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Old 05-06-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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I started a new batch of mead last evening. The recipe called for 30 cloves 30 allspice in the primary . Will This be too much? This mead is for winter solstice , so I wanted it spicy. That is a ton of clove.

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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I started a new batch of mead last evening. The recipe called for 30 cloves 30 allspice in the primary . Will This be too much? This mead is for winter solstice , so I wanted it spicy. That is a ton of clove.
Well I hope it's a large batch then. The JAO recipe calls for 1 clove per gallon, possibly 2 if you like them, so 30 is a lot, even if your WS ceremony is cold......
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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Yeah that Sounds like a serious Boatload. Maybe whoever crafted that recipe had really really really old spices that have lost their potency. But batch size is a factor.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:29 PM   #4
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I wouldn't use 30 cloves for anything homebrew scale! Cloves are a particularly strong flavor, and a very little bit goes a very long way.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:27 PM   #5
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My JAOM has 1 clove in a gallon, and it is clovey enough for me, and I love strong flavors. That much clove and your mouth will be numb for hours.

 
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:05 PM   #6
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I think we've determined that it's too many cloves and likely too much all-spice, unless the batch is 20+ Gallons.

brewgodess, is there any way you can get the mead off those spices ASAP? Also I dont see anything about how much vanilla you used.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:03 PM   #7
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Thanks all for your input. I fished out much of the spice. There is one vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks. I'm sure it will still be spicy enough. The batch is 5 gallons. I hope I didn't trash my must. I was lovely and bubbling away. Made me sick to disturb it!

 
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Since it's during the beginning and the spices have been reduced, the overages should have more time to age out. Don't dump it! That's for sure.

Worst case scenario, you need to blend it with a planer batch.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:41 PM   #9
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Oh I won't . My SG was1.150

That's alotta honey!

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Old 05-10-2013, 02:41 PM   #10
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Sounds like this is a 1 gal batch.

1 bean is not a Vanilla Meglathin. I would use more like 6 in it. But I like vanilla and would expect it to take the foreground of the flavors if you are calling it a Vanilla Mead. I did 6 beans for a 5 gal batch once and it wasn't nearly enough.

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