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Medsen Fey
08-05-2008, 06:23 PM
Okay, so Wildaho sort of issued the challenge in a thread in the Patron's section (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12521)
Did I miss any that haven't already been used?

Okay, what's next? Maybe Fermentation Haiku?

Hmmmm... ???
Well I say what the heck! We can do fermentation haiku. :tongue3:
(You can probably tell that all my fermenters are full and I am trying to find ways to wheedle away the days and minutes until bottling time.)

So I am unofficially opening the 1st annual unofficial GotMead fermentation haiku invitational - (try saying it 3 times fast). Maybe Wildaho will be gracious enough to serve as unofficial judge.

Here are my attempts to take a stab at it.


Oops
Full carboy swirling.
Golden liquid erupting
like Vesuvius.

Magic pot
A pot without fire
starts to boil. Magic bubbles
change honey to mead.


I'm sure that many of you are much more poetic than I am, so let's give Wade some good stuff to stew on. Enter as often as you like. No purchase required. ;D

Angus
08-06-2008, 10:00 AM
Flower's gold harvest
Fans the brow of Dog Day dreams,
The god's drink pours sweet.

Sorry, not fermentation related, but it is that time of year where a garden chair, a light breeze, the buzzing of insects, and a clear glass of Mead go so well together.

Medsen Fey
08-06-2008, 02:46 PM
Nicely done!

Don't worry, after consultation with the unofficial rule making body, your entry has been accepted. Fermentation Haiku will be interpreted in the broadest sense - so ingredients related to fermentation, the drinking of fermented beverages of any sort, the pleasures associated with fermented beverages, or the agony of the following mornings are all okay.

Unleash your creativity!

Wolfie
08-06-2008, 09:54 PM
lazy wind shows me
blueberries honey and spice
toast to summers end



up to my elbows
rinsing away summers lees
prepare for cysers

:cheers:

wayneb
08-06-2008, 10:36 PM
orange blossom gold,
black currant, blueberry jewels -
treasure in a glass.

Medsen Fey
11-07-2008, 03:30 PM
Once again, my storage containers are all full and I am waxing poetic. I ran across this jewel in my reading.

Without flowing wine
what good to me are lovely
cherry trees in bloom?

--Anonymous 17th-century haiku

Vino
11-07-2008, 07:26 PM
First haiku from a noob...

My first cyser yet to still
and even my doubters
stand ready with a glass

Vino

Medsen Fey
11-09-2008, 04:23 PM
I'm sorry vino, but the unofficial entry committee has rejected your submission. While we commend the poetic nature of your entry, it does not follow the traditional 17 syllable pattern of haiku (usually represented in English as three lines with 5 syllables, 7 syllables, then 5 syllables) as presented in the following example:

The haiku should be
seventeen syllables on
three separate lines.

We encourage you to resubmit entries meeting the criteria and in no way wish to discourage your poetic spirit.

--the unofficial entry committee

Oskaar
11-09-2008, 04:50 PM
Here I sit broken
hearted tried to mead but I
didn't get started :eek:

Medsen Fey
11-09-2008, 05:30 PM
:rolleyes: On second thought, vino, the unofficial entry committee has decided we definitely need more poets here - LOL!



Pete,
Seeing you post this way is disconcerting. It is a little like seeing Clark Kent jumping in front of a train instead of the guy with the big S on his jammies. ;D

Oskaar
11-09-2008, 06:14 PM
...Pete....
Seeing you post this way is disconcerting. It is a little like seeing Clark Kent jumping in front of a train instead of the guy with the big S on his jammies. ;D

Heh heh heh, I still have my Superman jammies somewhere in a hope chest! Damn, that goes back a way!

Cheers,

Pete

Vino
11-10-2008, 11:09 AM
:rolleyes: On second thought, vino, the unofficial entry committee has decided we definitely need more poets here - LOL!



Pete,
Seeing you post this way is disconcerting. It is a little like seeing Clark Kent jumping in front of a train instead of the guy with the big S on his jammies. ;D

Medsen, thanks for the LAUGH...definitely a great way to start my Monday.

As for the haiku, well I'll stick with what I know...as soon as I figure out what that is...in the meantime I'll keep making mead and beer.

