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mdowner86
12-02-2016, 11:59 PM
Hey everyone. I'm completely new to both GM and making mead in general. I am currently working on my very first batch (JAOM with black tea instead of raisins, seemed like a pretty straightforward and simple mead to start with) using a very simplistic method that I learned from watching my stepfather make homemade wine. Eventually, as I get better and braver, I'd like to try to recreate the "Mead of Inspiration" (or "Mead of Poetry" depending on whether you're reading Nordic or Celtic lore) I have a general idea for the ingredients based on availability in those regions, time period, cultural importance, and supposed effect. My question is about woods for aging/conditioning. Have any of you tried woods beyond Oak? I think I've heard mention of Cherry and Acacia with mead, but what about things like Alder, Birch, vine woods, Rowan, Hawthorn, Willow, or even some more exotic stuff like Bubinga or Brazilian Rosewood? If so, what effects did it have on your mead?

beecarp
12-06-2016, 02:01 AM
I have only used the readily available oaks; Hungarian, French and American. Willow is very bitter. Hawthorn and alder are easy for me to get. If you do use any keep us posted. Some of the tropical hardwoods are toxic so be careful.

Squatchy
12-06-2016, 10:23 AM
Go look for Black Swan Cooperage

cataclysmicvariable
12-07-2016, 10:45 AM
has anyone ever tried aging on palo santo? dogfish head makes a palo santo brew....

Squatchy
12-07-2016, 12:12 PM
http://www.blackswanbarrels.com/honey-comb-barrel-alternative/

I have/am used all of these woods in test batches

caduseus
12-07-2016, 02:34 PM
http://www.blackswanbarrels.com/honey-comb-barrel-alternative/

I have/am used all of these woods in test batches
I can't wait to check these out. Do you have a favorite of the ones on that page?

beecarp
12-07-2016, 03:10 PM
http://www.blackswanbarrels.com/honey-comb-barrel-alternative/

I have/am used all of these woods in test batches

Squatchy, GotMead would be a much more bland place without you. Thanks

Squatchy
12-07-2016, 04:31 PM
Squatchy, GotMead would be a much more bland place without you. Thanks

Thank you very much for the kind words

Squatchy
12-07-2016, 04:37 PM
I can't wait to check these out. Do you have a favorite of the ones on that page?

The hard maple went nicely with mesquite honey and D21

mdowner86
12-12-2016, 08:45 PM
The hard maple sounds awesome, but the yellow birch and white ash caught my eye. The gears are beginning to turn...