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Old 11-16-2009, 02:32 AM   #11
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How much does the lemonade come through on this recipe? I think it sounds great but I want something with a good lemonade flavor and was thinking about adding extra concentrate. Hoping for something that'll keep me in mind of summer during the long, freezing Maine winter..

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Old 11-16-2009, 01:19 PM   #12
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Having had 3 bottles of this - I say it comes through fairly moderately. You can certainly get a distinct lemony/citrus flavor. Since the honey is somewhat low compared to a bigger mead, you don't have quite the "honey" flavor one might expect, as I suspect that the honey itself ferments completely dry.

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Old 11-16-2009, 03:56 PM   #13
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Very cool. I'm looking forward to making this one, it sounds delicious!

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Old 01-06-2010, 12:51 AM   #14
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I'm looking to get my feet wet with this mead. I've never made any before and this one sounds pretty good to me. Does anyone else have any feedback on this one?

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Old 01-06-2010, 03:17 AM   #15
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Well, I made it. To my surprise Jezter6 and his brewing buddy traveled over 100 miles round trip just to drink some of it with me when I was out that way on a business trip.

I figured the least I could do was to give him a few bottles to go...

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Old 01-06-2010, 05:00 PM   #16
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Word!

I had a few bottles direct from Bill and they were fantastic. I have a 5g batch sitting now since ~October and I plan to keg and carb some of this.

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Old 01-06-2010, 06:02 PM   #17
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Does this mead need to be aged as much as a normal one? Does it get better?

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Old 01-06-2010, 08:19 PM   #18
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It is light on the honey so aging is not necessary.

I'll try to remember to sample an aged bottle tonight after I get home and get back to you.

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Thanks. I'm only beginning to look into mead. Want to try something new. I've had some good results with different juices, yeasts, DME "ciders." I was wondering though, I know this mead has much less honey than a typical one but I'm just wondering about the taste. I don't know if I've ever even had any mead. Does it taste like "honey wine?" Every time I've tried one of those it seems to have a strong honey flavor. Pretty cloying really. I know the lemonade will counter balance any sweetness but I really never liked any honey wine I've ever had. Are they one in the same? And the only honey wine I've ever had is made by a local winery around here called Olivers. They are known for making really sweet wines.

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Old 01-07-2010, 01:44 AM   #20
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With the use of less honey it does not have that real mead flavor. More like fermented lemonade...a very light summer-type drink that sneaks up on you.

The OG was 1.087 and FG 1.000. It was bottled in less than 2 months. Bottling date was 20 Aug 09, 9.1% ABW/11.4% ABV.

As I mentioned earlier I said I would sample a bottle...and I am right now...

I used Lalvin D-47 yeast so it's pretty dry, but not puckering, not sweet and definitely not cloying.

It has a very light honey flavor to it up front and finishes nice and tart from the lemonade concentrate.

It looks like a light colored ginger ale, very slightly carbonated, but mostly flat.

Nice flavor. I think I'll "sample" another bottle. Acting as your own Quality Control has its benefits.

I've only had one 1/2 liter bottle and am feeling really nice...I would not recommend driving.
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