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  • 14th Century style English Gruit Ale.(no hops)
  • Medium sweet Orange Blossom Mead.
  • Medium sweet Metheglin (clove) Mead
  • Red British style bitter.
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  • Posted in thread: Bray's One Month Mead on 09-29-2013 at 08:40 PM
    Seems to me that this would work1 Gallon of OB honey4 Gallons of water4 Oranges 1 cup Grape
    nuts wort or 100 Raisins1 package of Bread yeastNo heat methodPour honey and water into one
    plastic buck the...

  • Posted in thread: Poor man's table Mead on 09-29-2013 at 08:15 PM
    Bottling Day!Finally moved the Poor Man's Table Mead from the secondary to the bottle today.
    Smells like Mead.......Looks like Mead.......Tastes............Well.......Almost like Mead. Or
    perhaps it t...

  • Posted in thread: Short Mead on 09-14-2013 at 04:37 AM
    I have been researching for a good short mead recipe. After much reading I have come to this
    conclusion.Any Mead can be a short mead if consumed before six months. Most of the recipes call
    for a basic...

  • Posted in thread: Poor man's table Mead on 07-01-2013 at 06:18 PM
    do you know if this can be done with lemon juice instead of orange?Substitution of orange juice
    with lemon juice would work. What we are after here is an acidity level that is unfriendly to
    some weake...

  • Posted in thread: Poor man's table Mead on 05-28-2013 at 08:59 PM
    [QUOTE= If you are really wanting to sterilize a yeast starter then I suggest sticking to
    potassium metabisulfate (Camden tablet) possibly an 1/8 tsp per two cups. If wild yeast dies
    then you probably...

  • Posted in thread: Poor man's table Mead on 05-28-2013 at 06:12 PM
    Fermentation has started.I pitched the wild yeast into the must on Saturday the 25th.
    Fermentation started Sunday afternoon. So far it is too early to tell how it is going. I read
    someplace that Hydro...

  • Posted in thread: Poor man's table Mead on 05-19-2013 at 06:57 PM
    First part of this project is done. I was able to capture some yeast frome the grape smash on
    Friday. By Sunday the grape and sugar mixture was fermenting nicely. A one inch white foam
    developed on to...

  • Posted in thread: The GaP (Grocery and Produce) Beer Experiment on 05-18-2013 at 02:01 AM
    For my next GAP Ale project I used a slightly different recipe then I did in post # 300. I
    wanted a thicker wort then before.Grain Bill2 pounds of corn meal2 pounds of rolled oats1 box
    Grape nuts cere...

  • Posted in thread: Poor man's table Mead on 05-16-2013 at 03:34 PM
    I am going to kick this brew off tomorrow. Instead of 5 gallons though, I am going to scale it
    down to 1 gallon as a test run. Poor man’s Mead3 pounds of clover honey1 Gallons Spring
    water cup...

  • Posted in thread: 5 Mead Ideas on 05-14-2013 at 10:02 PM
    I have done this myself before. I have made several one gallon batches in one gallon plastic
    water containers. You may want to reconsider not using a secondary though. Clarity suffers a
    great deal goi...