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ComradeThePirate89
07-07-2012, 07:22 PM
My recipe:

15lbs Wildflower honey
6 Gal distilled water
2 PACKETS OF LALVIN 71B-1122 “NARBONNE" Dry Yeast
Lalvin Yeast energizer and nutrient (pre-measured out for the recipe from Northern Brewer)

I mixed up 6 gallons total Must, with a OG of 1.095
I realized now, a few days after the vigorous ferm has almost completely stopped, that i added an extra gal of water and didnt adjust the honey ratio. i took a reading (.997 Gravity) and taste tested a sample. it tastes pretty dry (granted it has to age still), and has a slight tongue burn.
I'm planning on adding 3lbs more honey to compensate and make it sweet again hopefully, but all i have is Orange Blossom honey left.

How do you all think the Wildflower and Orange Blossom honey flavors will blend in the final product? im also wondering if i should add the honey and try to restart fermentation, or just add it to the secondary and add some potassium sorbate to stabilize it. Do you think there would be a taste difference either way in the end either?

Oh, and its only a week and a half into the Primary Ferm stage too.

Thanks all! this is only my second batch of mead! :p

Bob1016
07-07-2012, 10:18 PM
Do you like wildflower mixed with orange honey? I would try a mix in about the right ratio on a spoon and see. Personally, I'm not a fan of orange blossom honey (and I grew up and live in Florida!) it's like someone ruined good palm honey by sticking an orange in the jar; but if you like it, like it with the wildflower, do it.
I have no mead experience, I will be brewing my first batch in a few weeks and am going to be using 12lbs palm honey and a few (<3lbs) more wildflower to add some spice to it. I love the mix on a spoon, so it will probably make a good mead. I'll also be using wildflower for back sweetening half the batch.

ComradeThePirate89
07-07-2012, 10:31 PM
hmmm Palm honey, that sounds interesting! I thought about creating a sample spoon earlier but i'm all out of wildflower honey now after this last batch :p This one was going to be a sweet mead made with all wildflower honey previously haha. i suppose the honey you use to back-sweeten would stand out alittle more than if it was all mixed up in the must and the yeast pitched tho.. idk. Orange Blossom is the honey i have access to right now for a few weeks. I'm hoping the wildflower and orange wont clash in a bad way

fatbloke
07-08-2012, 06:19 AM
Both are relatively mild tasting. So I doubt whether either will stand out against the other.....

Bob1016
07-09-2012, 01:57 PM
I've been talking to a lot of local honey producers here in Florida and two of them said the exact same thing "we sell orange blossom to the tourist and keep the real treat for ourselves: palm honey". The wild flower might take away from the overpowering orange flavor (if you guys don't think it's there, then no worries) and in my tasting tests I've found that mixing a little wildflower to single varietal honies really adds a lot of depth and complexity.
Homebrew is what you like.