Vino

wayneb
11-10-2008, 06:56 PM
Heh heh heh, I still have my Superman jammies somewhere in a hope chest! Damn, that goes back a way!

Cheers,

Pete

So, seriously (for a moment, anyway), is "Oskaar," le nom de guerre, passe??

Oskaar
11-10-2008, 07:42 PM
So, seriously (for a moment, anyway), is "Oskaar," le nom de guerre, passe??

Oui oui!

I'll answer to either. Kind of felt that we will have a new forum with a better sense of community and the tools to both support and promote that so I might as well transform with the site.

Like I say, "Take a chance . . . Custer did!"

Besides, I've already got stalkers so a couple more wil at least get me a group discount at "Kooks R Us!"

Cheers,

PB

Kee
11-10-2008, 07:47 PM
D 47 ("D forty-seven")
Breathe magic into my brew.
Turn must into mead.

Odinsson
11-11-2008, 12:32 AM
D 47 ("D forty-seven")
Breathe magic into my brew.
Turn must into mead.

I have been following this thread trying to come up with my own Haiku, but I dont think I can come up with anything better then this one.

Kee
11-12-2008, 02:07 PM
Thank you, Odinsson. I hope you'll post. It's only fun when other people participate.

I've been having fun with this thread. And my friends just don't get the difference between D47 and E1118 (or pick anything else we discuss here.) So, I've been thinking about another Haiku, kind of an ode to Oskaar.

One Third Sugar Break.
Nutrients. Cap Management.
XXX

Someone else will have to finish this one. I'm stuck.

Vino
11-12-2008, 04:09 PM
Thank you, Odinsson. I hope you'll post. It's only fun when other people participate.

I've been having fun with this thread. And my friends just don't get the difference between D47 and E1118 (or pick anything else we discuss here.) So, I've been thinking about another Haiku, kind of an ode to Oskaar.

One Third Sugar Break.
Nutrients. Cap Management.
XXX

Someone else will have to finish this one. I'm stuck.

As I have already stated, haiku is not my strong suit...but here is what first came to mind, maybe Medsen can make it work.

One Third Sugar Break.
Nutrients. Cap Management.
Take chance...Custer did!

Medsen Fey
11-12-2008, 05:41 PM
Well played Vino! Well played! :cheers:

I was thinking along these lines:

One Third Sugar Break.
Nutrients. Cap Management.
XXXTC (triple ecstasy)
:sex:


But I think I like yours better. A fitting tribute to the mazer formerly known as Oskaar!

Kee
12-31-2008, 11:19 PM
One Third Sugar Break.
Nutrients. Cap Management.
Pete in a Nutshell.

("Oskaar in a Nutshell" is just too long. :'( )

WRATHWILDE
01-01-2009, 01:38 AM
Acerglyn she drinks
Aphrodisiac I think
Fun times will ensue

Honey makes a Mead
Melomel needs fruit not grape
Pyment that would make

Cheers,
Wrathwilde

Kee
01-01-2009, 02:38 AM
LMAO. Love the first, Wrath!

sandman
01-01-2009, 12:39 PM
Three pounds of honey;
One pound of fresh blueberries;
Add water, pitch yeast.

Not very poetic, but it fits the 5-7-5 rule well enough. ;D

Fresh honey so sweet;
Pitch yeast begins the journey;
New meads for drinking.

Cysers are calling;
Fall apples are perfect now;
Cinnamon spicy.

Medsen Fey
01-01-2009, 01:07 PM
Well played sir!

Yeast like drifts of snow
settle 'neath the golden sun
of the winter mead.

:) As I sit in my shirt sleeves on the back patio, this is about as close to winter snows as I'm going to get. For all you folks shivering in the cold and snow, I wish you a warm and happy new year!

Medsen

sandman
01-01-2009, 01:41 PM
OK, two more... Two cups of coffee and the synapses are starting to fire.

Hive collects nectar;
It's transformed into honey;
Praise bees for our meads.

