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Old 11-06-2010, 05:35 AM   #11
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I wish I could, and you have opened my eyes to something I should have looked into when making it. I never tasted the juices before the mead was finished. The other thing I can't honestly comment on is strength. I quite often just trust my meads to do their own thing so I don't take readings. I can be quite the unorthodox brewer at times and sometimes I completely forget about the idea of repeating a good recipe. I'm sorry I can't be of more help and I hope your's turns out as good as mine did.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:35 AM   #12
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I think Vanilla beans would make a really good winter mead. Anybody else?
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:07 PM   #13
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I received a request for the ingredients I used on the 5 gallon recipe, so I figured I would post it for all to see.

Before I do I would like to thank MeadLover for the original recipe, my batch turned out delicious.

I used the following for the 5 gal batch:
12 lbs Clover Honey
1 1/2 Gal non-concentrate apple juice
1/2 gal non-concentrate Cranberry juice
1/2 gal from concentrate Cranberry Juice (non-concentrate is really expensive so I cheated a bit)
8 all spice
8 cloves
1/2 tbsp wyeast wine nutrient
Wyeast Sweet Mead yeast

OG 1.121
FG 1.025
ABV: 12.6%

I followed the instructions that MeadLover posted, with the exception of adding wine nutrient


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Old 12-06-2010, 09:42 PM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nichols View Post
I received a request for the ingredients I used on the 5 gallon recipe, so I figured I would post it for all to see.

Before I do I would like to thank MeadLover for the original recipe, my batch turned out delicious.

I used the following for the 5 gal batch:
12 lbs Clover Honey
1 1/2 Gal non-concentrate apple juice
1/2 gal non-concentrate Cranberry juice
1/2 gal from concentrate Cranberry Juice (non-concentrate is really expensive so I cheated a bit)
8 all spice
8 cloves
1/2 tbsp wyeast wine nutrient
Wyeast Sweet Mead yeast

OG 1.121
FG 1.025
ABV: 12.6%

I followed the instructions that MeadLover posted, with the exception of adding wine nutrient
Awesome, thank you very much! It looks like you opted out on the cinamon? How was at time of bottling vs aged?

 
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:15 PM   #15
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14 days primary
A little over 2 months in the secondary (at work don't have the exact dates with me)

I must have overlooked the Cinnamon and didn't add it... lol... If I had to do it over again I would probably either leave it out or add a bit less all spice and cloves. It has about the right spice flavor for my taste. The all spice is strong so be careful or you will feel like you're drinking a Christmas candle

 
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:19 PM   #16
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After drinking quite a bit of this mead over Christmas I would like to retract my Cinnamon statement. It was very delicious chilled with a Cinnamon stick.

 
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:02 AM   #17
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I'm a little over two months in the secondary and it tastes a little like burnt rubber. Is this due to a lack of nutrients, or does it just need a little more aging time? You guys talk about drinking right about now, but to me it doesn't taste right. Maybe it was my low OG? Any suggestions/thoughts?

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:59 PM   #18
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Burnt rubber huh... Thats very weird I would say after 2 months mine was very sweet. What type of honey did you use? Did you taste it before hand?

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:17 PM   #19
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Yes. It's a really nice wildflower from a friend. I don't think it's the honey. The only thing I have found in reading up about faults is that the yeasts might have been nutrient deprived. Only cranberries are really nutrient rich, so I don't know.
Mine is not really sweet, I would call it very dry. Maybe my fruit was very high in acid and just needs more time to age.

 
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:41 PM   #20
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Very well could be. Meadlover didn't use any nutrients so I don't think that the nutrients are key to the final product. I hope it turns out well for you. You should let us know what happens.

 
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