My First try at Mead.......

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Re: My First try at Mead.......

Post by MuckyFunster » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:57 pm

A year?! Ooft. I bottled mine after 3 weeks! It was hogging my demojohn. Lol.

I’m going to try some bramble mead next month. We grow hunners ae brambles round my way and August is the best time to pick ‘em. I’ll maybe give that one a bit longer in the DJ then.

Planning a gallon...

1.3 kg honey
1.3,kg brambles
Zest of an orange
Juice of a lemon




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Re: My First try at Mead.......

Post by Jambo » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:26 pm

Hi Mucky,

Never tried it myself but Acton and Duncan's mead book advises against blackberry and elderberry meads due to their tannin content. They advocate pretty much everything else though!

If you're stuck for something to do with brambles I'd suggest creme de mure or a bramble wine.


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Re: My First try at Mead.......

Post by WalesAles » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:12 pm

MuckyFunster wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:57 pm
A year?! Ooft. I bottled mine after 3 weeks! It was hogging my demojohn. Lol.
MF,
Have you only got one DJ? #-o
Get some 5Lt Plastic water bottles, loose lid, no airlock, blanket over the top, job done! =D>

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Re: My First try at Mead.......

Post by Laripu » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:21 pm

WalesAles wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:12 pm
MuckyFunster wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:57 pm
A year?! Ooft. I bottled mine after 3 weeks! It was hogging my demojohn. Lol.
MF,
Have you only got one DJ? #-o
Get some 5Lt Plastic water bottles, loose lid, no airlock, blanket over the top, job done! =D>
Don't listen to him. Plastic is evil.
Use proper glass and airlocks.
Over time it all pays for itself.

WalesAles - be a good boy. [-X :D
Primary FV: "Cats & Myces", strong blond, 1.061, 33 BU
Secondary FV: "Old 11-ish", ginger braggot, ~11%
Drinking:
1. "Paradise" dry mead. Florida orange blossom honey 1.074, 9.8%
2. "Mooshti", Turbo cider small batch, with crystal malt. 6.5%
3. "Don't Bring Me Down", 6%, spruce beer
4. "Khamsa": ancient ale. Honey, dates, 5 grains, 7%, 32 BU
5. "Comin' Thro' the Rye" 1.069, 6.9%, 34 BU
6. Grocery store canned pineapple melomel, small batch, ~8%

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Re: My First try at Mead.......

Post by WalesAles » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:51 pm

OK. I am a good boy, sometimes.
MF,
Go to the local boot sale and pick up some GLASS DJ`s for about 50p each. Clean and sterilise with gusto!
(Who the hell is Gusto), before you all come in with same thing! :D

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Re: My First try at Mead.......

Post by Laripu » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:36 pm

WalesAles wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:51 pm
OK. I am a good boy, sometimes.
MF,
Go to the local boot sale and pick up some GLASS DJ`s for about 50p each. Clean and sterilise with gusto!
=D> =D> =D>

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Primary FV: "Cats & Myces", strong blond, 1.061, 33 BU
Secondary FV: "Old 11-ish", ginger braggot, ~11%
Drinking:
1. "Paradise" dry mead. Florida orange blossom honey 1.074, 9.8%
2. "Mooshti", Turbo cider small batch, with crystal malt. 6.5%
3. "Don't Bring Me Down", 6%, spruce beer
4. "Khamsa": ancient ale. Honey, dates, 5 grains, 7%, 32 BU
5. "Comin' Thro' the Rye" 1.069, 6.9%, 34 BU
6. Grocery store canned pineapple melomel, small batch, ~8%

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Re: My First try at Mead.......

Post by Jim » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:25 am

I still have 2 plastic fermenters from 1975 - beat that! :lol:
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Re: My First try at Mead.......

Post by Laripu » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:22 pm

Jim wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:25 am
I still have 2 plastic fermenters from 1975 - beat that! :lol:
I can't beat it all by myself. But with a little help ...

I started brewing in late 1990, because I finally had a flat that was big enough, and that coincided with a new job as a software engineer. I gave my manager some homebrew, and he responded by giving me a 25 litre carboy and an 11.3 litre carboy, both glass. They had been used by his father, who had homebrewed for many years, but had died over a decade prior, and they remained unused.

The big one has a manufacturing date on the bottom: 1965. The small one had no date, but looks like the same style of manufacture. It's probably safe to say they were used in the 60s.

I still use both, and the 25 litre one is my main primary for 23L batches. You can see it in the recent Facebook time lapse post.
Primary FV: "Cats & Myces", strong blond, 1.061, 33 BU
Secondary FV: "Old 11-ish", ginger braggot, ~11%
Drinking:
1. "Paradise" dry mead. Florida orange blossom honey 1.074, 9.8%
2. "Mooshti", Turbo cider small batch, with crystal malt. 6.5%
3. "Don't Bring Me Down", 6%, spruce beer
4. "Khamsa": ancient ale. Honey, dates, 5 grains, 7%, 32 BU
5. "Comin' Thro' the Rye" 1.069, 6.9%, 34 BU
6. Grocery store canned pineapple melomel, small batch, ~8%

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Re: My First try at Mead.......

Post by MuckyFunster » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:46 am

Lol, I have two glass DJs. One a 4.5l Muntons and the other a 5l Wilko special.

I’m just impatient and wanted the mead out so that I could start planning something else!

Incidentally, they’re both empty at the Mo!


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