Got the Mead Started

Discussion in 'Beer & Ale' started by kathrynn, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Kat

    I never poured any mead earlier than 2 months.  You can do it and if you are extremly fortunate, it won't make you want to kill yourself............but.  Mead can be a miserable, unforgiving beverage.  It has to age and mellow.  The longer you let it age, the better it gets.  Right now I have 5 galons of grapefruit mead sitting beside me.  Linda keeps suggesting that I should turf it, but it has only been sitting there for 26 months.  It is truly disgusting, but it will be 10 more months before it goes down the sink--just in case it mellows.

    Gary
     
  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Since its Mead, what about the winter Solstice? Or if your from the SEC the National Championship game? </wink>

    Drink tankards of mead and dance nekkid in the yard howlin at the moon!!
     
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  3. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Foam

    You are a sick puppy LOL

    Gary
     
  4. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nah....Foam isn't a sick Puppy.....if he is....he is in good company here!  LOL
    Lynn would have a cow it I let it sit that long.

    Kat
     
  5. I understand 1 yr it is normal for mead. It will become a clear and mellow wine.
     
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  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Next batch, use Vodka in the air lock....  kills any bacteria that enters it, and won't mess up the fermenting liquid, if it is sucked back in the jug....  

    Just something I read....   No experience using it.....   Dave
     
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  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sorry, but I disagree. I have been making my own wine for 40 years and have never had contamination from the airlock. Sounds like a waste of good vodka to me. Just make sure you fill the airlock with a metabisulphite solution.

    Disco
     
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  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    All these big words, now you guys are starting to scare me....
     
  9. LOL. (Disinfectant)
     
  10. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks Good Kat. I'm watching this one..
     
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks interesting. My oldest, Casey, was in the Brew Club at the CIA. They had Mead working the whole 4 years she was there. She is busy as an Assistant Manager for Red Robin but is slowly accumulating stuff for a home batch.  I find the use of a whole orange curious. Citrus Pith makes any liquid bitter after 2 days, Sangria, Lemmonade Orangeade and such. Maybe that taste is part of the mix here but I would think just Zest and Pulp Supremes would be all that would be used for flavor. Any ideas from you Vets?...JJ

    Update: Ok, I went and read the original recipe and comments. Joe feels the Pith is no issue in this recipe...But the respondents that made it say leave it out or wait 6 months to mellow the bitterness. Guess we will all know in a few months...[​IMG]  
     
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  12. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Chef JJ

    I think the honey will cancel out the bitterness.

    Gary
     
  13. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Kat



    I've made mead that I could drink in a month.  I've also made mead that I couldn't drink for 3 years.  I've got 5 gals of mead sitting 1 foot to my left right now that has been sitting there for 26 months and is still disgusting and will sit there for another 12 months. Then it will either be drinkable or it will go down the sink.  There simply are no hard and fast rules



    Gary
     
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  14. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Disco

    I've never used a metabisufite solution in my air lock.  I've been brewing for about 15 years and have never had a problem.  I just use straight tap water. Mind you, it certanly can't hurt!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Gary
     
  15. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mine is just some of the bottled spring water...and she is still just perking away on the counter and I love watching it work too!

    Kat
     
  16. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have used water in a pinch and it is ok if you change it regularly. I have a friend who did that in a batch of port that ferments for months and he didn't ruin his wine but did have bacterial island form in the airlock which were hard to wash out.

    So, you can get away with it but you may also mess up your airlock.

    Disco
     
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As Garry Hibbert says, you are likely fine but I would change the water once every week or so.

    Disco
     
  18. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    thank you Disco!  I will....and we haven't hit week one yet...I did mark the day on the calendar in the kitchen so I could keep count.

    Kat
     
  19. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have been thinking about this for a couple a days



    We can post from youtube can't we?
     
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  20. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Foam....you are so funny!  Yup it's still "perking away".

    Was looking this morning...and the honey "layer" that was at the bottom must be "dissolving"....it was over an inch think on the first day....and now is way much less than that.  The color is amazing.  I am really enjoying watching this process.

    Will keep yall posted as things perk along.

    Kat
     

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