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Shamrock
10-02-2005, 11:41 PM
OK....so we finally got the first ever batch of mead bottled up...the stuff we started in June. 15 lbs honey, 5 gallons spring water, EC-118, 1 lb raspberries, 1 fresh lemon's juice. This mead is very good and I am surprised how much so. I'm really glad I read the posts on this forum before I attempted the first batch.
I'll be starting the next batch sometime this week.

Cheers. ;)

memento
10-03-2005, 09:52 AM
:) I've found mead to be the easiest of the fermented beverages to to make "good". I've done beer and wine also, but mead takes it. And there's so much room for creativity!

scout
10-04-2005, 10:36 AM
And there's so much room for creativity!

Translation: "We'll ferment anything that stands still." *big grins*

Shamrock, I can't believe you actually waited for your first batch to be finished before starting a second! I couldn't stand the waiting, and had to start more batches just so I wouldn't mess with the first (AO). *grins*

memento
10-04-2005, 10:46 AM
That where I am. I have one batch bottled and 4 in progress. If I'm not doing something, I'll drink all of my first batch!

Angus
10-04-2005, 06:01 PM
:) And there's so much room for creativity!

This is exactly what makes Mead so appealing to me as well. You can either aim for the basic honey flavor, or let your imagination go wild. One of the great joys is going into a natural food store like the Outpost, and wlking around smelling stuff. Intruiging possibilities come to mind and I find it hard not to just start buying stuff to start a batch. I am new to this, so i am perfecting the basics befoer I go insane with ingredients.

Also, as a certain rotten 'friend' of mine can attest to, it is near impossible to keep your hands off the stuff while you wait. I have 4 batches going, and can easily see ten times that going at the same time just so that I have a constant supply while I make up new batches.

Angus

scout
10-05-2005, 07:40 AM
Okay, so thankfully I wasn't drinking my coffee at the time or my screen would likely be covered in it, but now I have this image of Angus walking around the grocery store sticking his nose into everything to decide if it would be good in mead. Since I don't actually know what Angus looks like, it's a bizarre image. Right now, it's a tall burly redhead in a kilt sticking his nose in a loaf of bread with a thoughtful look on his face . . . . *big grins*

Angus
10-05-2005, 09:25 AM
ok. If you really want to know what I look like, this is me with a friend giving me a noogy.

http://us.f3.yahoofs.com/users/41cb92acz2dee6481/a5a2/__sr_/a78a.jpg?ph9e9QDBlAZr4pWy

scout
10-05-2005, 09:36 AM
Great, Angus, now instead of seeing you with your nose stuck in a loaf of bread wondering it would ferment, I see you sticking your nose in some guy's armpit . . . . EWWWWWW! *grins*

Angus
10-05-2005, 09:41 AM
Yeasty!! ;D ;D

Pewter_of_Deodar
10-05-2005, 10:46 AM
Yeasty!! ;D ;D

So it might ferment...

But will the undesirable tastes and aromas age out over time? ::) ::) ::)

scout
10-05-2005, 10:36 PM
Not gonna touch that one with a 10 foot pole . . . . I would prolly get banned for life. *grins*

Shamrock
10-11-2005, 09:53 PM
And there's so much room for creativity!

Translation: "We'll ferment anything that stands still." *big grins*

Shamrock, I can't believe you actually waited for your first batch to be finished before starting a second! I couldn't stand the waiting, and had to start more batches just so I wouldn't mess with the first (AO). *grins*


Well, I wanted to start a second batch, because making the first one was a lot of fun..and easy too! A lot easier than I thought...however, I have been pretty busy with other stuff, including building a house and moving to it in August and unpacking into September.
Making the mead was good fun, and it was a family affair getting it bottled..we had a small assembly line going...
I'm going to make two more batches this week after I get some honey from the local apiary. One like the first batch, raspberry mead and the other will be a blueberry-maple mead. Should be interesting.
I drank a little too much of the mead last Tuesday evening and ended up bombed. That stuff is more potent than I thought! ;D However, funny thing was the next day, I had no hangover.

irishoneme
10-11-2005, 10:19 PM
You're luck indeed, Shamrock.. a mead hangover is nothing to trifle with!