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Forum: Mead Forum 04-16-2014, 03:45 AM
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Posted By ruin7734
Success!

So it has been a long while since I last posted here. I apologize for not keeping up. In the time I was not on HBT, I have developed a pretty awesome meadery in Oregon with a college friend of mine....
Forum: Mead Forum 04-16-2014, 03:26 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By ruin7734
Sparkolloid works really well for me...although I...

Sparkolloid works really well for me...although I usually let my mead clarify on its own. Be sure you use the proper amount, and boil the heck out of it (per package instructions). Add it and wait;...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-02-2012, 04:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,434
Posted By ruin7734
I'll be starting a test batch soon, I hope I...

I'll be starting a test batch soon, I hope I don't get spoiled mead, but to be honest, as long as we maintain a CO2-rich atmosphere, it shouldn't oxidize or go rancid. To be honest, juice is juice,...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-30-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,434
Posted By ruin7734
Sounds like you're making a cordial or something....

Sounds like you're making a cordial or something. Correct me if I'm wrong. I know cordials would just be something sweet and a distillate of some kind, but never really knew how a mead blended with a...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-30-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By ruin7734
Awesome, I can't wait.

Awesome, I can't wait.
Forum: Mead Forum 07-29-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,434
Posted By ruin7734
Tropical Mead Melomel

Ingredients so far:

16 lbs Tropical Blossom Honey
10 lbs Champagne Mangos
Enough Fresh coconut water to fill 5 gal. (from young coconuts)

Any thoughts as to which yeast I should use? My goal...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-25-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By ruin7734
Thanks, folks. That helps out a lot. Cheers

Thanks, folks. That helps out a lot. Cheers
Forum: Mead Forum 07-23-2012, 11:19 PM
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Posted By ruin7734
Have you tried clarifying with sparkalloid?

Have you tried clarifying with sparkalloid?
Forum: Mead Forum 07-23-2012, 11:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By ruin7734
So I soaked my corks for about 30-45 mins before...

So I soaked my corks for about 30-45 mins before bottling, and after about 3 weeks I get little bits of cork floating in my beautiful Cyser. Not that its totally detrimental, but it is rather...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-10-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 870
Posted By ruin7734
I've used wax with crowns, no problems. It can be...

I've used wax with crowns, no problems. It can be a little annoying if the wax you're using is brittle after it cools. I'm not sure of the variation, but there are waxes that are somewhat flexible...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-09-2012, 07:41 AM
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Posted By ruin7734
Cyser. My baby. 67701

Cyser. My baby.

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Forum: Mead Forum 07-09-2012, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,751
Posted By ruin7734
Mead will clarify on its own during secondary...

Mead will clarify on its own during secondary fermentation. However, if you're impatient like me, I use sparkalloid. It's not an animal based clarifying agent, and it makes your final product crystal...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-09-2012, 07:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 870
Posted By ruin7734
Wax adds a nice touch and completely seals the...

Wax adds a nice touch and completely seals the cork up from losing any moisture when bottle aging. Personal preference, though, I haven't used wax or shrink wrap just yet, but i maintain a cool temp...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-09-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 797
Posted By ruin7734
Are you working with just the nibs, or are you...

Are you working with just the nibs, or are you grinding them to a specific consistency? Pure cocoa will have a very pronounced flavor, so a little goes a long way. I started a small batch with 5 oz...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-27-2012, 06:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By ruin7734
I always like using frozen fruits because its one...

I always like using frozen fruits because its one less step you need to take. Fresh is nice, but need to be frozen so that the ice crystals break down cell walls so that more of the fruit can be...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-27-2012, 06:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 552
Posted By ruin7734
Cyser turned out better than expected. Bottled...

Cyser turned out better than expected. Bottled after being clarified. Pretty tasty, still needs to age a couple more months before the honey and Apple flavors are more distinct.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-14-2012, 01:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By ruin7734
Ok, I've added the inoculate and aerated the...

Ok, I've added the inoculate and aerated the bejesus out of it. I'll post when I see improvements. I pulled the chilies out when I racked out all the gross lees after the first attempt. I'm anxiously...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-13-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 552
Posted By ruin7734
Thanks for the expertise. I didn't think about...

Thanks for the expertise. I didn't think about the actual color of the LED not being white. I just assumed the different wavelength would make my illuminated view truer.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-13-2012, 06:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By ruin7734
I'd say its safe to assume I do not know how to...

I'd say its safe to assume I do not know how to read a hydrometer...input pls as to the actual SG or if you need a different view of the hydrometer.

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The tip of my thumb is where the...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-13-2012, 01:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By ruin7734
Here is a breakdown of my recipe: 16 lbs...

Here is a breakdown of my recipe:

16 lbs light agave
12 chopped Thai chilies
8oz 100% pure cocoa (liquified)
1/8 cup Pure vanilla extract (imported from Mexico by a nice friend of mine)
5g...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-13-2012, 01:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By ruin7734
Current gravity reads 1.100 which is not quite...

Current gravity reads 1.100 which is not quite what I had in mind for a FG. I am using a relatively alcohol tolerant champagne yeast (ec1118), but now that you mention it, I can see that it would...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-13-2012, 12:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By ruin7734
PH is about 3.8, and I know that is good...

PH is about 3.8, and I know that is good operating PH for meads, just not sure about agave. Current temp is about 67 F. Slightly warmer at time of pitch. It's been getting warmer in my area, w....
Forum: Mead Forum 06-13-2012, 12:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By ruin7734
It's been over 48 hours and no activity, my yeast...

It's been over 48 hours and no activity, my yeast seems to have settled to the bottom.

I used about a dozen Thai chilies, 16 lbs of agave, and 2 cups of 100% pure cocoa (cocoa nibs in a magic...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-12-2012, 11:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By ruin7734
SG 1.100 and EC1118 does not seem to want to...

SG 1.100 and EC1118 does not seem to want to start secondary fermentation. What kind of nutrients should I be using for this Aztec-inspired agave drink? I was using a "Fermaid K" nutrient rather than...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-12-2012, 11:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 552
Posted By ruin7734
Cyser brewed with raisins...concerned about leftover fruit bits.

I am working on stabilizing a 7-gal batch, and I've largely ignored it after measuring a FG of .995 (OG 1.167). I finally decided to take a peek at it after a few weeks, and I'm seeing little bits of...
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