My melomel project - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > My melomel project

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-18-2008, 07:26 PM   #1
magickbottle
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Posts: 16


I took a break from 5 gallon batches in favor of starting several one gallon experimental batches.

first of all i dont measuer or anything, i just throw stuff together and taste it. It's way more fun!

Here's the recipe for 1 gallon:

38oz raw honey (very dark!)
3.5# of pears
1 pinaple
Pears and pinaples were put through the juicer
1 pound of brown sugar

I sulphited it yesterday and will be adding the yeast tonight. I will keep updates and add pictures.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2008, 10:00 PM   #2
BigKahuna
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
BigKahuna's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Eastern Colorado
Posts: 5,970
Liked 52 Times on 45 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by magickbottle View Post
first of all i dont measuer or anything,
Years, wisdom, experience....you'll figure out why we measure! Especially when you make that 1 perfact batch.....and it is the best of the best....and you can't remember what you did.... Made me very sad!


Welcome! Do keep us posted!
__________________
Seriously. I'm here for BEER
It's Not The Size Of Your Rig That Counts....It's How Often You Use It.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 01:12 AM   #3
hightest
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Bridgeton, NJ
Posts: 434
Liked 19 Times on 7 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by BigKahuna View Post
Years, wisdom, experience....you'll figure out why we measure! Especially when you make that 1 perfact batch.....and it is the best of the best....and you can't remember what you did...
You must have read my mind. I was thinking the same thing when I first read this post, but decided not to say it. I'm glad I'm not alone on this thought...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 03:42 PM   #4
zonchar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
NYC
Posts: 58

I dont' measure anything either. I do however keep a very detailed meadlog of everything i do. amount of this added, when they were added during the process, all the timings and anything weird that might've happened.
Then I'll write down my own impression of the mead and what comment is get from other local brewers. So if i decide to make the same thing again I'll have a very detailed record knowing exactly what i tasted like and what i did to get that result down to the brand names of the ingredients.
__________________
Zonchar

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 04:33 PM   #5
hightest
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Bridgeton, NJ
Posts: 434
Liked 19 Times on 7 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by zonchar View Post
I dont' measure anything either. I do however keep a very detailed meadlog of everything i do. amount of this added...
I'm somewhat confused by the apparent contradiction here. How does one not measure anything, and yet keep a detailed log that includes the amounts added..." Are you saying you "guesstimate" the ingredient amounts added?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 07:14 PM   #6
Tusch
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Spring Valley, Ohio
Posts: 1,379
Liked 12 Times on 10 Posts


I am assuming both of them don't measure SG's, as they both have pretty specific measurements as far as ingredients.
__________________
Meads: Hababero and Sarrano Capiscumel, Show Mead possibly getting split and flavored, and 12 gallons of Bochet Deliciousness
Ciders:3 Ciders with differing additives TBD, Strawberry/Apple Cider
Wine: Black Cherry Vanilla Port

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 07:53 PM   #7
magickbottle
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Posts: 16

correct i dont measuer SG, my taste decides when it's done and my ABV is decided by the following measurements

1. Not high enough
2. High enough
3. HOLY S***

I do however measuer ingrediants approximately.

I've made alot of great batches of wine over the years that i cant remember the recipe to, but typically i dont want to make the same thing twice anyway. I usually go to the grocery store with no plan and pick stuff that's on sale. I do keep an ingrediants log (when i remember to), and if something turns out spectacular (like my peach wine) i will repeat.

The only thing I've made in great amounts are the peach wine and apfelwine. I have a year old batch of apfelwine i should be bottling this weekend

I will also be switching to mason jars for bottling the wine. Cleaning bottles is a real pain, i can throw mason jars in the dishwasher. I can also throw the flled bottles back in the case and stack the cases of jars.

so my process may be pretty lack luster to most, but everyone loves my "Gypsy Juice Brewery" porductions. I'm young (21) and have been brewing for a couple of years. I am a broke college student looking for an alternative to buying cheap 40's of steel reserve.

Ive turned over quit a few parties with my brews. good times, thats what it's all about, right?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 07:56 PM   #8
magickbottle
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Posts: 16

Oh and i will be adding photos after the bottling...errr i mean canning? I will be spicing a portion of the wine with cloves and ginger and will include that recipe. this is an experiement and we'l see how it goes.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 08:09 PM   #9
hightest
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Bridgeton, NJ
Posts: 434
Liked 19 Times on 7 Posts


So based on your clarification, when we read
Quote:
Originally Posted by zonchar View Post
I dont' measure anything either...
it really means, "I don't measure any SGs, and I only approximate ingredient measurements..."

Sorry to belabor the issue, but it's really difficult to glean that interpretation from the original text...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 08:17 PM   #10
hightest
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Bridgeton, NJ
Posts: 434
Liked 19 Times on 7 Posts


So based on your clarification, when we read
Quote:
Originally Posted by zonchar View Post
I dont' measure anything either...
it really means, "I don't measure any SGs, and I only approximate ingredient measurements..."

Sorry to belabor the issue, but it's really difficult to glean that interpretation from the original text...

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Elderberry Melomel Brewkowski Mead Forum 2 10-01-2009 01:20 AM
melomel project update beer_guy_dave Mead Forum 6 12-20-2008 08:29 AM
split melomel project beer_guy_dave Mead Forum 4 09-24-2008 02:42 AM
Melomel Q Cheesefood Mead Forum 8 05-24-2007 06:59 AM
Melomel chips7297 Mead Forum 1 07-19-2006 11:18 PM


Forum Jump