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Old 01-07-2010, 05:18 PM   #21
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Yeah, it's definately a lemonade, with a little honey in the background. Because it's light on the honey in comparison to other meads, you won't get that cloying honey flavor.

Your experience with sweeter meads is normal, as there are (at least until recently) more sweeter meads commercially available than dry. Mead, like wine, is really made to your tastes on how dry or sweet you like it. I happen to like cloyingly sweet mead and make it that way on purpose. Others like them very dry and use the right honey amounts and yeasts to ensure a dry product.

This mead is very well balanced. It's not too dry, but not cloyingly sweet. Some of the sweetness is balanced well by the tartness of the lemonade, but it's not puckering.

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Old 01-08-2010, 09:33 PM   #22
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Well, you guys have sold me. I'm going to give this a try. Just to clarify though, is something labeled "honey wine" really a mead? I'll post my results in a couple months.

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Old 01-09-2010, 01:49 AM   #23
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As far as I am concerned...NO.

Even some of the commercial meads (Bunratty, for instance) say they are mixed with white wine.

There are about 8-12 subsets of meads with some very interesting names. Not to sound short, but GOOGLE "types of mead" for a list and description of them.

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Old 02-07-2010, 05:59 AM   #24
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I made up a batch of this a while ago and it was starting to taste delicious, but I opened it up too much and let it get some oxidation, possibly some infection. I dumped the batch and have tonight made another one, which I am very much looking forward to. The taste on the first batch was very promising, so I can't wait until this thing's ready and the weather's getting warmer. Seems like a good spring drink or summer night type of beverage. Very excited!

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:52 AM   #25
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Maybe I missed it but what "yeast nutrient" did you use for this? It looks really interesting and after the succes of my batches of apflewein I think I'll give this one a go.

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Old 02-19-2010, 05:57 AM   #26
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Bump so I can remember this tomorrow.

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Old 03-04-2010, 06:03 PM   #27
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So, only use a total of 4 GAL of water throughout the whole recipe? Just to make sure I am clear. Thanks

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Old 03-04-2010, 06:16 PM   #28
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Also, Where is a good place to find 5lbs of Sue Bee Honey? This seems like this could be a bit pricey.

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Old 03-10-2010, 05:12 AM   #29
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You can get 3lbs of Sue Bee at a bunch of grocery stores up here for around $12-$14, depending on the day. Also, at Sams Club I got a 5 lb jug of honey for around $13 a couple months ago. If you have access to one of those bargain stores, that might be a good bet.

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Old 03-11-2010, 02:03 PM   #30
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Man, I let this thing sit since last June or July and it's still not clear.

Superkleer didn't do anything either.

Don't know how you got yours so clear bill. Hopefully I'll be kegging this very soon...

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