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Forum: General Techniques 12-15-2013, 05:44 AM
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Posted By tweake
i would dissolve a bit of the honey in a glass of...

i would dissolve a bit of the honey in a glass of warm water and taste it first. if its tastes bad don't use it, cause thats what the beer will taste like.
a lot of the honey flavor comes from its...
Forum: Mead Forum 02-12-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By tweake
i won't know for sure until i open them but some...

i won't know for sure until i open them but some are around 2 years old now.
no signs of anything leaking out.
Forum: Mead Forum 01-08-2013, 06:46 AM
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Posted By tweake
screw cap wine bottles are much the norm here....

screw cap wine bottles are much the norm here. i've had no problems reusing the cap. none have leaked so far.
also you could use nova twist which clamps onto the neck of the bottle.
Forum: Mead Forum 12-12-2012, 04:13 AM
Replies: 21
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Posted By tweake
that more bottling rather than brewing. beer...

that more bottling rather than brewing.
beer dosn't have to worry much on nutrient, often a different heat range, mead doesn't have any mashing etc.

your thinking of aussie.

i'm not having...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-11-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 21
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Posted By tweake
as far as making mead like wine or beer, i would...

as far as making mead like wine or beer, i would say mead is nothing like beer brewing.
granted there is the style of mead that is low in alcohol like beer, but other than that i can't think of...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-05-2012, 04:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Posted By tweake
what was added? did you rack it off the...

what was added?

did you rack it off the yeast before add the chem?
Forum: Mead Forum 10-28-2012, 05:53 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By tweake
yes. wine guys do SNA anyway. no reason not to. ...

yes. wine guys do SNA anyway. no reason not to.
only thing is maybe a small reduction in the amounts of nutrient as the grape will add some.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-26-2012, 06:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 890
Posted By tweake
i think you hit it on the head with "not tailored...

i think you hit it on the head with "not tailored specifically for yeast".
your doing natural mead making. its up to you if you want to switch to commercial nutrition or try and find better natural...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-26-2012, 01:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 890
Posted By tweake
right time to step on a few toes.... raisins...

right time to step on a few toes....

raisins are dried grapes. wine is only grapes and wine makers still add nutrients. so the nutrients your going to get out of just a few raisins is sweet stuff...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-25-2012, 06:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 890
Posted By tweake
the big long crawl is a nutrient problem. the...

the big long crawl is a nutrient problem. the type of nutrients used and how they are added make a big difference.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-18-2012, 07:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,288
Posted By tweake
use a pressure cooker to heat it in. as long as...

use a pressure cooker to heat it in. as long as pressure doesn't get to high you will retain everything.
i know guys that do cider and they pasteurize it after it been bottled.
Forum: Mead Forum 06-15-2012, 02:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,261
Posted By tweake
leave the oaking to last. the reason for that...

leave the oaking to last.
the reason for that is so you get to taste what a basic mead is like just after fermented and what its like as it ages. you can always add oak later on that way you get to...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-14-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,261
Posted By tweake
i'll annoy the oldies by saying please ignore...

i'll annoy the oldies by saying please ignore this.

nutrients are critical for good fermentation. without it there be a range of problems from not fermenting to poor flavors.

as medic as...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-14-2012, 12:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,735
Posted By tweake
i would get any dead bees out. you do not want...

i would get any dead bees out. you do not want them going off while in the must.

the original advice may just be what the bee keeper is used to. some markets required a low bacteria count in...
Forum: Mead Forum 06-13-2012, 07:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,261
Posted By tweake
wheres your yeast nutrient ??

wheres your yeast nutrient ??
Forum: Mead Forum 06-13-2012, 02:35 AM
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Posted By tweake
don't forget in the old days they also had to...

don't forget in the old days they also had to have a way of cleaning out all the wax, dead bees etc. they didn't always have nice sterile methods of transporting the honey or cloths suitable for...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-31-2012, 06:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By tweake
turbo yeast are generally for spirits where speed...

turbo yeast are generally for spirits where speed if preferred over flavor. as you won't be distilling and removing any and all flavor, you need to use a yeast that imparts a good flavor.
ec-1118 is...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-28-2012, 04:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,241
Posted By tweake
the taste description of manuka honey mentions an...

the taste description of manuka honey mentions an "earthy" taste. that may be why most of mine tend to end up a bit musky muddy tasting. its not a taste you notice when eating the honey but its a bit...
Forum: Mead Forum 05-02-2012, 06:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By tweake
degass. swirl shake it etc. get the co2 out of it.

degass. swirl shake it etc. get the co2 out of it.
Forum: Mead Forum 04-21-2012, 10:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,723
Posted By tweake
no that will make it even worse! racking tends...

no that will make it even worse!
racking tends to add oxygen which is what your trying to avoid doing.
buckets are not good to age in due to the large amount of headspace and that the lids do not...
Forum: Mead Forum 04-11-2012, 06:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 471
Posted By tweake
in some places campden is sodium rather than...

in some places campden is sodium rather than potassium.

the campden goes in first as its there to kill bacteria that can eat the sorbate. after 5-10min you can pitch in the sorbate.

just...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-27-2012, 05:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,825
Posted By tweake
it looks a lot like yeast. btw there is...

it looks a lot like yeast.

btw there is plenty of bacteria in honey. its just not the bad bacterias you have to avoid.
no different to wild yeasts.
Forum: Mead Forum 03-27-2012, 05:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By tweake
is that a typo? looks like gravity has increased....

is that a typo? looks like gravity has increased.
did you dissolve all the honey?

i would just wait a bit. might have just started off a bit slow.
Forum: Mead Forum 03-27-2012, 05:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By tweake
i simply aim to keep it in the yeasts range. i've...

i simply aim to keep it in the yeasts range. i've had one that was close to the yeasts limits but i'm told that being a melomel it has a lot more buffering so it wasn't a problem.

one reason...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-25-2012, 03:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 634
Posted By tweake
never used red star yeast so i can't tell you...

never used red star yeast so i can't tell you what it will do flavor wise.

specs on the yeast show montrachet is not a good choice due to high sugar levels.
judging by the recipe its highly...
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