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Old 11-14-2012, 01:06 AM   #1
redleaves
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Here it is, tried and true, I've been told by several people its better than the original drink of Thor.

5 gal batch

15lbs raw wildflower honey
1/2 lbs organic raisins (nutrients)
2 oz hibiscus, I used heather tips which worked similarly.
2.5 oz Styrian Goldings
Lalvin d47

I wrote the OG but I lost it....oops, but it makes a 15% abv, which is the max for d47, plenty of residual sugar but not too sweet.

Boil water take off heat and add honey while water is still hot but don't boil the honey. Let sit for 4 hours, I didn't bother with an ice bath. Into the carboy. I just rehydrated the yeast I didn't make a starter, just warm water while doing the other stuff. The simplistic recipe gives better results as the delicate flavor of mead is affected easily.

Put raisins and a bit of water...1/2 cup?...in a skillet and heat until raisins start to plump up and smell good. Mash raisins with a potato masher, let cool a bit then add to the carboy. Pitch yeast. I was at about 70f throughout fermentation. Took about 3 weeks to a month. Rack off. Bulk age for 3-4 months. Dry hop with hibiscus or heather and Styrian Goldings for about 1 week. Rack off and bottle. It needs a couple more months in the bottle as the hops have an olive flavor at the beginning but it ages out. Then....poundin' mead guy!

Additional, flavor will vary depending on the flowers in the wild flower honey, but should be along the same line. Buy local!



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Old 11-14-2012, 01:13 AM   #2
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Btw I know it seems like a lot of hibiscus or heather whatever the case maybe, but trust me



 
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:57 AM   #3
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Thanks!

Where do you get hibiscus?

 
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:39 AM   #4
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I'm in Portsmouth, NH Portsmouth health food sells bulk spices and such. So any independent natural store should have it.

 
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:43 PM   #5
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Anyone tried this recipe? Looking to make my first mead, and this one sounds good.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #6
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Hell yeah!!

Saving this recipe.. thank you!

 
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:17 AM   #7
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any info on how this mead turned out? pictures maybe?

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Old 08-07-2013, 01:49 PM   #8
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Yes, pictures please.

 
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:56 PM   #9
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Sorry, no pictures, it's all gone except for one little bottle. I should make more though. Everyone that tried it loved it. Some people still talk about it.

 
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:28 PM   #10
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hey just making sure, but you add the hops and hibiscus only 1 week before bottling?



 
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