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PamW
05-04-2011, 09:53 PM
Has anyone entered any of their Joe's in any shows? What was the results/feedback? Which category did you enter it under? What did you call it?

I'm on my 4th batch of Joe's at the moment (a 10 gallon batch with Cara Cara oranges and golden raisins), and was thinking about entering some in next year's Mazer Cup. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Loadnabox
05-05-2011, 08:23 AM
There's some discussion of this in the JAOM thread.

In general it's a good mead that is ready fast, but it's not going to be award winning. There's not much in the way of changes that could make it award winning either.

It wasn't designed to win awards, it was designed to be easy for first timers that is drinkable fast and fairly good (but not great)

Medsen Fey
05-05-2011, 08:37 AM
It might surprise you.
JAO has been entered in competitions and does earn medals. The recipe is a good one. If you use it with some particularly good flavored honey, and give it appropriate aging, you may get the right balance to win awards.

Loadnabox
05-05-2011, 08:40 AM
It might surprise you.
JAO has been entered in competitions and does earn medals. The recipe is a good one. If you use it with some particularly good flavored honey, and give it appropriate aging, you may get the right balance to win awards.

I stand corrected then. I was going off of what I had read in the JAOM thread... guess I should keep reading more before thinking I know it all *blush*

mmclean
05-05-2011, 09:08 AM
See post #17 of my JAO brewlog (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16539).

PamW
05-05-2011, 05:39 PM
mmaclean, thanks for the input on what your Joe's did. Excellent notes and thank you for sharing the judging notes. Very much appreciated.

Thank you Medsen and Loadnabox for the input. I was asking because a few people in my LHBC were telling me I ought to enter mine in some local competitions. The stuff I've made so far has garnered me lots of hugs and party re-invites. I've already got a case of 375 ml bottles spoken for out of the 10 gallon batch I'm currently fermenting. While it should be done about the end of May or early June, I won't let it out of my hands until its been in the bottle for 3 months.

As for what to call it... I was thinking of calling it Joe's Orange Spice. I don't want to give the impression that the mead itself is old when its the recipe that is. Any thoughts?

AToE
05-05-2011, 05:45 PM
I don't think Judges get to see the name of the mead, usually just a style description and any notes you include with it. I'd call it what it is, JAO. Nobody in mead circles will be confused if they haven't been living under a rock! ;)

PamW
05-05-2011, 06:59 PM
Thank you Alan for the information. My LHBC has several people that dabble in mead making, but none had heard of this site before I mentioned it to them. Needless to say, none of them had heard of JAO either, which is partly what prompted my question.

Thanks to all for your input. I'd like to help prove that JAO is indeed a world class recipe.

AToE
05-05-2011, 07:28 PM
Ha, I do sometimes forget that people other than gotmead members make mead too! Either way, the name is the name since it's someone else's recipe they get to name it.

That recipe is surprisingly famous even off this website, but often not published under it's real name.

THawk
05-07-2011, 03:44 AM
Thanks to all for your input. I'd like to help prove that JAO is indeed a world class recipe.

Well, I'm from the other side of the world and I like it... Just tasted my first JAO and I found it delicious. Tasted a bit hot/spicy, but I'm not sure if it's the 2 cloves I threw in... or from the warm ferment...

Given the hot weather this past week it's not harsh at all... Mine was a standard JAO (99% to the letter)... only difference was that I used Orange Blossom instead of Clover (though the recipe does say you can use whatever you want)... That made it a tad bit sweeter I think...

Allen Brown
05-08-2011, 04:20 PM
In 2009 I made a batch of JOAM and I added some strawberries & blackberries to it, and last year I enetered it into the Indy International Wine Competition.

I got a double gold medal, and a trophy for "Ameteur Honey Wine Blend Of The Year".

There were two categories of mead, Straight Mead, and Blend Mead.

Don't let anybody tell you it can't be done. ;)