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Old 03-26-2013, 11:17 AM   #1
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Hubby found me a book called Irish Traditional Cooking, which has been a wealth of information for much of my recent cooking. I thought I'd share with you the recipe it gives for making mead, though I don't recommend the bottling procedure!

" Boil eight quarts of water in a preserving pan and dissolve in it two pounds of honey. Add thin slices of lemon with skin, pith and pips removed. Remove pan from cooker and when the mixture is nearly cold, add one pint of pale aleand a quarter teaspoon of yeast dissolved in a little tepid water. Leave overnight. Strain into bottles, putting two washed raisins and a teaspoon of sugar in each bottle. Seal bottles and leave in a warm room for four or five hours. Store in a cool, dark place. The mead is ready for drinking within a week."

That sounds like a weak strength mead, with potential bottle bomb potential (hey, maybe that's where the IRA got the petrol bomb idea from - drink the booze and replace with petrol, who can really tell the difference?! ) and it surely couldn't have tasted very good at a week old!

The book acknowledges that the Irish were actually not the best alcohol makers, sanitation was an issue most of the time, so brews often tasted bad. Not that the Irish cared really, apparently it didn't matter how bad it tasted and we got pissed on it anyway


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Old 03-26-2013, 02:16 PM   #2
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Only bottle bombs if it could generate enough pressure, but I don't see why that mix wouldn't work fine in beer bottles. It would carbonate and it would also have some sediment.

How much honey taste might come through is any guess.....


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Old 03-26-2013, 02:31 PM   #3
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Sounds bad to me x(I would assume it needs more time in primary.
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Sounds bad to me x(I would assume it needs more time in primary.
More like, "Sounds bad to me (I assume it would need a primary)
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A short mead. Reminds me of the Finnish Sima, Mayday mead.
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A short mead. Reminds me of the Finnish Sima, Mayday mead.
My point exactly saramc.

I'm not sure if I was reading the other posts in context i.e. "sounds bad" meaning the opposite, or "sounds bad" as a new(ish) mead maker who hasn't heard of/tried such "quick" brews and presumes hazard ?

Hey ho, might even give it a try......
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Sounds more like a slightly alcoholic soda to me, rather than something to get you drunk.


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