Honey's great purpose;
Create meads for our pleasure;
Just don't drink too much. ;D

Kee
01-01-2009, 02:17 PM
Sandman, if someone can't restrain themselves, you can change your last line to:

Black outs come too soon! :cheers:

Okay, seriously, I love the "Praise bees" line. Yeah Bees!

sandman
01-01-2009, 03:25 PM
Hehehehe... Never done haikus before. They're pretty fun.

thomasaaron
01-07-2009, 12:27 PM
Just read The Compleat Meadmaker and am overwhelmed by the sophistication and flowery language. How about this...

Just a simple guy
Pour the mead in dixie cups
Drink it with some friends

or...

You do all of that?
I've got a long way to go.
Gawd! This stuff tastes good!

epetkus
01-10-2009, 10:29 PM
Hmmmm...

Bees fly and bees land
on blossoms of flowers grand
at hive mead begins

Eric

Wolfie
01-20-2009, 03:31 PM
Nice Eric. It's poetic, it scans and it rhymes.

I've got to think of a winter mead haiku.
Maybe I'll have something tonight.

ndbrewlady
01-20-2009, 03:54 PM
ok, I had to try

snow is piled elbow high
best just brew some mead then
stay inside and drink

;)

Medsen Fey
01-20-2009, 04:03 PM
Maybe I'll have something tonight.

Just remember the immortal words of Horace:
"No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers. "

So do be sure and quaff something good to fuel the muse.

osluder
01-24-2009, 03:38 AM
First mead in carboy
Cold crashing making yeast sleep
Like winter soon ends

Medsen Fey
05-22-2009, 05:38 PM
Summer raindrops fall
to calm boiling airlocks and
soothe away fusels.


Yes, the fermenters are full again (though I might be able to clear some space over a thirsty long weekend). ;D

As we roll into summer (and the rainy season here), I want to wish everyone a great Memorial Day weekend.

Odinsson
05-22-2009, 08:32 PM
It is May, minus
10%, WAS going to
buy Mayhaw juice. :(

The sad face doesn't count as a syllable does it?

shunoshi
05-22-2009, 10:05 PM
Harvested rhubarb,
It's a very sour fruit,
Makes delicious mead.



...or so I hope. ;)

wildaho
05-23-2009, 01:52 AM
Empty fermenters.
So sad! Seven are stagnant.
Anyone hiring?

Oh, Honey! My friend!
Yeast, water, nutrients, air!
A fine thing happens.

I miss roiling must
My stash is almost extinct
time to ferment more...

Call it the "Mead Blues". A touch of existentialism but an opera all the same.

epetkus
05-23-2009, 09:52 PM
Batch five in carboy
more honey is needed soon
to fill fermenter

All carboys are full
'cept for two, one gallon jugs
time for J A O?

While my pool has overflowed, we welcome the rain here in the sunshine state!

Let the beach party begin!!

Many, many thanks to the vets here and gone...A very thankfull memorial day to all!

Eric

afdoty
05-24-2009, 02:04 PM
Oh ye of “Little Head Space”
And what have we learnt….
THAT
The Eye is larger than the Stomach

wildaho
05-24-2009, 06:04 PM
Oh ye of “Little Head Space”
And what have we learnt….
THAT
The Eye is larger than the Stomach

Not quite Haiku. Traditional Haiku (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku) (Wiki link) uses only 17 syllables and in the West, typically consists of three lines with 5 syllables, 7 syllables and another 5 syllables. It's amazing how much imagery you can cram into such little space!

Maybe it's time to start a poetry thread to expand on our evergrowing collection of fermentation literary fine art!

And yes, I'm including puns in the "Fine Art". We have some Masters here!

ken_schramm
05-24-2009, 09:46 PM
Single cell Wonders
Transform Golden Must into
Flowers in my Glass

OrganicSu
05-25-2009, 07:14 AM
Sun high in the sky
Bees smell pollen in the wind
Life IS Chilled Mead

afdoty
05-25-2009, 07:18 AM
Head space some to tease
The placid surface to stir
To foam and no more

:cool:

wildaho
05-25-2009, 08:47 AM
Primary headspace,
not a concern when active.
Secondary matters.

Aerate! You (your) must!
To one third sugar break, no more.
Nutrients involved.

Carbon Dioxide
covers your must at first, yes.
Racking brings caution.

When fermentation
is done, worry about air
but not until then.

Oxidation, hmmmm?
Mead is not beer, don't worry!
Unless you splash late.

