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M118AA11
12-20-2014, 09:59 PM
So really not sure what I am doing, but I did it. Wife bought me a wine kit

15lbs wild flower honey(because I was desperate)
5 oranges
4 sticks of Cinnamon
2 packets Lalvin...and numbers
5 teaspoons Nutrient
5 gallons spring water

I mixed the honey and Cinnamon with a gallon of water and threw some heat to it. Mixed it with he rest of the water and oranges. Yeast and Nutrient and put it in a closet. Its been a day and half and I got bubbles through the airlocker

I also have a funny looking thing I thought was a anal thermometer, well its not I tested it

yes I sanitized everything, might sanitize the meter thing again though

Question...will this blow up?

M118AA11
12-20-2014, 10:43 PM
Also after reading some other posts, I am leaving for two weeks for work. I thought letting it sit for two weeks was good. Now I am not so sure, ideas?

Also it was a hydrometer not a thermometer

GntlKnigt1
12-21-2014, 11:22 AM
You should be okay.,.guessing you used K1 yeast. Might be ready to rack when you return

M118AA11
12-21-2014, 12:02 PM
Lalvin 71b-1122. I had to dig through the trash.......not really i wrote everything down. I actually did some research and pulled this recipe from here and one other sight. I just never read anyone complaining about over flow or little explosions until after signed up here.

Very easy to make/Very technical to master

Squatchy
12-21-2014, 12:41 PM
Will you do any nutrient feding before you go? You should feed it some and aerate it. Unless you very little head space you should't have problems with overflow after the first aggresive serge.L

mannye
12-21-2014, 01:07 PM
Just make sure you lock the closet you leave it in or it will roam the earth solving crimes like William Shatner's toupee. Also be prepared to find it almost finished. Your anal thermometer contraption will let you know when it reads 1.000 or less. Considering the yeast you are using, it should go dry. In which case it will taste like anus as well. Once you are done fermenting, you should rack it into a clean glass jug (or if you only have one, transfer to a glass holding vessel and back), add water to reduce headspace (you want as close to the narrow neck as possible) and put the cleaned and sanitized airlock back on. Forget about it for three months.

There are other things you can do to top up, but since this is your first mead, you won't have more mead to top up with and a little water isn't going to make a huge difference. This mead you made will not taste good until January 2016. By then however, you will have read about and made a proper JAOM, then a BOMM and you will most likely be using this batch to top those up!

M118AA11
12-21-2014, 01:54 PM
Well that sucks!
I have some energizer I was going to use once I knew what I would use it for.

Any way is there anyway to sweeten it up and what was my big mistake?

Also my dog has that closet on lock down, he hears the bubbles in the air locker and it blows his mind

mannye
12-21-2014, 02:17 PM
You haven't made any mistakes! Just that dry mead with wine yeast never ( hardly ever) tastes good right away. Bonus is after a year or two it's awesome.

All you did "wrong" was make a mead that takes a long time to taste good. It's more advanced I guess you could say.

You want your first mead to be a "quick" mead like JAOM or BOMM. That way you get to drink faster!

Good news however is that you can read the newbie guide, Joe's Ancient Orange Mead recipe and the BOMM protocol. You now have a perfect excuse to MAKE MORE MEAD.


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M118AA11
12-21-2014, 02:42 PM
So I guess my current plan will be, Rack this in my glass Carboy when I get home next, plan for it to sit in it for a few months. Start another batch using JOAM, or BOMM recipe from here...........

I am going to need to buy another Glass Carboy!

Also maybe throw in a few teaspoons of energizer before I head out??

Also This
I own three
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M118AA11
12-21-2014, 03:29 PM
I am reading conflicting things about stirring/tossing the must. I have a big ass spoon or a drill powered "degasser", if I put that energizer in before I leave spoon or Drill?

I am hoping for the drill it sounds fun

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mannye
12-21-2014, 03:31 PM
Exactly. I suggest JAOM. Nothing fancy pants needed. Just common stuff all found at your local grocery store. Tastes pretty good too. Ready in 90 to 100 days and keeps getting better the longer you can wait ( I never can. I've heard this is true). Then once you are ready to get some specialized equipment, you can make BOMM. It's easy as pie, but you need specialized yeast and nutrients n stuff. The payoff for the extra expense is mead that's ready in as little as 30 days. Although 40 to 50 is more like it, the flavor is nice in just 30.


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M118AA11
12-21-2014, 03:40 PM
What is this BOMM you speak of

Yeah I just said that

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mannye
12-21-2014, 04:39 PM
bomm is a mead made with a specific yeast. Specifically Wyeast 1388

M118AA11
12-21-2014, 04:41 PM
Yeah I finally got it translated a little bit, it seems high maintenance?

My job kind of ruins that for me, I work 2 weeks on 1 week off, so if I have to monitor it a lot makes it hard.

I will keep reading

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mannye
12-22-2014, 12:16 AM
Not at all. The BOMM needs about one week of attention. The first week. After that, you can let it do its thing.


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M118AA11
12-22-2014, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the tips and ideas
This morning before I left I added some nutrient, brought in the drill and went to town.
Put the lid back on and closed the door, then bolted it, then put a chair in front of it. Then put the dog on watch, don't want to be responsible for the apocalypse.

Yes I sanitized everything, except the drill, thought about it but you know water and electricity.

Be back in two, to rack it and make BOMM

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M118AA11
12-22-2014, 05:01 PM
Also if you feel like tossing me a reccomended BOMM recipe in the coming weeks that would be super duper, sweet if possible to justify this to my wife, and get her drunk

Nudge nudge, wink wink

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mannye
12-23-2014, 12:46 AM
SAY NO MORE.....

