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Deege
03-11-2005, 12:20 PM
I've been looking at JoeM's recipe, and I was considering making it but I had a few questions.

1) I've never had braggot. I love beer and mead. Can anyone describe the taste? Is it just a sweet beer?

2) Have you ever used dark DME? I'm more of a dark beer person, and was wondering how that might work out?

3) I've seen some posts stating that they leave out the hops. Is this to make it "less beer-like"? Or do the hops ruin the flavor?

Thanks!
Deege

JoeM
03-11-2005, 06:11 PM
1) Braggot is more than just a sweet beer...the best way i can describe it is that it kind of takes the best qualities of both mead and beer and puts them together. really braggot isnít all that much like beer or mead to begin with, it kinda has a flavor all of its own, but if i were hard pressed to classify it i would call it a malt flavored mead rather than a honey flavored beer. Personally the qualities that i think are highlighted in a good braggot are the floral character and aroma of the honey, and the rich earthy flavor of the malt. The 1/2 oz of hops I add is not enough to lend a distinct hop flavor, its just there to add a bit of bitterness to balance out the sweetness. And notice that I donít add any finishing hops as to not mask the honey aroma.

2) I use dark DME all the time in making stouts and portersÖI canít say Iíve ever used them in a braggot, although my brewing partner has been on back about making a stout braggot for about 6 months now. So really I canít comment on how they would be in a braggot.

3) Hops certainly do not ruin the flavorÖthat being said I have always been careful about not over hopping my braggots. To me braggot is all about balanceÖa harmony if you will between the sweet honey, flavorful malt, and light hop bitterness. When I started making braggot I was using a very minimal amount of hops, then I started using ľ oz, and recently Iíve been using up to Ĺ oz and a small proportion of darker grains and Iíve seen a big improvement in the final product. Is it less beer like without the hops? The best answer I can give is, kindaÖlike i said before its kind of hard to compair it to beer to begin with, but I feel that the hops add a depth of flavor that I would miss otherwise.

JoeM
03-11-2005, 06:17 PM
P.S. i cant really confirm this as i lent my copy of the compleat mead maker to a friend...but i think that if you check some of the recipes in this well renowned mead text you will see that some of the braggots use quite a bit of hops.

Deege
03-11-2005, 11:26 PM
Thanks! I'll probably try making one soon using your recipe. I'll experiment with other stuff after I get the first one working :)

Deege