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DaleP
09-19-2010, 04:48 PM
I'm elated! Finally placed something at Schooner, a Peach Blossom Mead!

Medsen Fey
09-19-2010, 06:13 PM
Congratulations!
I'm not familiar with Schooner - please tell us more.

DaleP
09-19-2010, 06:20 PM
One of the major midwest homebrew comps. By all counts, we will have 580 entries this year...another Schooner record!!
Entries are now being sorted, labeled and handled with TLC.
One of the greatest rewards of being involved in competitions is being able to read the names you've all given your beers.
There were 25+ meads entered in all catagories. I'm quite pleased.

Medsen Fey
09-19-2010, 06:29 PM
That sounds fantastic. Was this peach blossom honey? if so, where can you find that (I'd love to try it)?

Did you use your honey on the bottom technique (BDC DYF)?

DaleP
09-20-2010, 05:10 AM
Yes it was peach blossom honey, got it from Durbin Farms in Alabama, they will ship. And yes I used the BDC DYF technique.

Medsen Fey
09-20-2010, 09:14 AM
Is that Durbin Farms HERE (http://raconmarketing.com/DurbinFarms/index.htm)? I didn't see any honey listed on their site.

Can you describe the Peach Blossom honey (I've never tasted it)?
I'd love to hear more recipe details (and I'm probably not the only one).

DaleP
09-20-2010, 09:43 AM
That is the place. I've always called and asked for it, have never seen it on the website. It comes in quart jars, and if I remember correctly, was 6-8 bucks a jar.
Made a three gallon batch last time. Poured three quarts of honey into the carboy. Filled each jar half full with water and shook, poured into carboy till all honey was gone (the extent of my aeration). Added Fermaid per instructions. 2 packets of D-47 rehydrated. Took less than a week for the honey layer to disappear, racked a week later, let sit till clear, racked again, bottled in a month.
The honey was a medium dark amber and it and the finished mead had a slight taste of stone fruit. If I told you it was peach, you tasted peach, but if I told you it was plum....
This same recipe also placed at the Domras cup when only bottled for a couple months. Finally laying down enough mead to allow some to age, and am liking what age does to a mead.

jkane
09-20-2010, 02:54 PM
Congrats!

Wish I could have judged. They were begging for extra judges with all of those entries! But ... that is a big motorcycle rally weekend in Northern Wisconsin. Too many hobbies I guess. ;) I did drink a lot over the 4 day weekend. Does that count? ;D

DaleP
09-20-2010, 06:55 PM
Drinking a lot certainly counts!