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Forum: Mead Forum 06-24-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By dummkauf
well the last sample I pulled wasn't spicy at all...

well the last sample I pulled wasn't spicy at all from what I remember. This batch is actually still in the carboy and hasn't been bottle up yet, and I honestly don't think I've pulled a sample in...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-24-2012, 12:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,544
Posted By dummkauf
I'm also generally not a fan of aged...

I'm also generally not a fan of aged beers(personal opinion), but the beers I've made mistakes with(eg: over oaked a batch once), letting it age definitely will mellow out the mistakes.
Forum: Mead Forum 12-24-2012, 12:26 AM
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Views: 1,544
Posted By dummkauf
One of the biggest lessons I've learned from this...

One of the biggest lessons I've learned from this board is to never dump a batch. Tuck it away in the back of the closet and forget about it for a while, it's amazing what time will do for mead :D
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Forum: Mead Forum 12-23-2012, 04:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,544
Posted By dummkauf
I completely disagree. About 1 year ago I would...

I completely disagree. About 1 year ago I would have agreed but no more. I made a 1 gallon traiditional mead with nothing but buckwheat honey. At the 1 year mark it was undrinkable, the buckwheat...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-10-2012, 02:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 358
Posted By dummkauf
ABV really doesn't make a difference in bottle...

ABV really doesn't make a difference in bottle choice. The only gotcha I could think of that would cause you issues with wine bottles would be if the yeast aren't done and you get a renewed...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-06-2012, 03:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,625
Posted By dummkauf
So I was digging the Christmas decoration boxes...

So I was digging the Christmas decoration boxes out of the closet, and stumbled across a few bottles of this I had purposely tucked away to forget about(which worked because I did forget about them)....
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-03-2012, 03:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By dummkauf
Well the fans definitely seem to be spinning...

Well the fans definitely seem to be spinning fast, though I'll admit I've never looked at them prior to today, but I can't imagine them spinning much faster.

I'll double check the compressor...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 12-02-2012, 11:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By dummkauf
Referigerator Troubleshooting?

So my kegerator finally died on my a couple weeks ago, and naturally it happened while my wife was in the hospital having a baby, which meant I came home to a freezer full of thawed meat :(
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Forum: Mead Forum 11-24-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,108
Posted By dummkauf
I don't see any reason he couldn't get it to...

I don't see any reason he couldn't get it to ferment with wild airborne yeast, the only catch is going to be what it tastes like. This is the same process brewers use to make lambic beers. They...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-12-2012, 12:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,848
Posted By dummkauf
give it atleast a year. I made a very sweet...

give it atleast a year. I made a very sweet metheglin a little over a year ago and the cough syrup tasted has all faded and it's very tasty. It just needs time, just put it in the closet and forget...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-09-2012, 02:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,385
Posted By dummkauf
Cough syrup taste is gone. The spices are coming...

Cough syrup taste is gone. The spices are coming through nicely now, it's a tad bit sweeter than I like but not too bad(FG: 1.015), think I'll be bottling up soon. This will be good for Christmas :)
Forum: Mead Forum 11-09-2012, 02:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,113
Posted By dummkauf
Think this bad boy will get bottled up this...

Think this bad boy will get bottled up this weekend! The bitterness is gone, it's slightly sweet and I am extremely happy with it! I didn't wind up with the pink hibiscus hue I was looking for, but...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-03-2012, 03:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,405
Posted By dummkauf
while not mead, I made this mistake with a nut...

while not mead, I made this mistake with a nut brown beer I brewed once. Too much oak and the beer literally tasted like I dropped an oak board in a blender and liquified it :( I stuck it in the...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-29-2012, 02:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,480
Posted By dummkauf
my latest trick for testing clearing on dark...

my latest trick for testing clearing on dark meads has been to use a laser pointer. If it hasn't cleared yet the red dot on the other side of the carboy will either be non-existant or dull. When...
Forum: Mead 09-06-2012, 02:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 16,915
Posted By dummkauf
I've made a few meads with Costco honey that...

I've made a few meads with Costco honey that turned out well. Personally, I have nothing against the costco special, however I primarily use it when adding fruit or spices to my mead. I don't think...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-06-2012, 02:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,095
Posted By dummkauf
You're good. I made a JAOM on 12/16/2010 and...

You're good. I made a JAOM on 12/16/2010 and it's still sitting in the carboy in the closet for the simple fact I forgot about it. The only variation I made was using wine yeast instead of bread...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-03-2012, 04:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,514
Posted By dummkauf
I've used Kirkland honey for a number of meads,...

I've used Kirkland honey for a number of meads, though usually melomels or some sort of spiced mead. I don't think I'd use it for a traditional mead, but it works good for anything you're adding...
Forum: Mead Forum 09-03-2012, 04:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By dummkauf
Not sure about the concentrate, my recommendation...

Not sure about the concentrate, my recommendation though is to just use real cherries as opposed to concentrate unless the cost difference is important(I'm assuming the concentrate is cheaper than...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-26-2012, 03:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,858
Posted By dummkauf
Ok, so I love hops and mead, so this has caught...

Ok, so I love hops and mead, so this has caught my interest!

I'm curious if anyone has tried this with just dry hopping? I know in my IPA's I brew, a few months of aging and most of those...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-06-2012, 03:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 940
Posted By dummkauf
Thank you, and the honey sourcing isn't much of...

Thank you, and the honey sourcing isn't much of an issue anymore. I was at a family get together a while ago and my brewing/mead making came up, and as it turns out my mom's cousins are...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-06-2012, 01:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 940
Posted By dummkauf
Well this so far is my 2nd 5 gallon batch I've...

Well this so far is my 2nd 5 gallon batch I've gotten bottled up thus far and so far it's the best big batch I've made(had a couple good 1 gallon test batches too).

Here it is:...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-06-2012, 01:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,113
Posted By dummkauf
Nope, it's still a dark brown color, clear but...

Nope, it's still a dark brown color, clear but still brown, which isn't the end of the world either. When I started this one I was hoping for a light pinkish colored mead from the hibiscus, but I'm...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-04-2012, 05:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,113
Posted By dummkauf
Been about 8 months and this ones tasting almost...

Been about 8 months and this ones tasting almost ready to bottle. It was extemely bitter initially, but the bitterness has faded nicely and I think I am liking the way it's progressing. Still...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-04-2012, 05:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 940
Posted By dummkauf
Well this one took almost a full year to get...

Well this one took almost a full year to get ready. I just pulled a sample tonight and this is ready to bottle! This is the best mead I've made to date, though I've only got 10 batches under my...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-04-2012, 05:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,385
Posted By dummkauf
Update on this one. It has definitely gotten...

Update on this one. It has definitely gotten better with age! I can still taste a hint of the cough syrupy taste, but that has most definitely faded with age as did the alcohol taste. Going to...
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