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The Mad Hatter
04-18-2008, 08:15 PM
Well, I have been lurking a bit now and have always wanted to make both beer and mead. I now have a gallon of JOA going. I hope it turns out good. I have never had mead before, so I am unsure as to what it will be like. I followed the recipe and started it thismorning. I need to get an airlock tomorrow, so I am suing a balloon until then. After about the third day, I will add a bit more water to the must to fill it up a bit more. Then I will wait the two months. My question is after the two months can you bottle it up rite then and age it, or do you still let it sit in the oranges and age that way?

Thanks TMH

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The Mad Hatter
04-18-2008, 08:21 PM
Here is sort of a label that I have thought about making for beer sized bottles. I put the pic in Word and used the address label format. How large should the be for beer bottles?

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04-18-2008, 08:25 PM

Nice label. You can bottle it and then let it age a bit in the bottles, or just drink it. Or age it in a second gallon jug. The best might be to bottle it, and sample it once a month and see how it changes as it ages.

The Mad Hatter
04-18-2008, 10:46 PM
Cool. Thank you for the advice

04-24-2008, 04:05 PM
If you wanted to give some commercial mead a try until your JAO is ready, you might do a forum search on the subject. There's a few good ones out there, but unless one of them is near you, you'll probably have to get it over the internet, or drive a long ways (3 hours or more for me to the Rabbit's Foot Meadery).

The Mad Hatter
04-25-2008, 05:24 AM
I got some coopers Drought in the primary now, and it should not be to long before that is ready. I have a bit of Apple Tonic a buddy of mine gave me as well. May have that for breakfast though :icon_thumleft: :drunken_smilie: