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Old 04-15-2008, 04:52 PM   #1
Feb 2008
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I've been googling all morning, and I can't seem to find it. I'm looking for a recipe for "Morning Wood," by Steve Schmidtt. It won Best of Show in 2005, and was featured as the official Mead Day recipe by the AHA in 2006. Does anyone have it?


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Old 04-15-2008, 05:42 PM   #2
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All of the information I'm finding about Mead Day 2006 has the featured recipe as Curt and Kathy Stock's 'Strawberry Cabana Mead'. This recipe is available from

However, I was also able to track down the Mead Day 2005 recipe.

Official 2005 Mead Day Recipe
Steve Schmitt of Anchorage, AK
“Morning Wood” Oak-Aged Mead
Medium Sweet, Still, Standard Strength

Ingredients for 5 U.S. gal (19 L)
13 lb orange blossom honey
4 gal water (top up to 5 gal total must)
1 oz medium toast American oak chips
1 vial (1.5 oz) Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
Wyeast 3783 Rüdesheimer Yeast

O.G.: 1.104 F.G.: 1.020

Make a one-quart yeast starter a day or
two in advance. Thoroughly mix honey
and yeast nutrient with enough water to
make five gallons of mead (approx. four
gallons of water). Pitch yeast starter and
aerate well. Ferment at 65º F for two
weeks. Rack to secondary and ferment
two more weeks. Rack to a tertiary
fermenter with oak chips added (oak
chips can be sanitized by steaming in a
steamer basket for 10-15 minutes).

Sample after one week, and once every
week after that until you achieve the level
of oakiness you desire, then rack to anoth-
er fermenter and age six months before

*Steve aged the original version of this
mead for six months in a medium toast
American oak cask, which had been used
previously to age Barleywines and Imperial
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Secondary #1 - The Jolly Toper's Undrinkable Ale
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Old 04-15-2008, 05:44 PM   #3
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Awesome, thanks!

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