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Old 01-17-2010, 09:35 PM   #241
Jan 2007
Green Bay, WI
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Made this today, minus the raisins, and I used blood oranges. First mead, so I'll let you know in like 8-12 months. Thanks yooper, for starting me down another slippery slope, making a different batch next week..... swmbo's gonna hate me when she sees my order from Morebeer.....

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Old 02-05-2010, 03:53 AM   #242
Apr 2009
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As I do not really want to read all 240 posts let me say that I am sorry if this has already been asked.

How does this mead taste? Sweet? Semi-sweet? or Dry?
What flavor would you say it has?

I am looking for a mead that is sweet with a very good honey - orange taste to it.
Also let me say that I have never made a mead before that is the reasons for the questions.

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Old 02-05-2010, 05:09 AM   #243
Dec 2008
Davenport, Iowa
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It has a tendency towards Semi-sweet. I know Ive back sweetened some before. it depends on how far your yeast ends up taking it. its a fantastic and simple recipe. IF you follow it exactly...the ONLY change that "I" do is substitute Lalvin D-47 yeast . If you think its a bit less sweet than you like it at the finish, then by all means back sweeten it with some Honey until it gets to where you like it!
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:33 PM   #244
Sep 2009
Ann Arbor
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If you want to make this come out better than the original recipe try 2 things

1. Do NOT put the whole oranges in! Juice the oranges or you will get a pithy taste.

2. Try using D47 or 71b yeast instead of bakers yeast.

This was the first recipe I tried and it ended up with a yucky pithy taste, which goes away with time. But if you want yours done and drinkable faster follow the above suggestions. I tried this recipe before I found this site. Now that I am have read Hightest's stickies in the Mead forum and Ken Schramm's book I am making much better mead than this. I would hate for people who have been brewing other things to try this recipe and think that all meads suck! For an orange mead you might look up the Blood Orange Mead thread. They are in stores right now and mine is really tasty!
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:54 PM   #245
Jan 2010
Fredericton, N.B.
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I put on 2 1 gal batches the same evening (10/01/10), one with a large naval orange and the other with a blood orange. The naval batch is starting to clear nicely, but the blood batch is still a little turbid. Cant wait to test them out.

Based on the comments here I plan on doing 2 more batches, both with D47 and one with juiced/zested oranges, either blood or naval depending on which turns out better.

I would start these sooner but I don't have any extra 1 gal glass bottles, and there quite a few bucks to buy new around here. Im a little weary to try using a #5 plastic juice bottle, but lots of people here seem to be using them. Can anyone out there set me strait on the glass/plastic bottle situation?

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Old 02-15-2010, 05:00 AM   #246
Dec 2009
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I made a batch of this yesterday...first mead ever for me. I followed the recipe exactly. It's bubbling nicely, though it hasn't produced a lot of foam. Can't wait to try it!

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Old 02-18-2010, 05:46 PM   #247
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Fredericton New Brunswick
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Just cracked a bottle of this after about 4 months. I pitched too much of the bread yeast so it fermented out completely. The stuff is really good. At 4 months its still kind of hot and warm inside after you drink it, but im sure that will dissipate with time. The flavour from the cinammon stick is the dominant flavour that Im getting. A hint of fruit from the orange but really there isnt too much to speak of. Very tasty. Ill be making this again but hopefully I can get it a little sweeter the way it was intended to be.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:26 PM   #248
Dec 2009
St. Louis
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I'm just posting to brag on this recipe.

I helped my friend bottle his about 2 hours ago and straight from the bottling bucket this stuff tasted SUPERB. He had it in primary for 4 months and it's just fantastic. This will probably be added to my to-do list. GREAT RECIPE!

edit: btw he followed the ingredients according to the OP, not the revisions that were made. Still SUPERB!
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:28 AM   #249
Mar 2010
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Just got all the stuff from the grocery store for this and hope to make it later tonight when my back recovers a bit. Also stopped by Nebraska Brewing for a growler of wheat and Cornhusker Beverage for some sarsaparilla extract (making the kids some soda) and picked up an extra primary bucket, airlocks, etc to start a new brew soon. It's only been 3 - 4 days since I made my first brew. I think I may have issues.

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Old 03-05-2010, 03:51 PM   #250
Jan 2006
Macomb Twp, Mi
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Any of you guys who have done a larger batch have any issues with clearing? I did a 3g batch at the begining of Decemeber and it is still pretty cloudy.

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