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Squatchy
07-17-2015, 12:11 AM
Has anyone used it in a traditional? What yeast would you suggest? Would you blend it with any other honey?

WVMJack
07-17-2015, 04:09 AM
Have you tasted it yet? WVMJ

Squatchy
07-17-2015, 08:42 AM
Has not arrived just yet

GntlKnigt1
07-17-2015, 10:54 AM
I suspect Oskaar and Ken Schramm would concur with WVMJack. Smell and taste it before you decide on a style. Melomels will overwhelm/hide strange tastes, metheglyns can enhance a particular flavor, but traditionals are bare naked.

howiefla
07-17-2015, 11:00 AM
Very light delicate honey. May not get too much character in a traditional. But as others have said, taste and ponder...

GntlKnigt1
07-19-2015, 11:45 AM
You get your honey yet Squatchy? What are the aromas and taste calling out for?

Squatchy
07-19-2015, 05:43 PM
You get your honey yet Squatchy? What are the aromas and taste calling out for?

I expect it on Monday (tomorrow). I'll post some tasting notes when it shows up.

Squatchy
07-25-2015, 09:53 AM
So my honey came yesterday. I'm having a hard time finding a description. It is very delicate. Very neutral in every way. It is very light in color. Not much nose to it. The taste comes and then goes away pretty quick. Not a long lingering taste. The acidity is pretty neutral as well. I know that is not very descriptive. I think that is one way to define it. Just very neutral in every way. About all I can think of to use it is just a sugar source for the yeast to make alcohol out of. Maybe you could say I have an invisible canvas to paint on. WIth that said, maybe it could be used with delicate spices. I doubt I will buy it again. Kinda pricey for nothing special.

GntlKnigt1
07-25-2015, 10:49 AM
Aww..pity. Well, see if you can find a local beekeeper to connect with so you can try before you buy, rather than do mail order

Squatchy
07-25-2015, 03:03 PM
Aww..pity. Well, see if you can find a local beekeeper to connect with so you can try before you buy, rather than do mail order

I can get wildflower and clover locally but that's about it!

GntlKnigt1
07-25-2015, 03:33 PM
At least you know what you're getting

jdranchman
07-27-2015, 01:45 PM
I picked up a gallon of wildflower (aka fireweed) honey from Western Colorado Honey in Silt when I went to the CSBA summer meeting. Paul gets it from a private property in the high mountains in the Flat Tops wilderness that is full of fireweed. It is a tad darker than I expected and full of flavor. I'm going to try it out in my next BOMM batch with Fermaid O. If that turns out well, I plan on stopping by his shack when I'm over the hill and get more. He got a good harvest from that yard last year and there were lots of pails in his warehouse.

I also grabbed two gallons of the Rabbit Brush honey. One for me to just eat. The butterscotch notes may make something interesting too.

Squatchy
07-27-2015, 09:27 PM
I picked up a gallon of wildflower (aka fireweed) honey from Western Colorado Honey in Silt when I went to the CSBA summer meeting. Paul gets it from a private property in the high mountains in the Flat Tops wilderness that is full of fireweed. It is a tad darker than I expected and full of flavor. I'm going to try it out in my next BOMM batch with Fermaid O. If that turns out well, I plan on stopping by his shack when I'm over the hill and get more. He got a good harvest from that yard last year and there were lots of pails in his warehouse.

I also grabbed two gallons of the Rabbit Brush honey. One for me to just eat. The butterscotch notes may make something interesting too.

Is the "Rabbit Brush honey" a varietal or a providers name of the business????

jdranchman
07-27-2015, 10:41 PM
"Rabbit brush" or rabbitbrush is something that looks sorta like sagebrush but sometimes taller and just as wide spread everywhere in the west. In the late summer and fall it sprouts yellow flowers on the tips of branches. From the moving car, it would look like yellow tipped branches on sagebrush. Specifically: Ericameria nauseosa or Rubber Rabbitbrush or more commonly Yellow Rabbitbrush. Bees love it when it blooms but more probably because it is the only thing blooming late in most of Colorado. If the beekeeper throws up empty supers before they bloom, you can pretty much be assured that the next honey flow is from rabbitbrush (this happens over in Silt where the sides of the road and hills are all yellow). This varietal will be my second Fermaid O experiment after the fireweed.

Squatchy
07-27-2015, 10:58 PM
"Rabbit brush" or rabbitbrush is something that looks sorta like sagebrush but sometimes taller and just as wide spread everywhere in the west. In the late summer and fall it sprouts yellow flowers on the tips of branches. From the moving car, it would look like yellow tipped branches on sagebrush. Specifically: Ericameria nauseosa or Rubber Rabbitbrush or more commonly Yellow Rabbitbrush. Bees love it when it blooms but more probably because it is the only thing blooming late in most of Colorado. If the beekeeper throws up empty supers before they bloom, you can pretty much be assured that the next honey flow is from rabbitbrush (this happens over in Silt where the sides of the road and hills are all yellow). This varietal will be my second Fermaid O experiment after the fireweed.

As soon as you described it I knew exactly what you were speaking of. Would you PM me your number please. I would like to get that guys number if you would and it would be great to meet you as well. I don't know a single person who knows what Mead let alone makes it :)

pokerfacepablo
07-28-2015, 07:00 AM
I can get wildflower and clover locally but that's about it!
Look a little harder, you might find someone in the migratory bee business. That might open your options. Also, try asking Oskar or Wayneb where they get their special varietals.