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Old 11-29-2011, 04:40 AM   #1
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Just thought I'd share my latest 1 gallon test batch.

4Lbs Clover Honey
1 nutmeg nut(cut in half)
1 stick Cinnamon
2 small slices of ginger
1 package D-47
1/2 tsp yeast energizer
Water to the 1 gallon mark

SG = 1.133

Excited to see how this one tastes in about a year or so

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:07 AM   #2
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Did you bottle any 12's to check its progress along the way? Any updates?

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:10 AM   #3
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Did you bottle any 12's to check its progress along the way? Any updates?
Still in the Carboy. Hasn't cleared yet. I haven't pulled a sample in the last 2 months, but last one tasted a bit like cough syrup with a lot of alcohol. I'm hoping that it will mellow in the next 6 months, but we'll see.

 
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:14 AM   #4
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Update on this one. It has definitely gotten better with age! I can still taste a hint of the cough syrupy taste, but that has most definitely faded with age as did the alcohol taste. Going to give it a while longer, I was originally a bit worried about this one, but I think another 6 months or so and this will be a very tasty mead

 
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:53 AM   #5
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Cough syrup taste is gone. The spices are coming through nicely now, it's a tad bit sweeter than I like but not too bad(FG: 1.015), think I'll be bottling up soon. This will be good for Christmas

 
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:32 AM   #6
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Thanks for the update. Sounds really good.

 
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:26 PM   #7
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How spicy was this? Just last night I started a similar mead, I used an organic honey-based ginger syrup (four cups), ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg (each is about three teaspoons worth), four cinnamon sticks, some real chopped ginger, and 500 grams of clover/alfalfa honey. To be honest, I wasn't as precise with measuring as I probably should have been, but seeing how little spice you used, do you think mine will be too spicy? This is all in five gallons, by the way.

 
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:17 PM   #8
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well the last sample I pulled wasn't spicy at all from what I remember. This batch is actually still in the carboy and hasn't been bottle up yet, and I honestly don't think I've pulled a sample in about 1.5 years(kept the airlock full though).

My son was born a little over 1.5 ago and I haven't really had free time to brew/bottle much since then. As a result I have 5 batches of mead of various sizes in the downstairs closet that have been sitting in the carboys for over 2 years now. One of these weekends I will get them bottled up

 
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