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Old 06-21-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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I'm contemplating starting an herbed hydromel (weak mead) sometime soon and using rosemary, juniper (berries), and bay leaves for flavouring. My proposed recipe is below. Let me know what you think--and any name suggestions...

1-1.25 pounds honey
Nottingham brewers yeast (looking at using this because I'm starting a cider that'll use it, and think a brewing yeast as opposed to a wine yeast would be appropriate)
2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
6 fresh bay leaves
6-8 juniper berries cracked.

I am planning on adding the flavourings so that they can easily be removed--or do you think I should make a tisane with them?

edited to add: I am aiming for 5-6% ABV, which is what that amount of honey should give me.

 
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:05 AM   #2
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If you like those flavors go for it; however, I would make a tisane and use that as your base water. Then when time to rack to secondary I would add juice from a couple of lemons and zest them too. I think the herbal/piney type flavors would go well with that.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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I do like the lemon in the secondary idea, and may just use it. Only one lemon though, I don't want it to overpower.

 
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:18 AM   #4
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I started it this afternoon.

Black Lagoon Hydromel
12 dried juniper berries
10 fresh bay leaves (cracked)
3 (small) sprigs of fresh rosemary
1.25-1.5 pounds honey

I made a tisane with herbs by boiling for about 15 minutes then letting it steep for about an hour and a quarter. At the beginning it was a nice, pale green, after steeping it was a beautiful cranberry red, and when I added the honey it turned grey. I'm thinking there may be some chemical reaction going on there.

Water to 1 gallon.
Pitched ½ tsp Nottingham brewers yeast.

OG is 1.039

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Old 06-26-2012, 11:00 PM   #5
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Sounds good!

 
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:49 AM   #6
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So, this is now in the secondary, and since the last post has gone through several colours before ending at a pale straw.
SG is 1.008, and the taste is....interesting. None of the flavours come through to the front--which is what I wanted. I also added about 1 Tbsp of lemon juice, which probably did nothing, but I didn't have any zest/lemons on hand.

 
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:10 AM   #7
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I finally bottled this today. I am unsure what the FG is, but it's probably somewhere around 1.0 even. The flavour is light, refreshing, and surprisingly tart--reminding me of a properly made lemonaid (i.e. not particularly sweet).

 
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