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06-26-2004, 11:34 AM
I was going through my recipe archive and found this recipe for a Citrus Mead:

Citrus Mead

-10 lbs honey
-Orange peel (skin of one orange)
-Sliced ginger (about one finger's worth)

Make a basic mead with 2 lbs of honey per gallon. Use Orange Blossom honey or a light wildflower honey for this recipe.

Just before taking the must off the boil, add a small amount of sliced ginger (about one thumb's worth for a 5-gallon batch) and then add the thinnest peel of orange skin (about 3/4 of the skin of the orange). Be careful not to get the pith
(the white part below the skin) because it leaves an undesirable aftertaste.

Let it cool naturally about 3/4 hour (longer for larger batches) and then remove the ginger and orange peel.
Put in a carboy to cool, then add yeast and let it go for three to six weeks (At least until it starts to clear).
Bottle, let sit for another week or two (to charge the bottles) and then chill and serve.

Has anyone made anything similar to this. I'm thinking about using this one as my basic Christmas spiced orange mead recipe and then tweaking it with spices and other goodies.



06-27-2004, 02:25 AM
I would recommend increasing your orange zest to at least 3 oranges. I've used up to 10 in a 5 gallon batch and I think 10 is a bit too much but I'm certain 1 would be very faint if at all detectable. Also I waited till after primary fermentation to add the orange peel as the alcohol content helps to naturally leach out the orange flavor from the zest. I put the zest in the freezer while waiting for racking to secondary jug and then put it in a hops bag so I would have no mess. A coffee filter wrapped or tied with sterilized string around the zest will work well as a bag also.

06-27-2004, 05:16 AM
I agree with you about the amount of orange zest, and I'll probably use about 6 oranges.

I also agree about the alcohol leeching off the flavor of the zest. I have some good steeping bags that I bought some time back. I tend to stay away from the coffee filters because I can taste the paper flavor. That might seem weird, but I can also taste it when I brew coffee. That's why I went out and bought a coffee machine with a gold filter basket. For the addtional spices I'll use cinnamon sticks, clove, nutmeg, allspice and coriander.

Has anyone tried a peanut butter mead yet? I had way too much time on my hands last night, and peanut butter mixed with honey has always been one of my favorite treats, so I don't see why this would be excellent as an aperitif.