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Old 09-02-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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Has anybody ever tried this or heard of anybody trying it? it just popped into my head as a possible combination.

Any ideas on how I should go about it? What sort of honey should I use?

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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I don't think you'll ever get the cocoa to settle out, I'd recommend using cocoa nibs. I've got a chocolate mead aging right now that used nibs, it's a year old, so I haven't tasted it yet.

As far as honey quality, I typically use less expensive honey for anything that I'm going to use stronger flavoring on, reserving the really good honey for traditional meads.



 
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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There is an organic food store I go to. They have a chili pepper and chocolate candy bar that is pretty good.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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Chiles and chocolates isn't new, you can find it in all kinds of things: hot chocolate, candy bars, beer, etc. Had a bottle of Clown Shoes Mexican Sombrero yesterday, a mexican style stout with chocolate and peppers in it. Good stuff.

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:30 PM   #5
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I'll have to look for the nibs. Thanks. I didn't even know they existed.

Yeah, I know it's not a new combo in foods, etc. I've put cocoa powder in a pot of chili before, and it was really good. But I searched for mead recipes containing cocoa and chilis and couldn't find any. I suppose it would be a Cocoa or Chocolate Capsicumel?

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:06 PM   #6
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I've thought of doing this before, essentially "meadifying" one of my beer recipes (a chocolate cinnamon chipotle stout). Usfbmike is correct...it does take a LONG time for cocoa to settle out (and ultimately, it helps to do some finings) but it can be done, and I've made a straight cocoa mead before with powder successfully. That being said, it takes quite a long time for cocoa flavor to incorporate properly in a mead, and it also requires a little residual sweetness to come out right (otherwise it's just an odd sort of bitterness), so you might need to backsweeten to taste (I left mine at mid-semi sweet, ~ 1.014 after backsweetening).
I'm working on a cocoa bochet right now, and after I see how that one turns out, I may start another cocoa mead with cinnamon and chipotles, +/- caramelized honey vs plain. One of these days I'll try the nibs for comparison...


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