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mavityre
09-24-2004, 05:20 AM
Hi peoples.

Anybody ever make a heather mead? If so, what's it like?

Thanks

Jmattioli
09-24-2004, 08:05 AM
Hi peoples.

Anybody ever make a heather mead? If so, what's it like?

Thanks

I haven't, but have in the past done some research on it. It is an especially strong honey (also known as ling). It is one of the largest sources of nectar in Britain and is said by English MeadMakers to make a Mead that is excellent beyond words. It is a full-flavored honey and one of the problems is that it requires very long maturing times (Try 5 years minimum as a very conservative estimate) unless used in small quantities mixed with juices or other honey. It is very expensive here in the States. It is stronger than buckwheat and does not appeal to all tastes.
Joe

mavityre
09-24-2004, 10:10 AM
Hmmmm......
You brought up a very good point. I was thinking heather blossoms as an additive, not as the basis of the honey. I have a friend in Ireland, I wonder if he has access to heather honey??????
Now ya got me thinking!!!!!!!!

Jmattioli
09-24-2004, 08:07 PM
Vicky has used heather blossoms in the past and her recipe is somewhere on this site. Try here:
http://www.gotmead.com/mead-recipes/recipe16.shtml
Joe

Dan McFeeley
10-11-2004, 09:47 PM
Here's a few links on heather honey meads, and the use of heather flowers in mead. Check 'em out!

-- Dan M.

http://www.pbm.com/pipermail/hist-brewing/2001/002765.html

http://www.pbm.com/pipermail/hist-brewing/1997/000157.html

Jmattioli
10-11-2004, 10:25 PM
Thanks Dan,
I noticed on the first site comments about the undrinkability of heather honey and Buckwheat witout a lot of aging. After making 2 batches of 100% Buckwheat. One with K1v and one with D47, I must say the Buckwheat thing is a real myth. I tried some of the K1V batch as soon as it finished and it was perfectly drinkable (3 weeks). Made it as a straight mead (3 lbs Buckwheat per gallon) and stopped it at 1.020 for a sweet mead. No nutients other than 1/8t Magnesium sulfate to suppliment my not so hard water. The D47 is still in progress but the K1v already busted that myth. Now heather, I have no experience with and probably won't as long as the cost is $16/lb. Vicky said she had good results using the flowers.
Joe