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Old 09-17-2008, 03:29 PM   #11

This sounds a bit like the Caramel Apple mead recipe I posted in the Mead Recipes section. The crystal malt goes very well with apple juice. Mine is over a year old and is very tasty. This is definitely a mead!

Yeast: Lalvin K1v1116
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.120
Final Gravity: 1.010
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 15 days at 68F
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 35 days at 68F

4 Gallons apple juice
2 lbs DME
3 lbs 60L Crystal malt
7 lbs Orange blossom honey
2 lbs clover honey
2 lbs buckwheat honey

2 vanilla beans

Steep grains in 1.5 gallons of apple juice at 155F for 45 minutes and remove from heat. Stir in the DME and honey. Rinse grain sack with 1/2 gallon apple juice. Add the remainder of the apple juice. Aerate by vigorous stirring for at least five minutes. Aerate some more. I now use oxygen with a diffuser stone to aerate (better). Pitch yeast starter (hydrated with Go Ferm per container instructions) directly into the primary (plastic pail fitted with an air lock).

At about 1.075 add 5g Fermaid K
At about 1.035 add 5g Fermaid K
(Dissolve your nutrients in water before adding them to your must. This helps to minimize foam.)

Within about two weeks this should ferment out to 1.012 or so. Rack to secondary and add vanilla beans. Allow to remain in the secondary for about a month.

Rack again onto 1 lb of buckwheat honey and 1/4t potassium metabisuphite or 5 campden tabs and 2 1/2t potassium sorbate to stabilize. Add Super Kleer to clarify. Bulk age for six months to a year before bottling.

I adapted this recipe from one I saw on gotmead.com. Mine is about 14 months old and tastes just like caramel apples. It's a medium sweet mead that's very drinkable. At about 13.75% alcohol and no alcohol bite one should exercise caution since it goes down so smoothly.

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Old 09-19-2008, 04:51 AM   #12
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ooh ooh i gotta try this experiment too

i am getting ready to bottle a 1 gallon spiced cider that had about 3oz of honey added into it as well. dunno how it will turn out yet... but i will tell you around thanksgiving.

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Old 09-20-2008, 05:37 PM   #13
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I am very impressed by the results. gets ya pretty pi$$ed quick
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Originally Posted by EvilTOJ View Post
No no, it's a braggot+cyser. To shorten it down, call it a bra-cyser! It also sounds pretty frickin tasty to me!
Let's shorten that to Bra-Zeer...

Summersolstice: Honey + apples = cyser. Honey + DME = braggot. Honey + herbs/spice (vanilla) = metheglin.
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