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Old 11-05-2012, 01:46 PM   #431
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I've suddenly been on a kick of making meads. I made a few back in 2010 that I thought turned out terrible. I actually thought I threw them all out, but the surprise, surprise, while searching for some empty bottles I discovered my very first 2 meads, a cider and a elderberry wine, all sitting in a bottom cupboard of the basement. I tasted them, and was very happy to find that the flavors had meld together and all the harshness was gone. Everything was crystal clear too.
I got right to racking and bottling. here is the end result.

later I bottled another fruit mead that I made a few months back. This one was a clean out the freezer mead. I had 5 pounds of cherries, some pom/cherryjuice and some buckwheat and clover honey. I made a 3 gal. batch of melllomel which cleared out really fast.


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Old 11-05-2012, 01:56 PM   #432
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forgot to mention that I also made my first braggot on teach a friend to brew day. I based it off of Ken Schramm's Hefty Braggot. I'm more of a extract or partial brewer, but I didn't want to just go with the gold DME that the recipe called for, so I added a bit of grains to steep and I also ended up with a extra pound of Buckwheat honey in the mix. Oh, and since Ken wrote that you could easily up the hops I did. . I went with a total of 7 oz instead of 5.
Just whipping the wort up to get some air into it caused a great whip cream head. I knew this was going to be a wild fermentation so I went with the bow-off tube. Good thing too because this morning the the blow off tube jar is practically doing a jig it's got so many bubbles breaking in in. I also had a tiny bit of wort on the floor that must of squeezed out from some place. I'll have to check it all over later. I was running late for work, and couldn't spend the time to check things out better.

 
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:00 PM   #433
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Just bottled four different sparkling meads.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:11 PM   #434
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Here's the two meads I made in November of last year that I've been bulk aging. One is just an orange blossom honey mead and the other is a bochet. These are just samples I drew. I'll be bottling the orange blossom in a couple weeks and the bochet is oaking at the moment. I'll bottle that one in maybe another 6 months to a year.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:52 PM   #435
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Here is a picture of the Sunrise Mead. It was a bit rushed (three months in total from start to bottle). I made this over the winter season at the South Pole. We were limited on yeast and honey. I used creamed clove honey, bread yeast, and added Orange Spice Black tea to it for flavor. Its at 11% ABV and taste slightly sweet with a small hint of orange. This picture was take right after I racked the mead. I bottled the mead to celebrate the sunrise and for our sunrise dinner we held at the South Pole.


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Old 11-06-2012, 12:42 AM   #436
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Just bottled this traditional mead that was in fermenter for a year then in 5 gallon virgin oak keg for a year. Tastes like the smoothest bourbon you could have but at around 18% percent alcohol, I can drink a lot more than I can real bourbon.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:38 AM   #437
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My first batch of mead, bottled on Sunday. Taste is sweet but hot with alcohol.

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Old 11-08-2012, 07:17 PM   #438
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The first two are a braggot, a 2 gallon batch, using amber ale malt, chocolate ale malt, some cascade hops, and about 2.5g of honey from a local beekeeper.
When I pour it into a cup it looks like dark maple syrup. Next time I have a glass I'll take another picture for a better colour representation. Oh yeah and the home-made label translates to 'Dwarven Stout'

The last two are a Fruits of the Forest mead. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and some strawberries.
Is that axe design a bindrune? Or just a design lol.

 
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:00 AM   #439
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On left, blackberry and Christmas spices Melo-meth... On right "Halls non-mentholated" Mead.

 
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:30 PM   #440
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Is that coffee in champagne glasses? Nah, it's just some chocolate braggot. :P
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