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Old 12-29-2008, 06:53 AM   #1
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So I'm thinking, mix up some honey and water in a carboy, tie some muslin over the top and see what happens. Do you think it could work? What OG should I make it, do you think?

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Well (he said, putting on his crotchety nitpicker hat), I wouldn't call it a lambic unless it was a braggot (lambic being a beer style). Spontaneously fermented is a perfectly good descriptor all on its own, with a long history of use in various fermented beverages that aren't lambic. Including tej, which is a spontaneously fermented mead flavoured with gesho (Rhamnus prinoides).

Yes, it can work. I think you'd want to start with a lower gravity (say, <1.070) to encourage yeast health, then add more honey later if you want a stronger mead. You might consider boiling some hops and a bit of honey in a small amount of water to take advantage of hops' antibacterial properties.

EDIT: That last suggestion stems both from the use of hops in lambics and the fact that gesho serves a similar antimicrobial purpose in tej. You could of course try making tej itself if you can source gesho, but I haven't looked into it so I have no idea what availability is like.

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Old 12-29-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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olllllo did that with a batch of brew and now has a sour base to mix with if he wants.

I would pm him, apparantly the temperature at which the must sits will affect the type of bugs in the air.
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get a pure culture of something, you'll likely be more pleased with the results. I mean if I'm going to sit on something for over a year, it better be drinkable.

also: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/fina...braggot-78728/

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