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Valhalla Mead
05-23-2012, 05:20 PM
Hey guys,

So I bottled a batch yesterday of a plum spiced variety. It's very tasty and looks beautiful. It's 3 1/2 months old so yes it needs some time to age and mull the flavors but there is a telltale sign of a medicinal aftertaste. Normal? Insights?

I can provide more detail if necessary.


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tweak'e
05-23-2012, 05:47 PM
i've got a damson plum that tastes like cough medicine! give it a year or two and see what its like.

Valhalla Mead
05-23-2012, 05:50 PM
So perhaps its just the mixture of the herbs I used and the plum that's giving this cough syrup taste to it?

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fatbloke
05-23-2012, 10:56 PM
Ken mentions in his book, about when young meads can taste a little like listerine, and I think he was alluding to an "alcohol hot" flavour.

Yet some combinations can also taste rather like cough medicine, cherry being one that comes to mind, though there's others that can seem like that too.

Or the other one that comes to mind is the presence of fusels - the obvious one being when D47 yeast was used and it was fermented too warm i.e. its got a narrow temperature range and is known to produce fusels if fermented above 70F.

The only thing I known of, that you can do, is age it. Hence I'd age it for 6 months in bulk, then taste it, if the flavour is still present, bottle it in varying sized bottles, and every couple of months, taste a small one.

If its alcohol hot it should age out, if its fusels, it might age/mellow, but its possible it might never age/mellow so all you can do is to see.........

Demolitron
05-24-2012, 01:07 AM
If it doesn't make you shudder when you drink it I would say that given some time it will come around. Perhaps it will never be a gold medal winner, but you'd probably open a bottle from time to time.

I recently made an orange zest traditional mead that I described on my blog as...

"The taste of this batch has turned ugly. It is slightly sweet and there is a lot of honey essence. With these qualities it is a nice mead, but there is this BRUTAL bitterness to it. I don't think it is the orange zest, I was careful not to add the pith. Whatever the cause of this flavor, I would only drink a glass if you paid me to. Perhaps a bit of acid would help to balance the sweetness. But the bitter flavor is the killer. I'll add some acid here in the next few weeks and bottle it in a few months. I don't have much hope but who knows."

This was using 71B, hot fermentation, and bad nutrient plan. (I was trying on some advice from my brew-store's resident mead "expert")

Regardless, give it some time and let us all know what happens.

Chevette Girl
05-24-2012, 01:35 PM
Yeah, you never know what aging can do, I do have one that was so tannic and bitter I'd reflexively spit it out every time I'd try a sip, but it's getting better with age. Going on six years in the carboy, but though it's not yet pleasant, it's drinkable. So maybe six more years and it will taste as good as it smells!

Hey Valhalla, what herbs did you use in this?

Echostatic
05-24-2012, 02:46 PM
I have a raspberry mead that was medicinal at first, but a year of aging fixed it.

Valhalla Mead
05-24-2012, 11:25 PM
Hey Valhalla, what herbs did you use in this?

When I get home ill look in my brewing book to see the exact mix.



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Medsen Fey
05-25-2012, 05:51 PM
Valhalla,
If you give us the full recipe details we may be able to give more insight.

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Valhalla Mead
05-28-2012, 03:40 PM
18lbs dark wildflower
7 plums
1 lemon whole
A special mix of:
Hibiscus
Rosehips
Roasted chicory
Orange peel
Raspberries
cinnamon


OG: 1.120
FG: 1.008
ABV: 14%


I just added 2 tbs of tannin and its been sitting for a bit. It taste so much better and the medicinal aftertaste is gone.

It was my first time using plum so I think I was just over worrying.....something I do with every batch lol.

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chiguire
05-28-2012, 06:41 PM
Hey Valhalla.

What temperature was your mead fermented at? I may have overlooked something but I did not see it mentioned.

Valhalla Mead
05-29-2012, 02:34 PM
I was using lalvin 1118 @ a constant 72 degrees.

Perhaps it was just some fusels?

chiguire
05-29-2012, 03:48 PM
I was using lalvin 1118 @ a constant 72 degrees.

Perhaps it was just some fusels?

It could have been. 72 degrees is a bit high. I fermented one batch in the 70s range and ended up with band-aid mead. It is nearly 2 years old now and although much of the medicinal/band-aid flavor has aged out, it is still slightly there. I no longer brew mead unless I am committed to keep the temps under 70 and better yet, near 65. Right now I put my fermentor in a large yard bucket filled with water and throw in a frozen water bottle a few times a day.

It is a beautiful mead though! I like the tint that the plums added!

Valhalla Mead
05-29-2012, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the reply. After looking at the diagrams I think I found the correct temperature ranges. I think I've also found a way to correctly hold the right temperatures that I need. The water evaporation method is a great way to keep something cool I appreciate the tip!

Yeah I'm very pleased with the color and aroma. I think with some more time it'll taste even better.

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hepcat
06-04-2012, 06:49 PM
Medicinal flavor, I know what you mean.
Made this Traditional two gallon batch February 7, 2012 (my third batch of mead) :

6 lbs Clover Honey (Walmart brand)
Spring Water to two gallons
5 grams Lalvin EC-1118 dry yeast (rehydrated in ~1/4 cup Spring Water @ 104*F for ~15-20 minutes)
2 t yeast nutrient (DAP)
1 t yeast energizer

OG: ~1.1060
FG: ~1.000
I racked it 10 days later on 2-17-12. (It tasted like Listerene mouthwash, not good)
Added bentonite 3-18-12. And it tasted alot better.
Racked and stabilized 4-5-12.
Bottled 4-7-12 (eight 750ml bottles).

So it's about 4 months old and has been in the bottle 58 days.
Well, I decided to open a bottle of it tonight and it is so good I can't believe it!!! But, mine too, still has just a feint hint of that medicinal aftertaste, on the first sip or two. But I can't believe how much this has mellowed. I hope any trace of the medicinal taste will be gone in six months so def plan to sit on the remaining 7 bottles until the end of the year.

So I'll bet yours will taste much better after more aging. Cheers.8)

Almost forgot to mention the swamp cooler works great. Been using it on my last five batches. Def recommend it.

TAKeyser
06-04-2012, 06:59 PM
Medicinal flavor, I know what you mean.
Made this Traditional two gallon batch February 7, 2012 (my third batch of mead) :

6 lbs Clover Honey (Walmart brand)
Spring Water to two gallons
5 grams Lalvin EC-1118 dry yeast (rehydrated in ~1/4 cup Spring Water @ 104*F for ~15-20 minutes)
2 t yeast nutrient (DAP)
1 t yeast energizer

OG: ~1.1060
FG: ~1.000


Are you sure about that OG? 3 lbs of Honey per gallon usually equates to somewhere around 1.110.

hepcat
06-04-2012, 07:10 PM
I could def be off since I had not yet used the hydrometer much. Which is why I include ~.:)

Chevette Girl
06-04-2012, 11:09 PM
Could have been undissolved honey or miscalibrated scale...