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Old 11-29-2009, 04:09 AM   #1
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Ethiopian Mead(T'ej)

Honey: 12lbs (local wildflower)
Gesho Leaves: .5oz
Ginger Root(grated): 1oz
Yeast Nutrient: 1/2 tsp
Yeast Energizer: 1/2 tsp
Raisins: .5 lb

Gesho Sticks 2oz(dry hop)

Yeast: 71B

Get 1.5 gallons of water to 180 degrees, then add honey and stir well. Honey will bring level up to 3 gallons. Bring temp. back to 180 then add Gesho leaves, ginger, nutrient, energizer, and raisins. Cover and let sit for 30 mins. Cool to pitching temp add the gesho sticks to carboy and pitch yeast. Check gravity after 4 weeks. Ferment for 2-3 months to desired sweetness.

Website to find Gesho sticks and leaves: http://www.habeshfoods.net/category.sc?categoryId=4
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:36 AM   #2
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What are and where does one find gesho sticks and leaves?
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Old 11-29-2009, 02:19 PM   #3

Try an Ethiopian market like Habesh Foods.

 
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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At the BOP/HBS I work at we order them from this lady in Oakland, CA.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:50 PM   #5
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Bumping this thread, because I am planning to make this very soon. I have a friend in DC that is purchasing the gesho for me and sending it up here to Alaska shortly. He found the sticks, but the leaves all seem to be sold in a ground up form. This should still be okay, right? Would I add the same amount as I would the whole leaves? Ground vs. whole should be the same in terms of weight, yes?

 
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:58 PM   #6
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Bumping this thread, because I am planning to make this very soon. I have a friend in DC that is purchasing the gesho for me and sending it up here to Alaska shortly. He found the sticks, but the leaves all seem to be sold in a ground up form. This should still be okay, right? Would I add the same amount as I would the whole leaves? Ground vs. whole should be the same in terms of weight, yes?
The ground leaves are what i used in the recipe. So they should be fine.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:28 PM   #7
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So then Battery_BreweryNJ, have you tried your batch yet? How is it?

 
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So then Battery_BreweryNJ, have you tried your batch yet? How is it?
I just cut it off and am planing on bottling it soon. I took a sample the other day, OH MAN! it is amazing. Its a little sweeter than I i wanted but the yeast crapped out on me so ill have to age it for awhile. Good Luck!
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:36 PM   #9
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This has got me really excited for the brew. My gesho ingredients should be arriving shortly!

Can I ask - what were your gravity specifics? OG and SG when you racked it over/cut it off?

 
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:03 PM   #10
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My OG was 1.145 which is pretty high, I let it ferment for 4 weeks then i checked the gravity again and it went down to 1.080, i let it sit for about another month and the gravity only went down two points, so i repitched some EC-1118 and got it down to 1.040 and i racked it. Once you get your desired sweetness you can use some sulfites to cut it off and I also used some super-kleer to help clear it out. If you have anymore question just let me know.
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