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Whteknght
12-13-2004, 09:18 PM
Has anyone used Juniper berries in making mead? I recently found a good supply of them at the local grocery store, and was wondering if they might make a good flavoring spice (used almost like clove might be). I wonder if anyone might know a good way to use them.

David Baldwin
12-13-2004, 09:54 PM
Check out Redstone Meadery's Juniper Mountain Honey Wine

www.redstonemeadery.com


My brother tried it and really did not care for it at all.

Oskaar
12-14-2004, 12:42 AM
Not really partial to Juniper berries, but I do like them in Gin!

Cheers,

Oskaar

zweitracht
12-15-2004, 06:47 AM
Has anyone used Juniper berries in making mead? I recently found a good supply of them at the local grocery store, and was wondering if they might make a good flavoring spice (used almost like clove might be). I wonder if anyone might know a good way to use them.

Quoting sections of "Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers":

Gotlandsdricka is an ancient brew of Gotland, a large island off the coast of Sweden ...

... fresh juniper branches with berries are boiled with water for an hour and the hot liquid is poured over the crushed malt ...

Gotlandsdricka -- Another Modern Recipe

This is one I used to make a hearty juniper beer. It possesses a
citruslike resiny flavor ...

5 pounds two-rowed malted barley
2 pounds juniper branches with berries
7 gallons water (boiled down to 5 gallons)
yeast


So, what the heck, at least it's a traditional ingredient, right? Do the standard conversions for malt to honey, and seriously cut back the juniper berries to make up for a lack of branches. Can't hurt to do a 1-gallon batch.