A traditional BOMM recipe which was painstakingly developed over months of trail and error by GotMeader loveofrose and given name in about two seconds with no effort by yours truly (yet we both get the same feeling of accomplishment..which is why he's a scientist and I'm in marketing...is readily available if you just SEARCH BOMM... wait... you seem like a marketing professional to me.... OK I understand.... here is the link

I'm using this link because I'm drunk and lazy right now... Google BOMM and you will understand.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f30/brays-one-month-mead-429241/

M118AA11
12-23-2014, 12:50 AM
Marketing? No no sir, sorry if I gave that impression. I am more smash smash oops sorry

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mannye
12-23-2014, 11:46 AM
Marketing? No no sir, sorry if I gave that impression. I am more smash smash oops sorry

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Ohhhhhhhhhh! A dentist. Gotcha.


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brentG
12-23-2014, 11:59 AM
An "actor"?

M118AA11
12-23-2014, 03:53 PM
Ooooooooooooooo I like this game

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Medsen Fey
12-25-2014, 07:58 PM
Marketing? No no sir, sorry if I gave that impression. I am more smash smash oops sorry

Ahh... So you're the guy from the moving company we used. I wondered where you've been hiding. I still owe you one... >:(

M118AA11
12-26-2014, 12:41 AM
Holy poop I am in the Beehive state

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brentG
12-26-2014, 05:43 PM
I'd have guessed USPS, but they don't apologize.

mannye
12-26-2014, 10:25 PM
Holy poop I am in the Beehive state

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Utah? What the heck are you doing in Utah?

Medsen Fey
12-26-2014, 10:29 PM
Utah? What the heck are you doing in Utah?

He's been hiding from me. ;D

EJM3
12-29-2014, 03:31 PM
Good place to hide. Spent ~3 weeks there, and we decided that next time we pick ONE area and give it a week to a month as there are sooooooooooo many places that are hard to find and easy to get lost in.

M118AA11
12-29-2014, 03:42 PM
The stores here have so much honey

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EJM3
12-29-2014, 04:23 PM
And cheap too! 14.99 for 5lbs, shoulda bought more...

M118AA11
12-29-2014, 04:24 PM
I paid 60$ for 15lbs in nevada

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mannye
12-29-2014, 05:43 PM
I'm drinking beer like someone that has a problem. But to be fair, it's raining in the smoky mountains.

1545


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EJM3
12-29-2014, 05:47 PM
I just called my honey bucket connection (no it is NOT blue!), no answer left a message. I'm thinking about $150 or $175 this year. Lots of problems due to the fires this year...

M118AA11
12-30-2014, 06:21 PM
So alfalfa and clover honey? Thoughts

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EJM3
12-31-2014, 03:41 AM
I bought the Yacks Alfalfa & Clover honey myself and made a Traditional from it. Here is the brewlog: Essence of Utah 2014 (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php/23804-Essence-of-Utah-2014?highlight=Essence+Utah+2014)

M118AA11
12-31-2014, 03:43 AM
But was it tasty

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EJM3
12-31-2014, 04:38 AM
So far it is just finishing up fermenting and degassing as I prefer the lazy method and let them degass themselves with shakes from me to help a bit now and then. I have been sampling them a bit and they are so far rather tasty surprisingly. They have a VERY mellow flavor, the aroma is lost for right now, a bit of yeastiness. But considering that they are sitting at .990 they are surprisingly not "cat's bum" inducing for me. I have some high hopes for them to be something light, dry and a bit tart. The alcohol flavors are not very pronounced so it seems to have done a nice clean ferment. I am not going to the high ABV% here either as I wanted something light and refreshingly crisp that would have the ABV to age a bit without me avoiding flames for fear of explosive potential.

I also only had five pounds of it left after the trip was done (flapjacks and honey are outta this world the way I make `em). Probably went through about 7 or 8 pounds of honey on a five week trip.

The flavor is so light and the aroma a bit grassy with light hints of farmland that I wanted to try and capture that essence, hence the name...

M118AA11
01-02-2015, 01:19 AM
That's the one I bought is was the local one here.

Also I take it all the cool kids play in the supporter area mostly

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Medsen Fey
01-02-2015, 11:27 AM
Also I take it all the cool kids play in the supporter area mostly


The Patron's area has some of the best recipes and most meticulous meadlogs you will ever see. Oskaar's recipes alone are worth the cost, and there are countless medal and mazer-cup winners that you can explore. Also, there are some in-depth threads that cover a lot of mead topics. Frankly, Patron's membership is the single best investment one can make to really move your mead crafting to the next level. It is also a great way to support GotMead and insure that we all have access to this wonderful community.

However, virtually everything one could want to learn can be found on the forums in the open area with a bit of searching.

M118AA11
01-02-2015, 02:18 PM
Sold

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joemirando
01-02-2015, 11:25 PM
Also I take it all the cool kids play in the supporter area mostly

We play EVERYWHERE! ;)

M118AA11
01-06-2015, 10:57 AM
Yeah so I had ordered a fancy stir plate and another carboy, and the I grenaded a tire and wheel. And dog surgery. Weeee

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M118AA11
01-07-2015, 02:26 PM
I racked it in the Craboy, so maybe next month after a brief financial recovery I can buy crap again

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M118AA11
02-17-2015, 09:26 PM
I just bottled it. I have 28 bottles of hold my basement floor down until next year.

Of course tried it before bottle, yeahhhhh well that was unpleasant

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Medsen Fey
02-17-2015, 10:59 PM
What did you not like about it?

M118AA11
02-17-2015, 11:00 PM
It was crystal clear when I bottled it, but it still had a yeast taste to it

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Medsen Fey
02-17-2015, 11:14 PM
That will fade in a few months.

M118AA11
02-17-2015, 11:40 PM
Yeah used a wine yeast so looking at January to drink

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