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Old 01-11-2012, 07:19 PM   #11
Winejunkie
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Jan 2012
Southbury, CT
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Hey All,

I came across this site a couple nights ago while putting together/finalizing a VBM recipe for me and a good friend to try. Well I just got done officially signing up and thought that I should get my first post out there. Additionally, I also started my first 1 gallon batch of VBM last evening. It was based on the VB Leap Year threads here at homebrewtalk. Minimal modifications were made. The Sam Adams was not added to the batch, just consumed while making it.

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Old 01-11-2012, 07:43 PM   #12
SCOdoubleT
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That presentation is exceptional!
Can't wait to try the vanilla batch!

 
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:46 PM   #13
Winejunkie
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That presentation is exceptional!
Can't wait to try the vanilla batch!
And there's the good friend I mentioned about..

 
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:57 PM   #14
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So I was looking online at the prices for fireweed... and I'm getting, on average, $14/lb. That's about 235 dollars for the honey needed.

Is there good honey substitute for fireweed that is a little less money? If not, then did you pony up the dough, or did you find a way to make it a little cheaper?

 
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #15
SCOdoubleT
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I might get beat up for saying this, but I plan on making this batch shortly just using plain ol' regular honey. I have actually never even heard of fireweed honey, but will go google it now!

 
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:09 PM   #16
Sirthomas42
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I make all my meads with whatever honey I have on hand (unless it's a small amount of buckwheat or something unusual or strongly flavored). I get my honey in 60 lb buckets for <$2/lb from a local beekeeper, usually blackberry, clover, or wildflower. Since I can't really afford to keep multiple buckets, I use whatever I bought last. And all my meads have turned out great :-)
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:49 PM   #17
Winejunkie
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That's a great price. I hope you keep this beekeeper happy with a bottle or two of mead now and then.

 
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:04 PM   #18
Penguinetti
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That is a great price indeed. I might have to go that route with a clover or wildflower honey.

Also, Winejunkie, you wouldn't happen to be from Southbury, CT?

 
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:20 PM   #19
Winejunkie
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That is a great price indeed. I might have to go that route with a clover or wildflower honey.

Also, Winejunkie, you wouldn't happen to be from Southbury, CT?
Yes, I would be from Southbury. Dare I ask? As far as I know I don't owe anybody money

 
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:31 PM   #20
SCOdoubleT
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The world is such a small place!

 
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