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Forum: Mead Forum 05-16-2009, 01:08 AM
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Posted By thomasaaron
Try adding a pinch or to of Epsom salts. It has...

Try adding a pinch or to of Epsom salts. It has magnesium in it that yeast likes. Also, try stiring and/or shaking it to re-oxygenate it. That worked for me.
Forum: Mead Forum 05-09-2009, 02:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 471
Posted By thomasaaron
I put raisins in my batch and have noticed that...

I put raisins in my batch and have noticed that they continuously rise and fall. It looks to me like carbon dioxide from the fermentation collects in the crinkles of the raisins and causes them to...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-20-2009, 03:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,103
Posted By thomasaaron
i don't really like the idea of bottled water...

i don't really like the idea of bottled water either... but I use it. I use distilled water I get from the grocery store for 69 cents a gallon. If it's distilled, there's nothing in it but good ol'...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-18-2009, 02:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Posted By thomasaaron
Right, and I have a whole bag of stupid rubber...

Right, and I have a whole bag of stupid rubber bands I'll never use too. Anybody want 'em?
Forum: Mead Forum 04-17-2009, 11:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Posted By thomasaaron
Fermentation Vigorosity Indicator

Hey guys, I posted this on my blog today. Hope you enjoy it.

Fermentation Vigorosity Indicator
From my blog: Mead and Things: Fermentation Vigorosity Indicator...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-02-2009, 03:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,817
Posted By thomasaaron
Thank you. I'm very interested in how your...

Thank you. I'm very interested in how your Habenero Mead turns out, and how much habenero you end up using in the end. I love that pepper!
Forum: Mead Forum 04-02-2009, 02:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,817
Posted By thomasaaron
Jalapeno Mead Success

Well, my first batch of jalapeno mead is ready for bottling. I used a total of 3 Jalapenos. It has just enough heat to make it tasty and interesting, but a small enough amount so that most anybody...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-04-2009, 03:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Posted By thomasaaron
I read somewhere that if you can put C02 into the...

I read somewhere that if you can put C02 into the headspace to displace oxygen, it greatly reduces the need to minimize headspace as a protection against oxygen.

But I'm not exactly sure how to do...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-17-2009, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 789
Posted By thomasaaron
Hmmm... Interesting idea. Maybe I'll use this for...

Hmmm... Interesting idea. Maybe I'll use this for the cantaloupe mead I'm having difficulties with.

Mead Log: Stevo's Cantaloupe Melomel...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-09-2009, 04:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,020
Posted By thomasaaron
Campden tablets are sulfites. Sulfites give me...

Campden tablets are sulfites. Sulfites give me (and some other people) headaches.

I like the above idea of adding fruit after the initial fermentation when the alcohol level is high. I've only...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-07-2009, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,011
Posted By thomasaaron
I see! Maybe I should start a mail-in competition...

I see! Maybe I should start a mail-in competition and get paid for sampling everyone's mead!
Forum: Mead Forum 01-07-2009, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,011
Posted By thomasaaron
Has anyone here been to this competition? Is it...

Has anyone here been to this competition? Is it worth the airfare?
Forum: Mead Forum 01-07-2009, 03:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 766
Posted By thomasaaron
I'm pretty new to this, but I'd guess that mixing...

I'm pretty new to this, but I'd guess that mixing them probably would add to the complexity of the flavor. It would probably a pretty original recipe. If I were you, I'd do it.
Forum: Mead Forum 01-07-2009, 02:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,449
Posted By thomasaaron
I recently learned from reading The Compleat...

I recently learned from reading The Compleat Meadmaker that yeast replicates/reproduces at a phenomenal rate once you use it. So, that 2-1/4 teaspoons really ends up being FAR more than that. Which...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-31-2008, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,792
Posted By thomasaaron
How big is a cinnamon stick supposed to be?

I'm getting ready to make my third 1-gallon batch of mead. It's just JOA with cinnamon sticks added.

I asked my wife to pick up some cinnamon sticks for me at the grocery store, and the sticks she...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-22-2008, 11:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 936
Posted By thomasaaron
JOAM is very easy to make. I've only made a...

JOAM is very easy to make. I've only made a 1-gallon batch so far, but 3 gallons should be no harder. Heck, it pretty much makes itself.
Forum: Mead Forum 12-21-2008, 10:53 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By thomasaaron
Big Kahuna, So you racked Cheeto's mead onto...

Big Kahuna,

So you racked Cheeto's mead onto the cantaloupe, huh? It looks awesome. Give Cheeto or best.
Forum: Mead Forum 12-21-2008, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,561
Posted By thomasaaron
dinich, Right you are! I can't believe I...

dinich,

Right you are! I can't believe I forgot that! I just fixed it. Thanks for the sharp eye.

The cantaloupe mead really seems to be progressing nicely.

Let me know when you're ready to...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-20-2008, 05:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 464
Posted By thomasaaron
I'm currently making a batch of JAO. I know the...

I'm currently making a batch of JAO. I know the stuff your talking about; the slimy stuff? But mine smells awesome. There are no foul smells that I can notice. It smells very sweet.

Did you rack...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-20-2008, 02:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,201
Posted By thomasaaron
That sounds like it would be seriously delicious....

That sounds like it would be seriously delicious. If I were you, I'd just wing a gallon of it. If it goes bad, adjust your recipe and try again. For a gallon of it, I would try something like this:
...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-20-2008, 02:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,760
Posted By thomasaaron
I agree with this. I'm new to mead making, but...

I agree with this. I'm new to mead making, but until I can afford carboys, hydrometers, racking canes, etc... I'm just gonna be happy that mead making is an accessible hobby. um... that tastes good!...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-20-2008, 02:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,561
Posted By thomasaaron
Introduction and Cantaloupe Mead

Hello, all. Nice to meet you.

I'm brewing my second batch of mead, and I'm pretty excited about it. My son and I were sitting at the breakfast table eating pancakes with honey and cantaloupe, and...
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