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Old 05-30-2012, 09:08 PM   #1
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I went to the mayfest last saturday and had an IPA Mead and it was fantastic, been looking for a recipe and have not found one. Wondering if anyone here had one or knows where to find one.

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Old 05-31-2012, 03:17 AM   #2
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This where some marketing confusion creeps in !

I presume by IPA you mean like an India pale ale ?

If that's correct, you'd want to look either for a braggot recipe that uses honey and IPA ingredients, or an IPA recipe and use honey for some of the fermentables.

Was it served like a beer or a wine ?
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:03 AM   #3
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B.Nektar in Michigan recently released an "IPA Style Mead" they call "Evil Genius"

This is from the label:

"In an obscure industrial lair resides the man known only as the evil Dr. I.P.A. Using his hadron colider, hidden deep underground, he has conducted his most remarkable experiment to-date. The result is a perfect balance of honey and hops. But there are side-effects... His lab rats can't get enough of the stuff. And soon, neither will you. Introducing the Evil Genius. The big bang is no longer a theory, it's your reality."

Product Facts: Made with raw Michigan wildflower honey and hops (Chinook, Cluster, Cascade). Lightly carbonated. 6% ABV
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:40 AM   #4
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B.Nektar in Michigan recently released an "IPA Style Mead" they call "Evil Genius"

This is from the label:

"In an obscure industrial lair resides the man known only as the evil Dr. I.P.A. Using his hadron colider, hidden deep underground, he has conducted his most remarkable experiment to-date. The result is a perfect balance of honey and hops. But there are side-effects... His lab rats can't get enough of the stuff. And soon, neither will you. Introducing the Evil Genius. The big bang is no longer a theory, it's your reality."

Product Facts: Made with raw Michigan wildflower honey and hops (Chinook, Cluster, Cascade). Lightly carbonated. 6% ABV


Yep thats the one i tried it is fantastic!!! I need to try it but i have only brewed beer so far. Hoping some senior mead makers could help with the recipe.

 
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:12 PM   #5
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check these threads out, they might help

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/dry-hopped-mead-253161/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/dry-...g-mead-300339/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/hops-mead-262138/
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:30 PM   #6
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I bought a bottle of Evil Genius at LHBS......I concur it is awesome. I wish I had checked SG before I drank it. It was quite sweet but the hops make a nice contrast.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:13 AM   #7
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So based on their brewing style - I'm assuming this is really a hopped hydromel or simply a weak metheglin in a sense. It is sans malt (according to the posted description) - and comes in at only 6% ABV.

If it were "quite sweet" as reported by roadymi - my initial thoughts are, per gallon:

2 lbs clover honey
.2 oz hops
Safale US-05

The trick is getting close to the 6%. That's some serious hydromel status. I would watch your FG after a day or so and stop fermentation as necessary. SNA will not be needed in a mead this 'small'. I haven't done the math on it - but at 6%, I'm sure even less honey could be used per gallon and still be plenty sweet. You're simply going to have to base your stopping point off of your OG reading.

 
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:56 AM   #8
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Curiosity got the best of me, went and got another bottle. Yup it is sweet. 1.03 @ refrigerated temps.

Label warns of sulphites and sulphates so I assume they cold crash stabilize and ship. I doubt a commercial meadery ages a year.

Ok I am gonna try a gallon 2 lbs honey should get me to 1.073 or so, cold crash and stabilize at 1.03 should be about 6%

Now for the hops.... looking for input. I am thinking dry hopping but with what variety? And how much?
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:00 AM   #9
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B.Nektar has bourbon barrel mead and a couple cysers that they've aged 1-1.5 yrs. but this sounds like something they made quicker if they used stabilizers.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:58 PM   #10
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B.Nektar has bourbon barrel mead and a couple cysers that they've aged 1-1.5 yrs
Yup! that stuff is awesome! it's my favorite store bought mead... well cyser...

 
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