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Old 04-23-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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ok....disgusting is a little harsh, but I hate it none the less.

I kind of followed a raspberry citrus batch recipe about a month ago, have racked it twice, fermentation is over...but yuck...the citrus is so strong it over powers the raspberry....it is actually sour. I hate sour.

It irritates me because this batch has a beautiful color and is clearing very fast......smells awesome tastes like cough syrup and lemonade.

Do you think aging is going to mellow this out...or maybe back sweetening would improve it? Or both?

I hate to dump it based on the taste right now, being so early on...but I am tempted.



 
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:15 AM   #2
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mead's are best aged in years - not months.

bulk condition it for a least 3 more months - bottle, then wait at least six months before making any further judgement



 
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:52 PM   #3
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mead's are best aged in years - not months.

bulk condition it for a least 3 more months - bottle, then wait at least six months before making any further judgement

what he said...


if it doesn't taste infected, just rack it off for bulk aging or bottling and Fuggettabboutit for a few months. The only thing I've ever had that tasted great at Month one prior to completion is beer.
my Apfelwiens and ciders, and such usually are "OK" (as in not infected but not something I would drink if I have commercial brew in my fridge) to "good" (as in not infected and good enough to drink even if I have commercial brew in my fridge)

given at least 3 months of aging (mind you - I'm talking ciders and apfelwiens here - double that figgure for a mead) simply "OK" apfelwien becomes "Good", and what was "Good" at bottling time is now "GREAT"

my point here is, age will generally smooth out damn near anything
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:29 PM   #4
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Every mead I've ever made tasted like rubbing alcohol infused with Robitussin (if fruit is involved) after a month in the fermenter. Let it age and the flavors will mellow out.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:48 PM   #5
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Thank you all for the input....hopefully it ages out...if not, I will be shipping you all some raspberry citrus mead next year!

 
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:50 PM   #6
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Every mead I've ever made tasted like rubbing alcohol infused with Robitussin (if fruit is involved) after a month in the fermenter. Let it age and the flavors will mellow out.
YES! That is a better description of the taste...with a bit of lemon juice added for more nastiness!

 
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:54 PM   #7
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They are all wrong, the mead is a write off and so you should go ahead and bottle it and send it to me to dispose of properly. It is the least I can do to support you. Send me a PM and I will get you my address.
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:43 AM   #8
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They are all wrong, the mead is a write off and so you should go ahead and bottle it and send it to me to dispose of properly. It is the least I can do to support you. Send me a PM and I will get you my address.
Careful what you wish for...just might come true!

I guess I was just spoiled by my first two mead batches...although one run away batch (abv wise...long story, already posted here) is refusing to give up the fermentation process...but tastes GREAT (well...it has major potential..would not drink it this early)...and another raspberry (no citrus) batch kicks butt....

I decided I can't dump it... it is already clearing on it's own and it is so pretty in color...I will let it ride. But I swear in eight months if it still tastes like those nasty sour candy things my kids love...all you all are getting some high octane bottles of sour patch mead.

 
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:39 PM   #9
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Careful what you wish for...just might come true!

I guess I was just spoiled by my first two mead batches...although one run away batch (abv wise...long story, already posted here) is refusing to give up the fermentation process...but tastes GREAT (well...it has major potential..would not drink it this early)...and another raspberry (no citrus) batch kicks butt....

I decided I can't dump it... it is already clearing on it's own and it is so pretty in color...I will let it ride. But I swear in eight months if it still tastes like those nasty sour candy things my kids love...all you all are getting some high octane bottles of sour patch mead.

Right on! I can't wait then. Quoting you so you can't go back and change your post later
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:56 PM   #10
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How much lemon did you put in the Raspberry Mead? I recently (started in January of this year) made a raspberry with lemon juice and orange juice in it, and it is already drinkable and delicious!


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