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Forum: Mead Forum 01-15-2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By SouthernGorilla
Smokey recipes

Well, I think my pumpkin pie mead is a bust. I'm still going to add the spices to some of it. But I want to split the batch and try a few things. So I'd like to hear y'alls thoughts on what to add to...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-12-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Just finished racking to tertiary (there's a word...

Just finished racking to tertiary (there's a word you don't use every day). Secondary involved racking into a bottling bucket, cleaning out the carboy, then racking back into the carboy with five...
Forum: Mead Forum 01-12-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 969
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Bochet is my favorite style. I need more carboys...

Bochet is my favorite style. I need more carboys so I can make another one. The only bochet I've done so far was a blackberry. It definitely came out dark. I only cooked half the honey. Next time I'm...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-30-2013, 02:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,250
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Sadly, I have nothing to add at the moment. We...

Sadly, I have nothing to add at the moment. We moved from our apartment to a rental house and I haven't had a chance to get myself reorganized. Plus I used the yeast to start another batch of mead....
Forum: Mead Forum 11-05-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I'm a bit concerned that there doesn't seem to be...

I'm a bit concerned that there doesn't seem to be any activity twelve hours after pitching. No bubbles through the blowoff and no movement in the carboy. The starter had stopped before pitching. Does...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-05-2013, 12:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By SouthernGorilla
It's all up to the yeast now. ...

It's all up to the yeast now.
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Forum: Mead Forum 11-03-2013, 09:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Pie pumpkins are much smaller, maybe twice the...

Pie pumpkins are much smaller, maybe twice the size of a grapefruit. I haven't found out firsthand yet, but they are supposed to be more flavorful than the "fullsize" pumpkins. Sweeter too.
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Forum: Mead Forum 11-02-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By SouthernGorilla
My first attempt at pumpkin pie mead

Got a 2-liter starter of lalvin 1118 sitting on the kitchen counter. My 6.5-gallon carboy is sanitized and waiting. There's almost fifteen pounds of honey given to us by friends with their own hives....
Forum: Mead Forum 06-19-2013, 12:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,782
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I'd bet fresh berries would still end up tasting...

I'd bet fresh berries would still end up tasting like jelly. Just because it's still going to be sweet and fairly thick. But sounds like you might have the same "wonder what that would taste like"...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-18-2013, 09:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 368
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I just did a one-gallon batch that sat on the...

I just did a one-gallon batch that sat on the blackberries in primary for a solid month. That didn't create much blackberry flavor so I racked to secondary and let it sit on another pound of...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-08-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,609
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Good point.

Good point.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-08-2013, 01:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,609
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I wonder why absinthe isn't bitter then? I can...

I wonder why absinthe isn't bitter then? I can get wormwood at a local market. I might have to experiment with it.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-07-2013, 10:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,609
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I wasn't aware wormwood added bitterness. Now you...

I wasn't aware wormwood added bitterness. Now you have me curious about using it myself. The recipe seems solid enough. I'm looking for a dark, chewy recipe myself. Hope this works out for you.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-07-2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,946
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I hope it turned out better than my coffee mead...

I hope it turned out better than my coffee mead did. I made the mistake of brewing the coffee first. The final product had no real coffee flavor at all. I like honey in my coffee. So I'll try it...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-05-2013, 10:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,250
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I'm officially done with phase one of this test....

I'm officially done with phase one of this test. I'm happy with my ability to maintain the cooler in the desired range. As soon as I can afford some honey I'll start phase two, the actual...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-04-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,851
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I'm adding this to the list of recipes I'm...

I'm adding this to the list of recipes I'm watching. Good luck.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-04-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,250
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Yup, I was already planning to do exactly that. I...

Yup, I was already planning to do exactly that. I know there's a "healthy" debate over cold vs warm pitching. Cold pitching makes more sense to me.

I have a new concern about temperature swings....
Forum: Mead Forum 06-04-2013, 10:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 881
Posted By SouthernGorilla
If you're really just after a bit of honey flavor...

If you're really just after a bit of honey flavor in an imperial stout I'd just brew the beer and then add the honey to the secondary. That way you can control the sweetness and amount of honey...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-04-2013, 10:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,206
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I intend to do everything I can to make sure at...

I intend to do everything I can to make sure at least part of this batch lasts six months. I'm going to leave it on this fruit for a week then filter and bottle it.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-04-2013, 12:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 456
Posted By SouthernGorilla
You could let the lees settle out, siphon the...

You could let the lees settle out, siphon the clear half into a smaller container, then move the lees half to another small container. That way you could compare the two styles to each other and know...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-04-2013, 12:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 938
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Ah. I hadn't considered that point. But, yeah,...

Ah. I hadn't considered that point. But, yeah, when I put orange in a drink I want to taste orange, not fermented orange. So I am definitely going to start adding my flavors in the secondary.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-04-2013, 12:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,250
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Plenty of folks have successfully used coolers...

Plenty of folks have successfully used coolers and gel packs to lager beer. It isn't anything new I came up with. It's definitely more work than a dedicated refrigerator would be. But I can't afford...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-03-2013, 09:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 503
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Tried an experiment this morning with fair...

Tried an experiment this morning with fair success. I used a piece of one-inch fine reticulated foam leftover from my aquarium. It filtered out a good deal of the debris that settled overnight in the...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-03-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 938
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Isn't the flavor the whole point of adding fruit...

Isn't the flavor the whole point of adding fruit and spices? Myself, I'm no fan of subtlety in my drinks. Seems a waste of time and money to buy fruit to add to a drink just to get "hints" of flavor...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-02-2013, 11:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 503
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I wouldn't worry so much about oxidation. From...

I wouldn't worry so much about oxidation. From what I've read it isn't a problem with mead like it is with beer and wine. My personal experience supports this. My first few batches were racked by...
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