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Old 11-24-2010, 05:55 AM   #91
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My brother and I made this today, sort of a going away/returning present for him. He received a job offer animating in New Zealand for a year, so we will have to crack open the first bottle when he gets back!

My OG was 1.138. Also I goofed and added the 2 vanilla beans to the primary. Oh well, I'll just have to see how this turns out.
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Any reason someone couldn't replace the DME with pale malt? Also I'm having trouble finding buckwheat honey, I was thinking maybe I could replace it with grain. I haven't had buckwheat honey so I could say what it tastes like.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:10 AM   #93
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Any reason someone couldn't replace the DME with pale malt? Also I'm having trouble finding buckwheat honey, I was thinking maybe I could replace it with grain. I haven't had buckwheat honey so I could say what it tastes like.
It tastes like honey with a lot of earthy type flavors followed by a kick to the face from David Beckham. I'm not sure if there is a malt to replace that with. Worse case scenario, I think I would swap it out for more orange blossom honey.

I bought my buckwheat from my local heath food store in 1 lb containers for $5 each.

PS: If you spill a little of the must on the kitchen floor, be sure clean it all up. SWMBO was not amused.
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:34 AM   #94
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Brewed this up to recipe todat, but exchanged 3.21 #s of maris otter for the DME. Added 4 gallons of apple juice and did not reach 5 gallon volume. I'm sure it's because of extra grain absorption. Good news is that my gravity was above the limit of my refractometer, so I added some more juice and some water to get it up to volume and ended with 1.116 OG. Definitely close enough for me. Now for the long wait
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Racked mine over to and added the vanilla bean just like the recipe said. Have many people once they racked to secondary had much activity in the bubbler? When I racked it over I had almost no activity (one in a min or 2). Trying to make sure I just didn't stall it. Work has been crazy So I will pull a gravity again tomorrow. The main reason to ask is the first batch of mead I made is still bubbling after a good month and half on a carboy. This one seems to have settled out a lot faster
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Well 6 months later I've tried it and it is awesome. Worth the wait. As for the the secondary I had barely any activity if at all. Also this was my first mead attempt and am happy to say I will be making another very soon.
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:31 AM   #97
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Just made 6 gallons with meadowfoam honey, the smell is amazing. I've never used k1 before. Also I've never had to use a blowoff tube either... until now. This is fermenting like mad. I over shot my SG a little so I think this will end up around 15% after I top it up with cider once primary is done.
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Mine ended up at 15.7%, following this recipe. OG 1.138, FG 1.018.

I made this on 11/23/10 and watched it until the gravity stopped dropping and settled to 1.022, so I stabilized it on 3/13/11. It tasted very sweet at the time, almost too sweet, so I didn't add the additional pound of buckwheat honey after stabilizing. I bottled it on 9/25/11 after bulk aging it for 6 months. The gravity had dropped while aging, which I found to be weird, because the gravity had not changed for 2 months before aging, I didn't add any more fermentables, and I stabilized it. Gravity at bottling time- 1.018. It still tastes great, just a lot more dry tasting than it was 6 months prior.

I drank the residuals from my bottling bucket with a cut of steak. It paired very well. We'll see how it ages in the next several months.
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Any thoughts on oaking this?
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I started a 2 gallon batch of this about 2 weeks ago (11/5/11) - sounds interesting and hope it turns out. I have mine fermenting in a fermentation chamber at 70F.

Unfortunately I was doing two mead recipes at the same time and added all the buckwheat honey upfront - wonder why my og was so high... haha. Well they blew over pretty good and I ended up racking into my glas jugs and needing to add water to each (about two cups each). Hopefully it evens out the excess buckwheat addition. I am now in secondary with 2 vanilla beans.

Looking forward to it either way!
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