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Sciknen
08-17-2011, 10:26 PM
Hey hows it going..

New guy here..

I'm a part of a couple other forums in another hobby of mine, reef tanks. I have to say I love a couple of the threads about the rules and whose running house.

I laughed a little. Not going to lie.

Back to me, my favorite subject, I have never brewed anything and don't own anything to brew. I've bought beer brew kits for people as gifts, but never for myself.

Why do I want to brew mead? Beowolf, the movie. I loved it. Bash me if you will but I enjoyed it. And their hall was called Mead Hall. So . After a little research I relized that I could do this. I purchased a book, read it. Put it down for a little bit while I dealt with life. But I have the time now to actually do this.

I read the noob guide on the main page, fantastic. Thanks to whoever wrote that.

I will be posting up my plans in another forum probably for my recipe and stuff, I'm sure I will need some help.

thanks for having me
Steve

AToE
08-17-2011, 10:32 PM
Welcome! I'm not going to bash anything that brings people to mead. :)

Sciknen
08-17-2011, 10:42 PM
O yea.. Never have had mead either. First thing I must do is figure out what I like as far as dry, semi sweet, and sweet.

I have a feeling I'm going to like the semi-sweet/sweet side of mead. But that will be my job tomorrow, to find mead.

AToE
08-17-2011, 10:51 PM
One thing to do to is buy white wines and start comparing and measuring. Mead (the "traditional" kind with just honey water yeast, nutrients, no fruit or spices... not really traditional but that's what we call it!) is closest in character to white wine than any other alcohol. It has a lot less acidity though, so if you find out you like a semi-sweet wine with an SG of 1.010 but no sweeter, then be careful because that same SG will taste a lot sweeter in a traditional. Now, if you're adding fruit and or spices, you can get away with more sweetness because there's more balance.

Chevette Girl
08-17-2011, 10:52 PM
Well, if you think you'll like sweet, try a Joe's Ancient Orange batch, very few of us regret having done so! (except maybe AToE who doesn't like sweet meads at all :D)

Sciknen
08-17-2011, 11:01 PM
That is definitely going to be my 1st batch of mead. Its spelled out for me and seems very easy, i'm sure i can find a way to screw it up though.

AToE
08-17-2011, 11:08 PM
Well, if you think you'll like sweet, try a Joe's Ancient Orange batch, very few of us regret having done so! (except maybe AToE who doesn't like sweet meads at all :D)

I do plan on making it one day, I swear! It seems ridiculous for me to be a member here and to have never even tasted the stuff, gotta be by far the most famous mead recipe in the English speaking world!

I have had a couple non-dry meads I liked, I just thought they'd be better if they were drier, and also could only drink them in small quantities!

Chevette Girl
08-17-2011, 11:11 PM
That is definitely going to be my 1st batch of mead. Its spelled out for me and seems very easy, i'm sure i can find a way to screw it up though.

Bah, follow the recipe and you'll be fine. Even my brother in-law was successful when he tried it, and he can barely boil an egg successfully.

AToE
08-17-2011, 11:19 PM
I think the weird thing about JAO, from reading so many people post about it, is that accidental mistakes seem to actually not do much damage to it, it might not turn out perfect, but it certainly won't be bad. It's only the well-meaning intentional changes that seem to actually go sideways on people...

Chevette Girl
08-17-2011, 11:23 PM
I think the weird thing about JAO, from reading so many people post about it, is that accidental mistakes seem to actually not do much damage to it, it might not turn out perfect, but it certainly won't be bad. It's only the well-meaning intentional changes that seem to actually go sideways on people...

Yep. So far, my rules for JAO experimentation are "don't change the yeast" and "don't change the proportion of honey". Other than that I'm totally guilty of voiding the warranty, but I also know better than to complain when the lemon JAO I made where I reduced the honey was too bitter, or the multi-citrus one never cleared, or the vanilla one took years to be tasty... But that's a different thread (do a search for "JAO variant" and you'll probably find it, check it out while you're dreaming up your next batch).

Happy meading! And welcome to the addiction- er, I mean, hobby!

Sciknen
08-17-2011, 11:32 PM
I think the weird thing about JAO, from reading so many people post about it, is that accidental mistakes seem to actually not do much damage to it, it might not turn out perfect, but it certainly won't be bad. It's only the well-meaning intentional changes that seem to actually go sideways on people...

good to know.. I'm actually prettty pumped about doing this.

JSquared
08-17-2011, 11:39 PM
Welcome. The journey is just as much fun as the results. I love the art of it. Enjoy the adventure!

AToE
08-17-2011, 11:41 PM
good to know.. I'm actually prettty pumped about doing this.

It's a lot of fun, I went into making mead wanting to just make a gallon to try out (I'd had mead, but with fruit or spices, wanted to see what just mead itself tasted like), ended up stumbling across this website and now it's a couple years and many, many, many batches later.

It's cheap too, when comparing price per bottle to other wines/winelike types of booze you can buy. It's also expensive if looked at per batch... but I don't like to look at it that way!

wildoates
08-18-2011, 12:26 AM
My first mead was JAO, made 3 gallons of it. It ended up being too sweet for me, so after many moons I REALLY voided the warranty by racking it into a bucket, pitching wine yeast, and letting it sit on a cup or so of Hershey's cocoa for a few weeks. It was hugely popular when given out at Christmas. :)

Welcome to GotMead, our happy mead home!

Loadnabox
08-19-2011, 11:58 AM
My first mead was JAO, made 3 gallons of it. It ended up being too sweet for me, so after many moons I REALLY voided the warranty by racking it into a bucket, pitching wine yeast, and letting it sit on a cup or so of Hershey's cocoa for a few weeks. It was hugely popular when given out at Christmas. :)

Welcome to GotMead, our happy mead home!

powder or syrup?

wildoates
08-20-2011, 01:57 PM
Powder. Pure ground cocoa. Mmmmm!

Chevette Girl
08-20-2011, 02:47 PM
Darn it. <adds "chocolate JAO" to To Do list>

wildoates
08-20-2011, 03:04 PM
Tee hee!

I live but to torture. :)

dover157
08-20-2011, 11:42 PM
My first mead was JAO, made 3 gallons of it. It ended up being too sweet for me, so after many moons I REALLY voided the warranty by racking it into a bucket, pitching wine yeast, and letting it sit on a cup or so of Hershey's cocoa for a few weeks. It was hugely popular when given out at Christmas. :)

Welcome to GotMead, our happy mead home!



Hmm..... The coco may ballance the cinnamon nicely.... gonna have to try this one I think. JAO is not one of my favs because of the cinnamon I usally leave it out. To me when made by the recipe the taste is similar to drinking a screwdriver while chewing a peice of big red, not bad but not one of my first choices.... cant keep it in the bottle if I have anyone over though... guess the problem is me :eek:

Chevette Girl
08-21-2011, 03:36 AM
Tee hee!

I live but to torture. :)

To be expected, really.... you ARE a teacher, after all... I think the only worse torturers might be physiotherapists ;D

wildoates
08-21-2011, 04:20 PM
True, but since they get to put their hands on you, I think they're worse. :)

The cocoa-modified JAO tasted like orange and chocolate, with only the smallest hint of cinnamon. I don't like clove so I didn't use any.

Sciknen
08-22-2011, 05:30 PM
Yea compared to beer it seems easier for me. And I don't really like good quality beer. i drink miller lite. So.

Can't wait.

Chevette Girl
08-22-2011, 09:33 PM
i drink miller lite. So.


:) I hear you. Blue has always been my standby. Or Coors Light. Exploring other options in the "Beer, Honey?" section...