follow the directions exactly.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:22 PM   #126
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Just tried this for the first time. After 5 months, this tastes like hooch with a yeasty aftertaste. In other words terrible!
Now I'm second guessing myself...
I hope it turns out.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:41 PM   #127
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I'm not sure what I would have messed up. It was pretty easy to follow the directions exactly.
may be you just don't like mead? Did you make other recipes? This one was my first one. I tried commercial mead from the store and it was ok. JQGM is really good right after fermentation without any aging. At least to my taste
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:35 AM   #128
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may be you just don't like mead? Did you make other recipes? This one was my first one. I tried commercial mead from the store and it was ok. JQGM is really good right after fermentation without any aging. At least to my taste
That's certainly possible.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:29 PM   #129
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Just started a 5 gallon batch of this and had enough honey and juice left for a gallon experiment with cranberries and extra honey

I couldn't find the buckwheat honey so I used some dark raw honey instead. Both batches are bubbling away in the brew closet!

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Old 11-02-2011, 03:51 PM   #130
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I have a batch of this o' brewing. I added the potassium sorbate about a week ago and Im still getting activity on the airlock. I used the amount directed on the bottle - 1 Tsp per gallon.

I did not use the campden tablet because dood at my LHBS said that it was not necessary. Any thoughs? Id hate to have bottle bombs.

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