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Looking for advice on how best to use 5 gallons of Mead
  • woodmanwoodman
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    I plan on drinking it of course, so no suprises there. I would like to try a few different finishing techniques on my 5 gallon batch of mead. It was made in December, so no major rush to get to drinking it now. I was thinking about maybe adding fruit to a galloon or so, maybe make a sparkling mead out of some, maybe put some on oak..
    Im basically looking to get feedback on things you guys might have tried that really turned out nice or that you would like to try. Recipes, examples and advice are all appreciated.
    This was made with a very nice, amber colored ragweed honey that came from my good friends backyard hives in Washington state. He takes very good care of his bees and the honey they produce. Barely filtered, no pasturization or anything funky. Totally hippie style organic..lol(I can say that as I am from California)hehe
    I look forward to hearing what you all think.

    Cheers
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
    Posts: 44,679
    make a strong black tea (unsweetened) and add it into a gallon or so. that's pretty good. also, hitting some with lemon can be fun.
  • ThymThym
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    I like the fruit idea, maybe some blackberries
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  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    I think all of your ideas are pretty good ones! Split it up and try different things! Not sure how the oaked one would turn out, but I bet you track down some interesting fruits/berries to try as the weather is warming.
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  • scoobscoob
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    Good to have you posting finally!

    I like the fruit idea, maybe try a toasted oak spiral in some.

    On the tea angle, how about brewing something like blackberry sage tea for it?
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  • ThymThym
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    i like the idea of splitting it up into like 10 .5gal experiments and try a bunch of different stuff. that would make an awesome writeup!
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  • scoobscoob
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    Lakewood said:

    i like the idea of splitting it up into like 10 .5gal experiments and try a bunch of different stuff. that would make an awesome writeup!


    I was thinking exactly this as I typed earlier, a couple teas, some berries, some herbs, some oak or other charred wood, combinations of the above....
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  • ceanntceannt
    Posts: 47,487
    Hmmm.... any manzanita near you?
    always wanted to use the berries in mead ...

    Certain flowers might be fun to try also ... daylillies ... redbud blossoms ...
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    bacon.
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    ceannt said:



    Certain flowers might be fun to try also ... daylillies ... redbud blossoms ...



    neither one of those have much scent though. use something with big smell like honeysuckle, elderberry or heather.

    also, toss in some hop tea into one of them. slightly hopped mead, why not?
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    slightly hopped mead, why not?



    because no.
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  • woodmanwoodman
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    You guys have some good ideas! I had already thought about doing some type of fruit mead, but I'm really digging that tea idea! The wife has some awesome tea's from teavana and I could already imagine how some of them would taste in the mead. Green tea, Java Matte would be pretty interesting, golden monkey.. Great stuff! I'm thinking I will split that batch into at least 5 one gallon batches and experiment from there. I'm pretty sure I'm going to use at least one gallon to make a nice sparkling mead for poolside when the temps around here get ridiculous. If any of the experiments turn out great I will do some bottles for long term storage. Thanks for the great ideas & keep them coming.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    for sparkling mead, backsweeten just a touch. if you sparkle it bone dry, the bubbles push a strong rocky, minerally smell into your nose....not pleasant. just a tiny bit of sweetness. say 3 tablespoons of stevia to a one gallon batch.
  • scoobscoob
    Posts: 16,617

    for sparkling mead, backsweeten just a touch. if you sparkle it bone dry, the bubbles push a strong rocky, minerally smell into your nose....not pleasant. just a tiny bit of sweetness. say 3 tablespoons of stevia to a one gallon batch.



    Fry knows his mead, I never question him on this stuff, in fact he know his shit on a load of stuff. :D
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  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    load and shit, same sentence. perfect.
  • scoobscoob
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    load and shit, same sentence. perfect.



    I WAS talking about you wasn't I? :-))
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  • woodmanwoodman
    Posts: 10

    for sparkling mead, backsweeten just a touch. if you sparkle it bone dry, the bubbles push a strong rocky, minerally smell into your nose....not pleasant. just a tiny bit of sweetness. say 3 tablespoons of stevia to a one gallon batch.




    This is EXACTLY the kind of info I was hoping to get! Thanks very much for the helpful hint, I will definitely put it to use.
  • woodmanwoodman
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    azscoob said:

    load and shit, same sentence. perfect.



    I WAS talking about you wasn't I? :-))


    Great dialogue, I love it. You can feel the love in the air!
  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 76,832
    I've had samples of two different meads from fry. Really. Epic. Stuff.
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