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Forum: Mead Forum Yesterday, 05:22 PM
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Out of curiosity, who quoted that to you? I may...

Out of curiosity, who quoted that to you? I may be interested...

As an aside, $10/lb is not really worth it unless it's super rare. Even with the mediocre tupelo harvest this year, I got some at...
Forum: Mead Forum Yesterday, 05:17 PM
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It's impossible to be certified organic honey in...

It's impossible to be certified organic honey in the US, for the record. The only place that it is available and certified is the amazon rain forest. Plenty of folks are selling "organic" honey, but...
Forum: Mead Forum Yesterday, 05:11 PM
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It's a wine term to describe clarity and how much...

It's a wine term to describe clarity and how much light is reflected. Starbright is generally filtered, daybright is essentially as clear as it's going to get. Bright is good but it leaves a thin...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-08-2014, 04:32 PM
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Posted By noblesquirrel
I know exactly what you're talking about. I've...

I know exactly what you're talking about. I've had White Winter Blueberry and that was my thought. Cheesy and offputting. Blueberries can get that way and it will blow off. The only one I've gotten...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-08-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By noblesquirrel
I think you misused the calculator. I got 1.107

I think you misused the calculator. I got 1.107
Forum: Mead Forum 08-08-2014, 04:20 PM
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I think you misused the calculator. I got 1.107

I think you misused the calculator. I got 1.107
Forum: Mead Forum 08-08-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By noblesquirrel
Temp will increase the rate of aging and...

Temp will increase the rate of aging and oxidative compounds. That's why wine cellars are typically in the 50s.

On another note, I prefer to bulk age until daybright, at least. This will reduce...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-08-2014, 04:15 PM
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Posted By noblesquirrel
Yeah, but it's not linear. You still have to...

Yeah, but it's not linear. You still have to account for the added volume and added water from the fruit. Adding fruit doesn't automatically add gravity points, it typically reduces as the gravity of...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-07-2014, 03:51 PM
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Posted By noblesquirrel
Coming in late, but just a head's up. You're...

Coming in late, but just a head's up. You're going to end up with a very dry mead, particularly with that OG. The fruit will drop your gravity as they are mostly water. The gravity of the water/sugar...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-07-2014, 03:48 PM
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Posted By noblesquirrel
Sounds like personal preference. I've had a...

Sounds like personal preference. I've had a number of commercial meads that are as good as home mead, but on the whole, home mead is better because cost is less of an issue. Of course, I've also had...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-06-2014, 02:20 PM
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I did this for my wedding favors, but we did 7oz...

I did this for my wedding favors, but we did 7oz bottles. 3oz is pretty small, imo. We used crowns rather than corks and then waxed on top of that in two colors. We have a case left that we're...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-06-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By noblesquirrel
Hmmm, I've never had an issue getting 71b to...

Hmmm, I've never had an issue getting 71b to drop. Try adding some bentonite if you want help.
Forum: Mead Forum 08-06-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By noblesquirrel
Yeah, I know it's hard to wait sometimes, but you...

Yeah, I know it's hard to wait sometimes, but you have a ways to go. For something that big, you'll probably be waiting a while before it peaks. If you can wait, you'll be much better off. I...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-06-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By noblesquirrel
I'd wait until post fermentation prior to adding...

I'd wait until post fermentation prior to adding any acid to the mead. Once the acid goes in, it can't come out. Plus, you'll prevent a drop in pH from disrupting fermentation.
Forum: Mead Forum 08-01-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By noblesquirrel
I personally add bentonite to all of my meads...

I personally add bentonite to all of my meads once they start to drop. It accelerates the process and when I rack, I'm racking quite bright mead. I use more than a pinch, though. It also aids in...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-01-2014, 05:23 PM
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Posted By noblesquirrel
Agreed on the Just Juice ones. I had a 100% not...

Agreed on the Just Juice ones. I had a 100% not from concentrate blackcurrant juice that smelled terrible and tasted, well, like black currants (tart and funky). Made a mead with it and it turned out...
Forum: Mead Forum 08-01-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By noblesquirrel
Additionally, you could backsweeten and add dried...

Additionally, you could backsweeten and add dried chilies to it. I'd say guajillo would be best as they are quite earthy. Chipotle would be interesting, but the smoke may clash somewhat.
Forum: Mead Forum 07-31-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By noblesquirrel
That's a very bizarre method for making mead,...

That's a very bizarre method for making mead, imo. That's more of a primitive fermented honey beverage than the more beautiful types that can be made with some more time. Even with venting the...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-31-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 316
Posted By noblesquirrel
The Vintners Harvest "wine" bases are great for...

The Vintners Harvest "wine" bases are great for mead, actually. I presume you're not wanting to use whole fruit. I know of a few people that have gone ahead and purchased a juice extractor and done...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-31-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 105
Posted By noblesquirrel
I ordered it from a place out of Hawaii called...

I ordered it from a place out of Hawaii called Rainbow Falls Connection. It wasn't cheap, about $8/lb shipped to me in Chicago. But I have wanted some for a long time...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-31-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 395
Posted By noblesquirrel
Absolutely 21A. The purpose of 23 is as an...

Absolutely 21A. The purpose of 23 is as an experimental category, where beers that do not fit any other category go. Per the guidelines, vanilla & cacao nibs are termed spices. Full stop. Same goes...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-31-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 105
Posted By noblesquirrel
Macadamia Honey

Anyone use this stuff? I have a couple of gallons going at 1.125 OG. It's a really nice honey, quite dark (nearly buckwheat darkness) but not quite as earthy/molasses like. More floral and a touch...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-31-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 472
Posted By noblesquirrel
Macadamia Honey

The activity you're seeing is just normal fermentation. When you racked it, you roused CO2 out of suspension, resulting in the foam. Out of curiosity, why did you rack it so soon?
Forum: Mead Forum 07-31-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 173
Posted By noblesquirrel
Carrot mead?

Anybody here every done a mead with carrot juice? I just started one yesterday on a whim. Used about 3qts of carrot juice and 4lbs of wildflower honey from Ioway, with water to bring it up to 1.5gal....
Forum: General Techniques 06-27-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By noblesquirrel
While brewing with water isn't that big of any...

While brewing with water isn't that big of any issue, it can be the difference between a good beer and a great beer. With a pale beer, I always add lactic acid to drop the mash pH into range. This...
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