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Old 06-20-2006, 04:18 PM   #11
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Think it might work in a meth?
I don't do meth, so I wouldn't know. I'm sure there are plenty of homemethtalk websites out there for your junky friends.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:22 PM   #12
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Yeah, seriously. Now, while I hide my stash...

But as a terminology question - does anyone actually call it methglyn, or is just basically "mead" or "mel"?
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Old 08-27-2010, 03:35 PM   #13
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How did the meads turn out? I have a hibiscus mead in secondary right now... but I am wondering if I am doing this right. I have been using the "no-cook" style. I put the must in the primary and added about 1/2 a pound of dried hibiscus flowers in the secondary. I am debating re-racking it to get the hibiscus flowers out so it can clear and now my husband is having concern about the amount of flowers I put in.... so does anyone out there know if there is a level of hibiscus where you wouldn't recommend drinking it or not drinking it in some quantity? I haven't been able to find anything on the great and wide internet about it being toxic so... I thought I would ask you guys.

 
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:36 PM   #14
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Holy crap. a post dug up from 4 years ago.

I suggest getting the flowers off the mead soon, I wouldn't keep them in contact for more than a week or two.
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:36 PM   #15
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How did the meads turn out? I have a hibiscus mead in secondary right now... but I am wondering if I am doing this right. I have been using the "no-cook" style. I put the must in the primary and added about 1/2 a pound of dried hibiscus flowers in the secondary. I am debating re-racking it to get the hibiscus flowers out so it can clear and now my husband is having concern about the amount of flowers I put in.... so does anyone out there know if there is a level of hibiscus where you wouldn't recommend drinking it or not drinking it in some quantity? I haven't been able to find anything on the great and wide internet about it being toxic so... I thought I would ask you guys.
The only recommended level of hibiscus that I've read about not reccomended for drinking is if you use too much in a recipe. At .5 lbs you should be okay. From what I understand, they are not toxic. However, you should know that most of the hibiscus bought in stores in the USA are from China. Nothing agianst the Chinese but they don't have a stellar record of food quality control in the past few years. Also know that some of the most regarded mead is Viking Blood which is made with hibiscus -
http://www.mjod.dk/node/48

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Old 08-27-2010, 08:27 PM   #16
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I got my hibiscus from a tea place... supposedly the flowers come from Nevada, so I guess I am not too concerned about that. They have been in there for a month, so I am going to take the mead off, as suggested. I used "ruby red" blossoms, so the mead is crazy dark. Thank you both for your help. Hopefully it will turn out... it is my first time using hibiscus and supposed to be my first sparkling mead... maybe I bit off more than I could chew

 
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:36 PM   #17
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Sorry, didn't mean to make such a generalization. the hibiscus I have seen in Food City and such places is from China.

Let us know how it turns out, I plan to one someday myself. I've got to unload the freezer of ingredients I have already first though.

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Old 08-28-2010, 03:34 PM   #18
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No worries. The majority of spices I get are from the grocery store... I just couldn't find any there so I had to get a little more creative.
After tasting it last night, it is ok. It really doesn't have the depth I would like it to and I might need to sweeten it a little when all is said and done.

 
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:21 PM   #19
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I made a batch of hibiscus mead a few years back and it turned out very good except the colour. It went from a rosy pink colour to a liquid gold before I bottled it. I believe it oxided in the carboy from to much headroom space.

I put my hibiscus flowers in a tea to steep before adding the entire tea to the must. It was a real trip to watch those yeasties go to town on the flowers. I thought it was going to bubble over. Never had a must that was so vigorous as that hibiscus mead.

 
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:13 AM   #20
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what amount of hibscus did you add to secondary?

 
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