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Forum: Mead Forum 07-08-2014, 10:07 PM
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Posted By Matrix4b
I recommend that you back sweeten then with 6...

I recommend that you back sweeten then with 6 pounds of honey.

Backsweetening (Ops vary)
1:Hit it with 1 tablespoon of Potassium Sorbate
2: Wait 2 days
3: Mix 3 pounds with 1/4 gal water: you...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-08-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 52
Posted By Matrix4b
My Quick suggestions: 1: Oak: Yes, 1 oz...

My Quick suggestions:

1: Oak: Yes, 1 oz chips American oak, light toasted for 5 gal for 2-3 weeks in a hops bag before bottling.

2: Put all the fruit in the secondary or at least swap the two,...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-08-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 74
Posted By Matrix4b
Ack! don't boil honey!!! Ok, that said. I...

Ack! don't boil honey!!!

Ok, that said. I have noticed that yeast loves raspberries. Unless I backsweeten, I will have a dry mead.

Also, plan for a longer secondary. I would expect it to...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-07-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 135
Posted By Matrix4b
Due to the Vanilla, I would recommend medium...

Due to the Vanilla, I would recommend medium toasted American oak, 1 oz in a 5 gal batch for 2 weeks. Chips, if you use cubes then do 3 weeks.

Also, I would put 1/4 cup of lemon juice in to bring...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-03-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By Matrix4b
If you do rack it again, I would put in some...

If you do rack it again, I would put in some potassium sorbate in too. This will halt the fermentation. Potassium Sorbat stops yeast from reproducing, so put some in, wait a few days and then see...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-03-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By Matrix4b
My first blueberry batch I put the fruit, pureed...

My first blueberry batch I put the fruit, pureed in the primary. It didn't want to start either. Mostly, I think that the environment was just too thick. So I started putting the fruit in the...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-25-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By Matrix4b
Something else to add here, matter of opinion. ...

Something else to add here, matter of opinion. If you do prime it and the like, fermentation can start up again but you will end up with a much dryer mead. If you want a sweet mead AND carbonation...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-25-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 436
Posted By Matrix4b
As I said, there's the scientific way and the way...

As I said, there's the scientific way and the way of instinct. Both are correct. There are many options.

Also, I don't check my gravity every day, more like once a week or once every other week....
Forum: Mead Forum 06-24-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By Matrix4b
No need to sanitize any fruit. Putting it in the...

No need to sanitize any fruit. Putting it in the secondary there is about 10% ABV so that's enough to kill any nasties that would affect the brewing.

8-10 pounds for a 5 gal batch is a little...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-23-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 436
Posted By Matrix4b
Racking is not a matter of gravity. Old adage,...

Racking is not a matter of gravity. Old adage, you rack it when it's ready.

The way I do it is when you have lees of about 1/4 inch AND the mead has slowed down to about 1 bubble a min then it's...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-23-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 608
Posted By Matrix4b
How to get more taste? Depends on the flavors...

How to get more taste? Depends on the flavors you want.

1: Once cleared, the mead will need to be aged (IE: Left alone) for at least 6 months to a year, most meads need a year. One chocolate...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-23-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By Matrix4b
A good rule of thumb, age mead a year, 6 months...

A good rule of thumb, age mead a year, 6 months if it is low ABV% and very sweet. Some meads will take over a year. Most meads benefit from a bit of light oaking.

Matrix
Forum: Mead Forum 06-23-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By Matrix4b
I have done a Blueberry many times with...

I have done a Blueberry many times with variations. My best hands down was a blueberry lemon. Check some blueberry cake recpies or muffins, they will include lemon. For some reason Blueberry...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-14-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 571
Posted By Matrix4b
Friendly tip, to keep the bottom of plastic...

Friendly tip, to keep the bottom of plastic containers from melting put a cloth or dish rag in the bottom of the pot. That will keep the bottom of the honey off of the bottom of the surface with...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-08-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 322
Posted By Matrix4b
Well, when making the extracts you are actually...

Well, when making the extracts you are actually breaking down the oils so they don't seperate out. I would stay away from adding oil. Never heard of peanut butter in beer. Beings that Peanut...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-07-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 322
Posted By Matrix4b
I have made almond extract and hazelnut extract. ...

I have made almond extract and hazelnut extract. I like to use cheap white rum.

I use the same method as Zaffo but I didn't find it neccessary to put it in the fridge. It is best to do a total...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-05-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 343
Posted By Matrix4b
I agree with fatbloke. In mead making it has...

I agree with fatbloke. In mead making it has become a primary rule to not boil honey. So make sure it's cooled down a bit prior to adding honey.

Nutrients are needed. I like to use yeast...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-30-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 668
Posted By Matrix4b
Thanks for the confirm, Fat Bloke. Oh,...

Thanks for the confirm, Fat Bloke.

Oh, incidently. Removing the skins on peaches is easy. Just use the blanching method and they pop right off. Just be careful as they are slippery.
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Forum: Mead Forum 04-29-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 608
Posted By Matrix4b
To me, that sounds like a plan and nearly the...

To me, that sounds like a plan and nearly the only way to get a sweet carbonated mead. From what I have read, even if you are careful to stop and kill fermentation and add in yeast and primer sugar...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-29-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 668
Posted By Matrix4b
I think with JAOM style you put the fruit in the...

I think with JAOM style you put the fruit in the primary. I have not done this with my meads. I put the fruit in the secondary. I usually freeze the fruit for a couple of days to weeks due to the...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-02-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Matrix4b
I don't know how much you should use. I would...

I don't know how much you should use. I would take a sample out, add it in very small and measured incriments and taste, Keep track of the sample volume and the amount you put in. When you are...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-28-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Matrix4b
For some reason the citrus makes the yeast crazy....

For some reason the citrus makes the yeast crazy. I recomend putting some orange zest in the secondary to bring back some of the orange flavor, and putting a touch of citric acid in to bring it's...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-07-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 559
Posted By Matrix4b
I don't think that you need to smoke the honey. ...

I don't think that you need to smoke the honey.

Just use heavy toast oak. The heavy toast looks a lot like blackend char but it's worth it. It will add a nice smoky flavor but it will be more...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-07-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 329
Posted By Matrix4b
I would also add Maltodextrin as well. Possibly...

I would also add Maltodextrin as well. Possibly the same amounts as lactose.

Matrix
Forum: Mead Forum 02-26-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 674
Posted By Matrix4b
I recomend that you put in the Ginseng after it...

I recomend that you put in the Ginseng after it clears. Ginseng is an anti-microbial. So it will kill yeast. I am doing a green tea gensing mead and I made my own gensing extract from some...
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