This is my spiced autumn mead right after going into secondary, I left it in primary for one month, there was still co2 forming and cloudy as hell, so I'm assuming there was still at least some miniscule amount of ferment going. I tasted it when siphoning and damn was it good, my recipe is as follows
.5 # apple cider at 180 degrees
1 tsp ground cinnamon and leave at 180 for five minutes
Add. 5 oz dried sweet orange peel turn off heat
Steep for 30 minutes and remove oronge peel
Heat to 160 degrees
Turn off heat and add 1# brown suger, 2 opened cardamom seed pods, THEN 3# wildflower honey
Add .5 oz dried sweet orange peel and yeast nutrient
Use cake mixer to aerate for 10 minutes
pour into car boy and add yeast ( ec 1118)
One month primary rack sorbate
I'm waiting till clear rack one more time and bottle. I used the 1118 because it was a real high gravity, and a lot of the flavors, mainly cardamom have potent tastes so a lil loss in that department is okay. Its absolutely amazing right now I can't wait till November to open it and see what it tastes like.
If you want to drink the best booze, your gonna have to make it yourself.
Punk Ass Mead, "Rebellious by Nature"