Age is wonderful.
Flavors come forward and back.
Time and skill will tell.

From the tri-tranes of wildaho. I'm not Nostradamus but I can predict your mead!

OrganicSu
05-26-2009, 03:42 AM
Sun sparkles through it,
the mead droplets in the glass,
for the angels' share


And one from my wife (She is from Japan; where Basho also is from; He is Mr. Haiku):

かき混ぜて  (kakimazete / stir)
眺めるあぶく  (nagameru abuku / you see suds)
ハニーワイン (honi wainu / it's mead)

wildoates
05-26-2009, 12:55 PM
My cousin says: mead?
Inferior type of wine,
right? I let him live.

huntfishtrap
05-26-2009, 02:25 PM
My cousin says: mead?
Inferior type of wine,
right? I let him live.

Made me chuckle.

Paul

Medsen Fey
05-26-2009, 02:35 PM
My cousin says: mead?
Inferior type of wine,
right? I let him live.


Great poetry comes from the heart! :icon_thumright:

afdoty
05-26-2009, 07:15 PM
My cousin says: mead?
Inferior type of wine,
right? I let him live.

Would get my vote for #1 !!!

Medsen Fey
07-01-2009, 06:10 PM
It seems our competition has some, uh, competition. I ran across this site where a fellow is making his Red Wine Review in Haiku (http://redwinehaiku.blogspot.com/). I have to admit that limiting wine critics to 17 syllables has a certain appeal - forcing a little discipline on some of those gas bags. I particularly liked his take on these.


381) Domaine Vigouroux Gouleyant Cahors Malbec 2006 (France)
Rubber burns the road
But you can't smell anything
Horseshit on tires

106)Pellegrini Vineyards North Fork Merlot 1999 (Long Island, NY)
Barbecued handbag
Carpet cleaner marinade
Finishes like Scope

wildoates
07-01-2009, 07:27 PM
I'm thinking he didn't much like those two wines.

:)

wildaho
07-02-2009, 04:30 AM
It seems our competition has some, uh, competition. I ran across this site where a fellow is making his Red Wine Review in Haiku (http://redwinehaiku.blogspot.com/). I have to admit that limiting wine critics to 17 syllables has a certain appeal - forcing a little discipline on some of those gas bags. I particularly liked his take on these.

Medsen,

Is Google built into your genetics?

I love this guy, he nails every one of the wines I've tried, and his other descriptors make me want to try them, bad as they may be. "Horse shit on tires"... Can it really be any more specific? Do we really need more than 17 syllables to really express the moment?

There is a moment,
Do I like it? Yes or No.
How did I get here?

Medsen Fey
07-02-2009, 09:27 AM
Medsen,

Is Google built into your genetics?



Naw, it came installed with my Borg implants!


With Romulan ale
your resistance is futile.
Live long and prosper!
http://secondwivescafe.com/smilies/vulcan.gif (http://secondwivescafe.com/smileycode.php?type=misc#)


(yep, I went to see Star Trek a second time)

epetkus
07-02-2009, 09:27 PM
Naw, it came installed with my Borg implants!


With Romulan ale
your resistance is futile.
Live long and prosper!
http://secondwivescafe.com/smilies/vulcan.gif (http://secondwivescafe.com/smileycode.php?type=misc#)


(yep, I went to see Star Trek a second time)

Kirk is/was the man
Wait, steer this back to the mead
honey infused bliss!

Eric

wildaho
07-03-2009, 03:24 AM
Naw, it came installed with my Borg implants!

With Romulan ale
your resistance is futile.
Live long and prosper!
http://secondwivescafe.com/smilies/vulcan.gif (http://secondwivescafe.com/smileycode.php?type=misc#)
(yep, I went to see Star Trek a second time)

Romulan pyment.
Are they advanced enough yet?
Alien mead? Hmmmmm......

Medsen Fey
07-07-2009, 10:25 AM
Sunlight glistens and
sparkles in my mead glass like
Captain Picard's scalp.

hmmm... somehow I'm losing the poetry here...
Let's try a different tack shall we.



Clearing
Tropic breezes push
lazy clouds past the palms like
lees slowly settling.


That's better.

