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Loyalist Dave 
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Loyalist Dave
06-26-18 07:07 PM - Post#1691486    


Hey folks,

I got a line on some bulk wildflower honey for sale, so I'm going to pick up 5 lbs. for $11.00 and turn it into four gallons of mead.

5 lbs. wildflower honey
4 gallons water
1 ounce yeast nutrient
5 campden tablets
8 ounces of dry, dry mead yeast

Should produce 18 bottles of mead at about 5% ABV. After fourteen days of fementing I shall rack it off into the bottles, and let them sit until the Christmas season.

IF I like the quality of the honey, I'll share the source with the forum. I hate mentioning a source for something like food or drink without sampling the product first, know what I mean?

LD

 
Colorado Clyde 
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06-26-18 07:34 PM - Post#1691487    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

5 campden tablets?... You don't need any for mead....unless you're using it to de-clorinate your water.......

Your OG should be about 1.053
If you let it ferment dry using a champagne yeast it will finish with an ABV of about 6.8% alcohol.

That's pretty mild for a mead in my opinion...I like my meads from 12% on up.

8 ounces of yeast? are you using liquid?

Consider carbonating some bottles.....Sparkling mead is very nice.


 
Dragonsfire 
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06-26-18 09:12 PM - Post#1691499    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

I would add more sweetness, a little low in alcohol, more like a good beer like that. I never used campden tablets. You might want to check a few recipes, I recall adding some lemon/oranges I believe.

Edited by Dragonsfire on 06-26-18 09:13 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Black Hand 
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06-26-18 11:04 PM - Post#1691517    

    In response to Dragonsfire

I'm a fan of sweet Mead...

 
Colorado Clyde 
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06-27-18 12:10 AM - Post#1691524    

    In response to Black Hand

Metheglin.....Especially nice around Christmas time.


 
Loyalist Dave 
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06-27-18 07:38 AM - Post#1691535    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

Yeah it will probably be a liquid yeast..., and the basic recipe that I found for "testing" a new source of honey recommended the campden tablets..., probably was using chlorinated water. I will skip to using spring water, and forego the campden.

On the other hand, concerning yeast, I have made a small batch in the past, with different honey in with a common, top fermenting, ale yeast. I called it Viking Mead, since those boys probably started drinking it when it was done, no aging, and a wild, top fermenting yeast would've been what "worked" their mead. It was a little harsh, on the back of the throat, just a little burn, but the fellows drinking it didn't seem to mind (they drank all the bottles; I didn't get a chance to age it). It was about 6% if my hydrometer readings were good.

LD



 
tenngun 
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06-27-18 11:14 AM - Post#1691570    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

I used to travel a lot for my work. Listened to books on tape a lot. Got Beowulf on tape one time. Had to pull it out. I enjoy reading epic poetry, but hearing it read was very powerful. It wasn’t far in to the story the road became fuzzy. I was in a mead hall banging on an oaken table at my favorite parts. Bring on the mead

 
fleener 
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06-27-18 04:31 PM - Post#1691626    

    In response to tenngun

The bulk price is low be careful if it is not USA honey. Places especially like China have tainted and not pure honey

Fleener

 
Loyalist Dave 
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06-28-18 06:19 AM - Post#1691698    

    In response to fleener

That's a good point. I will double check the labels as the source didn't mention the origin.

LD

 
Redstick Lee 
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06-30-18 05:20 PM - Post#1692045    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

all together in your "thumper" yet?

this thread has me wanting to run off a batch of honey & raisin jack........been a long time
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Loyalist Dave 
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07-01-18 10:48 AM - Post#1692118    

    In response to Redstick Lee

Naw, I have to wait for the honey get here...,

..., then as suggested, I have to make sure it aint Commie Honey.



LD

 
fleener 
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07-01-18 03:23 PM - Post#1692144    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

I dont know if you have made mead before or not. I have made one batch several years ago. The mead was not that good.. Several years latter, I have opened some of the bottles, and it has aged into a very good drink.

I have 3 or 4 gallons of honey from last year yet that I have been thinking about making some.

This is the first year in quite a few, that I am not keeping bees.

Fleener

 
nhmoose 
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07-01-18 09:06 PM - Post#1692175    

    In response to fleener

Age makes the best mead. The last we opened was 3 years old and was smooth and tasty.

Waiting on 2 6 gallon jugs that are nor 2 year and 1 year. Next year is for some good drinking.

This year is for the Raspberry cordial/liqour at 75 proof.

 
Loyalist Dave 
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07-02-18 06:37 AM - Post#1692206    

    In response to nhmoose

  • Quote:
Waiting on 2 6 gallon jugs that are nor 2 year and 1 year. Next year is for some good drinking.

This year is for the Raspberry cordial/liqour at 75 proof.



Ya know, it's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.

LD

 
nhmoose 
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07-02-18 03:35 PM - Post#1692263    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

2 More days till the 4th where our raspberry/lime Ricky's will be treating the family day at my nephews house expecting 40-50 to be there.

Have a great 4th of July everyone!

 
Loyalist Dave 
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07-12-18 10:29 AM - Post#1693423    

    In response to fleener

Ok so I bought two samples...,

One is a mixture of honey and corn syrup, without vanilla, and that is a USA product..., which I got just to see what it was all about, and maybe to add to a beer recipe to produce a Honey Ale...,

BUT the cool thing is that the wildflower honey for the mead is out of Lancaster PA..., and with shipping was like $2.80 per pound.

LD

 
Art Peltier 
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07-12-18 02:25 PM - Post#1693464    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

Dave, little info for you. I was able to find a new vendor for the American Frontiersman Magazine and picked up the new issue. There is a three page article on making sweet mead recipe that I just started reading. If you get a chance check it out, looks interesting. Hope this helps Art

 
zimmerstutzen 
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07-12-18 04:25 PM - Post#1693477    

    In response to Art Peltier

Was at a nearby close out chain store (Ollie's) and in the myriad of books for sale was a recipe book of about 60 color pages on how to make mead. I am not a big drinker anyway, so this thread was what made it catch my eye. (although I stopped and splurged on a couple cases of Molson for Saturday when we have a bushel of steamed Maryland blue crabs being delivered.)

 
Loyalist Dave 
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07-13-18 06:13 AM - Post#1693511    

    In response to Art Peltier

Thanks for the heads up on the article.

LD

 
Loyalist Dave 
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07-13-18 06:14 AM - Post#1693512    

    In response to zimmerstutzen

Hey if you grabbed the book, can you post the title for me? Which Ollie's, Dundalk, Columbia, or Baltimore?

LD

 
Art Peltier 
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07-13-18 11:13 AM - Post#1693532    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

Dave I got mine at a Super Stop and Shop market, large chain in RI area and New England. Not sure if there out of NE. The article is under the home brewing section, entitled making sweet mead. Written by Mike Bondra, Tim Stetzer, photos.

Edited by Art Peltier on 07-13-18 11:17 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
zimmerstutzen 
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07-13-18 02:59 PM - Post#1693560    

    In response to Loyalist Dave

Dave, I live six miles from the Ollies in East York. That is where I saw it.

 
nhmoose 
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07-14-18 04:10 PM - Post#1693658    

    In response to zimmerstutzen

LD check your PM's

 
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