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

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

Post by WalesAles » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:28 am

Hello Boys and Girls,
First go at Mead is this, all Feedback welcome please.
Bob, Adam, Squiffy, I am coming to take your Crown! :D

Tues 1/8/17
1.4Kg Runny Honey
1.6Kg Fresh blended Strawberries
2 tsp Nutrient
1/2 pack GV4 Yeast
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 Mug Tea 4 bags
SG 1080
To 5Lts

Sun 6/8/17
Add 1tsp Nutri and 454gr Runny Honey

Thurs 17/8/17
Transfer to DJ
FG 1000

Tastes BLM! :D

How long do I leave it before tasting again?
Does the recipe sound any good?
Are you all quaking in your boots now that there is a new kid on the block?

WA

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

Post by Mr Squiffy » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:27 am

Squiffy's not quaking, you haven't used the magic ingredient, [-X Out of date bread yeast. :lol:

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

Post by bobsbeer » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:34 am

Be careful it doesn't ferment too far. My first attempt fermented right out and I had to back sweeten. My next batch with out of date bread yeast started in february and is still fermenting. Although it did start very high to ensure it was still sweet at the end.

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

Post by adman1966 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:02 am

Welcome to the world of Mead WA, I'm expecting great things from you, or at least unusual. :wink:

You are now at the hardest part, letting time it do its' thing without too much input from you.

Can't wait for HBF2018 for battle to commence! :shock:
I was very, very drunk!

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

Post by WalesAles » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:49 pm

adman,
The battle has commenced! [-o<
As soon as you typed the first letter replying to my Post, you were drawn in, had to reply, the Battle Lines are drawn! :D
Good fun to be had by all.

WA

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

Post by Dennis King » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:26 pm

You are now at the hardest part, letting time it do its' thing without too much input from you.
That may be the problem.

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

Post by WalesAles » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:31 pm

Dennis King wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:26 pm
You are now at the hardest part, letting time it do its' thing without too much input from you.
That may be the problem.
No problem Den, this will be ignored like the Post in the Tap Room, `Please Ignore` :D
However, I had a look just now (I ignored it, just a look) and it is still as cloudy as clouds can be cloudy! :D
If this ever clears I will be pleasantly surprised.

WA


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

Post by WalesAles » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:50 pm

I ignored this again a little bit, had a taste, very nice too! :D
Very strong alcohol hit, still very cloudy.
Filled a 250ml bottle for my brother (Alan) home from Portugal today.
His Twin Andrew (my other Brother) is getting Married on Saturday :D
My other Brother Peter and my Sister Susan will all be there, so should be a nice Quiet day out! :D =D>

WA

Quiet My Arse!!!!!!!! :D

No, they don`t belong to the Clergy! I know what you are thinking.

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

Post by WalesAles » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:45 am

Ha! :D
Great party, all tired and emoshanul, hic, pissed the lot of them, not me though,
I am only slightly inebrebriated, yes, slightly, (pissed really), how can I type so
eloquently then you might ask, this has taken me about 2Hrs to TyPe £3 liness of blah blah.......................................

WA

Never drinking again.

They all loved the Mead at 6 weeks old! :D
Are you quaking in your boots yet, no out of date yeast used.
I bet you are running scared saying `OMFG WalesAles is making Mead, Let`s all run to the mountains and hide,
No, Don`t go there, he has a nice girl up there and she will tell him where EWE are! :D

Put the back legs of your favourite ewe in your wellies on the edge of a clifftop ( Southerndown)
and you will have the time of your life! :D
Someone told me. Honest :D

WA

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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

Post by adman1966 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:43 am

Sounds like you had a great time and I'm not talking about the wellies!

You are now discovering the main danger of Mead... It tastes so good that it can be difficult to stop drinking it. :shock:

We've all been there. :D
I was very, very drunk!

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

Post by WalesAles » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:45 pm

Bottled this today.
BLM! :D
Really BLM! =D>

WA

Are you all quaking yet? =D>
Game On!

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

Post by WalesAles » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:41 pm

Hello Everyone,
Sorry I could not get this Mead to the Fest.
Just opened a 250ml bottle for a `Taste Test`.
Very clear, no Strawberry smell or taste, big alcohol hit even at 10.9%.
Tastes BLM! :D
The bottom of the bottle had a `jelly - like` gloop, this held together when turning the bottle,
when pouring, the gloop started to snake its` way to the glass. I poured 75% of the bottle before
any gloop went in the glass. What is the `Gloop`? Is it drinkable? (keeping it just in case).
Shook the remains in the bottle and it has all gone back in suspension.

Cheers,

WA

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

Post by Laripu » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:40 pm

WalesAles wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:41 pm
The bottom of the bottle had a `jelly - like` gloop, this held together when turning the bottle,
when pouring, the gloop started to snake its` way to the glass. I poured 75% of the bottle before
any gloop went in the glass. What is the `Gloop`? Is it drinkable? (keeping it just in case).
Shook the remains in the bottle and it has all gone back in suspension.
Guesses:
1. Did you fine with gelatin? Maybe too much? Or did all of it get in the same bottle? I'd be curious to know whether other bottles also have gloop. (Love the word, BTW.)
2. Sometimes fruit is sprayed with a microscopically thin layer of edible wax to keep it fresher. I hate that. Maybe your strawberries were sprayed?
3. Weird bacterial infection that didn't taste icky?
Secondary 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 03, 2018 10:56 am

I had a go at some apple mead cyser back at the beginning of April. I haven’t drank any yet (teaching myself some patience, trying to let it mature a bit), but I’ve had a look in at the bottles a couple of times and I’ve not noticed any “gloop” or anything like that. Just a small bit of sediment and a lot of the cinnamon and nutmeg that I threw in. I was planning on keeping it for Christmas, but if you reckon it’s pretty tasty after just 6 weeks ... maybe I’ll crack one open a bit sooner!

Mine worked out to be 14.1%. Haven’t tasted it at all yet


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

Post by Laripu » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:32 pm

MuckyFunster wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:56 am
Mine worked out to be 14.1%. Haven’t tasted it at all yet
The stronger the mead, the longer it takes to mellow out.

At that strength, I'd leave it to bulk age for a year and bottle age for 6 months at the very least.

At 8%, three months in bulk and 1 month in the bottle is ok.

As they say YMMV.
Secondary 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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