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    Thanks for your help Joe!

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    Thanks ....

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    Anyone else unable to access the NewBee guide? I just get redirected to the forum home page.

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    Alas....main page is still down. Am not sure is anyone has the newbee guide...may have to wait till it is back up in a few weeks

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    Attached is a compiled copy of the Newbee guide - hopefully it compiled from multiple files into one correctly.The Newbee Guide to Making Mead.pdf

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    I got started making mead when I found THIS looney bin.

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    I got started mainly out of intrigue and the wonder of this mystical beverage. Really took a hold of me when I started watching history channel's Viking program.
    Now that I've made mead and tried various commercial meads, I can say that it is truly magical.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jas53 View Post
    Attached is a compiled copy of the Newbee guide - hopefully it compiled from multiple files into one correctly.The Newbee Guide to Making Mead.pdf
    Thanks Jas53! I was missing that good reference guide.

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    Is this link still working for everyone else? I have had some issues accessing the newbee guide.


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    As silly as it sounds, when playing Skyrim, mead was always referenced. I had to ask myself, "What exactly is this?" So.. I looked it up, and thought to myself, "Well, this doesn't sound so hard.."

    And so my obsession began...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gw72487 View Post
    Is this link still working for everyone else? I have had some issues accessing the newbee guide.
    Works for me on Win 7, 64 bit laptop using IE. Perhaps it is your iPhone that is the prob.
    Don't Panic!

    From Portugal to Poland, on a perpetual pursuit for more honey.....

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    I can not access it on my iPhone. It works fine on my computer with chrome


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    Yup i will try to access it on another comp. thanks!


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    While visiting my daughter this summer in Boulder, as a change of pace to visiting all the breweries we took a tour of Redstone Meadery and was impressed. Upon returning home to Michigan visited Schramm's and B Nectar in Ferndale and was hooked.

    Joe

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    Hey all, I am new here and have been reading and lurking for a little bit now. I havent actually started to make any mead yet. Ive been thinking about it for about a year now and reading up on it. My question though is, I want to use glass carboy jugs, but how difficult is it to put other indigents into them? They have such a narrow opening it seems like it would be a pain to put any sort of fruit or anything else into them and get them out. I seen some people say use a plastic carboy for fermentation then switch it over to the glass and others say not to. Just looking for some suggests. I want to start out with the Joe's Ancient orange in a 1 gallon glass jug which I can get around here for about 4 bucks, but getting the orange into and out, seems like it would be a pain.

    Also if this has been answered elsewhere, sorry. Tried to do a search with "Glass vs plastic" and came up with like 10 pages of results including anything with those words. Thanks

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    JAOM is a great way to get syatyrd with a low investment of both time and money. A glass carboy would work okay for that, but i would suggest you also get a hydrometer. For future batches, i suggest pails and then racking to glass carboys for clarifying and aging, but thats future batches. Start slow, and add equipment as you become more experienced.

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    Oh yeah im for sure getting a hydrometer. Most of the glass carboys ive seen, I look at and just think "how am I going to get the oranges out after?"

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    I like to shake it upside down, one will fall into the neck, extract with a piece of cutlery. Rinse and repeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonheart View Post
    Oh yeah im for sure getting a hydrometer. Most of the glass carboys ive seen, I look at and just think "how am I going to get the oranges out after?"
    Cut 'em up, put them in a blender. Yes, there's pulp, but they come out of the carboy with a rinse... and there's lots of surface for the yeast to feed on.
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    Default How do you get started making mead?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonheart View Post
    Hey all, I am new here and have been reading and lurking for a little bit now. I havent actually started to make any mead yet. Ive been thinking about it for about a year now and reading up on it. My question though is, I want to use glass carboy jugs, but how difficult is it to put other indigents into them? They have such a narrow opening it seems like it would be a pain to put any sort of fruit or anything else into them and get them out. I seen some people say use a plastic carboy for fermentation then switch it over to the glass and others say not to. Just looking for some suggests. I want to start out with the Joe's Ancient orange in a 1 gallon glass jug which I can get around here for about 4 bucks, but getting the orange into and out, seems like it would be a pain.

    Also if this has been answered elsewhere, sorry. Tried to do a search with "Glass vs plastic" and came up with like 10 pages of results including anything with those words. Thanks
    Welcome Dragonheart!

    Dude. What are you waiting for? Read the Joe's Ancient Orange Mead and get cracking! You would have had an aged JAOM by now! No hydrometer needed.

    Honey, cinnamon, one clove, a few raisins, an orange, water and Fleishmans yeast. Get a gallon of Gallo Sangria or Yago or whatever, drink it with your friends and wake up to a bubbling brew!

    After the 90 to 100 days it takes to drop, the fruit in the jug is so soft and saturated it pops out no problem.


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