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Forum: Mead Forum 12-02-2013, 01:37 AM
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Posted By Bearmaul
Yeah I've been gassed pretty good by the yeasts...

Yeah I've been gassed pretty good by the yeasts before. Nothing to worry about.
Forum: Mead Forum 12-02-2013, 01:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By Bearmaul
It's hard to tell in the pic if that's fruit or...

It's hard to tell in the pic if that's fruit or just fruity foam from fermentation. I wouldn't be worried about it either way.

You can top up with whatever you like, you shouldn't need much if any...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-02-2013, 01:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 265
Posted By Bearmaul
That's the basic process, yes, but don't worry...

That's the basic process, yes, but don't worry about the time frame. Not every fermentation is going to complete in a month. Primary fermentation ends when fermentation stops and the SG of your mead...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-26-2013, 12:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,722
Posted By Bearmaul
That's not very long. Let it sit and do its...

That's not very long. Let it sit and do its thing. It will clear. You're running on mead time; the mead isn't running on your time.
Forum: Mead Forum 11-25-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 284
Posted By Bearmaul
It tastes good but smells like vomit...? Don't...

It tastes good but smells like vomit...? Don't smell it.

But seriously, just let it age for a while. Any vomity off flavors will more than likely age out.
Forum: Mead Forum 11-24-2013, 09:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 981
Posted By Bearmaul
I should think if you're going for an IPA level...

I should think if you're going for an IPA level of bitterness, that'd mask any delicate aromatics from the honey anyway. Boil away.
Forum: Mead Forum 11-17-2013, 09:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,968
Posted By Bearmaul
Caramelizing the honey renders some of the sugars...

Caramelizing the honey renders some of the sugars unfermentable to the yeasts, so it stands to reason that a bochet will have a bit more sweetness to it than a traditional. It does sound like yours...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-03-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By Bearmaul
In my experience, "pumpkin" flavor is actually...

In my experience, "pumpkin" flavor is actually the spices that commonly accompany pumpkin, and the actual pumpkin itself is just a delivery vessel for them. That being said, those are some tasty...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-31-2013, 08:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 184
Posted By Bearmaul
If you don't want a dry mead, just stabilize with...

If you don't want a dry mead, just stabilize with sulfite and sorbate and backsweeten to taste with additional honey.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-28-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 394
Posted By Bearmaul
Taste it. Honey doesn't spoil and I've heard a...

Taste it. Honey doesn't spoil and I've heard a few accounts of aged honey being heavenly. It might turn out that you're sitting on the holy grail of honeys and you might just want to make a...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-27-2013, 03:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 160
Posted By Bearmaul
Normally I'd say to let it run its course... but...

Normally I'd say to let it run its course... but then you mentioned thirteen gallons. Holy crap.

Cold crash it ASAP and get the yeasts you want in there. I'm pretty sure everything would be okay,...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-26-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,837
Posted By Bearmaul
If you're adding them to secondary and you've had...

If you're adding them to secondary and you've had a healthy ferment, you can pretty much rely on the alcohol to deal with any intruders, so sanitizing the berries isn't too much of an issue. That...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-26-2013, 01:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 364
Posted By Bearmaul
If I were you, I'd rack it out now. But it really...

If I were you, I'd rack it out now. But it really depends on what kind of yeast you used. Some yeasts are a lot more prone to autolysis than others.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-26-2013, 01:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,445
Posted By Bearmaul
Check out the thread for Bray's One Month Mead. I...

Check out the thread for Bray's One Month Mead. I haven't tried it but I've yet to read anything negative about it.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/brays-one-month-mead-429241/
Forum: Mead Forum 10-25-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 294
Posted By Bearmaul
Caramelizing the honey will definitely lend a...

Caramelizing the honey will definitely lend a caramely, burnt marshmallow type of flavor. I definitely recommend it.

Caramelizing will also render some of the sugars unfermentable, but I would...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-24-2013, 06:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,430
Posted By Bearmaul
I think it could go pretty well in a gin...

I think it could go pretty well in a gin influenced mead with juniper berries. It'd enhance the "Christmas tree" qualities of the gin flavor. Maybe with a hint of lime. I might have to do this in the...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-24-2013, 06:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 927
Posted By Bearmaul
Thats a veeerry huge question. That's like saying...

Thats a veeerry huge question. That's like saying "what does beer taste like" or wine or cheese.

The only ingredient that meads have in common is honey. Other than that, it can be anything. There...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-19-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 358
Posted By Bearmaul
I've been planning on a strawberry melon mint...

I've been planning on a strawberry melon mint mead but haven't gotten around to it. It's a great flavor combination, I've just never had it in a mead.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-17-2013, 03:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By Bearmaul
I very well could be mistaken but I don't think...

I very well could be mistaken but I don't think oxidization happens with brief exposure to oxygen... it should take a while. I say continue to punch down, especially if fermentation is still going...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-17-2013, 03:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,585
Posted By Bearmaul
So... wait... You edited the JAOM recipe and...

So... wait...

You edited the JAOM recipe and you're unhappy with the results? Shocker!

No, just kidding. I think blending it with a dry traditional would be a really good idea.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-10-2013, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,520
Posted By Bearmaul
As long as all the sanitizer is washed out, I...

As long as all the sanitizer is washed out, I don't foresee any problems. Never complain about free buckets!
Forum: Mead Forum 10-06-2013, 02:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By Bearmaul
Basically what Yooper said. Keep in mind yeast...

Basically what Yooper said. Keep in mind yeast are microscopic critters and they take time to establish a good colony.
Forum: Mead Forum 10-06-2013, 02:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,524
Posted By Bearmaul
Maybe a mead with a higher pectin content could...

Maybe a mead with a higher pectin content could give a "thicker" mouthfeel?
Forum: Mead Forum 10-04-2013, 11:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 418
Posted By Bearmaul
It's possible, but risky. Under certain...

It's possible, but risky. Under certain conditions, and with the right nutrients, yeasts can far exceed their typical alcohol tolerance. Just when I thought my orange mead was done, it started back...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-04-2013, 12:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,702
Posted By Bearmaul
Unless you're sure its just a protein haze, I'd...

Unless you're sure its just a protein haze, I'd definitely hold off on bottling until its clear. If there are yeast in suspension, they can wake up in the bottle and restart fermentation and...
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