Medsen Fey
11-05-2009, 01:58 PM
I ran across these beauties in the MLD archives (http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1589&Itemid=487) while looking for something else.

Posted by Alson Kemp in 2001 -

Here, I wrote this haiku:

Orange Blossum Mead
A Heinous liquid sorrow
Were did we go wrong?

Or, I think my favorite haiku:

Orange born Mead child
We gave all but got no love.
Why so long to wait?


Just goes to show there is nothing new under the sun, and that the Mead Lovers Digest on the main GotMead site is an enormous compendium of information. Just about every subject we discuss has been hit there at some point over the last umpteen years. It remains a treasure trove if you take the time to search it as well as the Forums.

wildoates
11-05-2009, 02:02 PM
We have to sleep sometime, Medsen. :)

Prolific_Praxis
11-06-2009, 01:20 AM
A dream awakened
Something that has not been done
Mead made with moon dust

Smarrikåka
11-06-2009, 01:37 AM
Finally a mead
Worthy of your honeymoon
Prolific Praxis?

Cargirl
11-06-2009, 08:29 AM
"...1st annual unofficial GotMead fermentation haiku..."


Raise your own mother!
Grow fungi just for the fun!
Enjoy zymurgy!

Cargirl
11-06-2009, 08:58 AM
If I had permission to use the phrase I could make it...


Raise your own mother!
Feel the need--the need for MEAD!
Enjoy zymurgy!

afdoty
11-06-2009, 03:39 PM
Bubbling foam to floor
Head space no
Barrel full to bung

Medsen Fey
01-11-2010, 11:58 AM
Ice crystals glisten
while mead grows quiet and clear.
Frozen Florida.


Heeeeeeelp! It's freezing down here. Brrrrr... :icon_shaking:
Bring back global warming!

slowbie
01-11-2010, 12:39 PM
Somehow I can't find it in me to feel any sympathy for you. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I haven't seen the ground in two months because of all the snow on top of it. :mad: <-(directed at the snow)

The obligatory haiku to stay on topic:

Waiting for July
too much snow in Michigan
Wishing mead was done

saur0n
01-11-2010, 04:51 PM
feeding my pyment
at the two thirds sugar break
The ceiling's purple.

Bear with me. My native tongue is Dutch... ;D

Ik voed mijn pyment (ik vood main pyment)
bij de tweede sugar break. (bay the twadeh sugar break)
De keuken is paars. (The kayken is parse)

The non-haiku translation would read:

I feed my pyment
at the second sugar break.
The kitchen is purple.

Medsen Fey
04-10-2010, 08:03 AM
I ran across an interesting site called Beer Haiku Daily (http://www.beerhaikudaily.com/). How neat is that? A site devoted to fermentation haiku; wonders never cease. :)

Medsen Fey
04-10-2010, 03:46 PM
I sent Captain Hops this one - since it isn't specific to beer I don't know if he will use it.

Mead Morning
Gongs chime in my ear.
The pounding, pulsing, painful
morning after mead.

Angelic Alchemist
04-10-2010, 09:46 PM
I sent Captain Hops this one - since it isn't specific to beer I don't know if he will use it.

Mead Morning
Gongs chime in my ear.
The pounding, pulsing, painful
morning after mead.

Upon red sunrise
Asian blood lacks aldehyde
Dehydrogenase

Medsen Fey
05-25-2010, 06:09 PM
I sent Captain Hops this one - since it isn't specific to beer I don't know if he will use it.


Hey, he used it (http://www.beerhaikudaily.com/2010/04/11/morning-mead/)! :)

d.j.patterson
08-12-2010, 09:24 AM
Medsen is on a Haiku kick in his brewlog, so I thought I would try my hand at one.

My Ole Mole
has others quite afraid
that makes me smile

Chevette Girl
08-13-2010, 01:16 AM
Medsen is on a Haiku kick in his brewlog, so I thought I would try my hand at one.
glad I'm not the only one!! Didn't want to post it in his brewlog though...

Honey, chocolate.
What could possibly go wrong?
Best to never ask.

d.j.patterson
08-18-2010, 05:00 PM
Waiting for cooler weather so........

empty primary
I've got the itch to make mead
come on cool weather