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  1. Default back brewing....

    after a 4 year gap!

    I dug out all the old mead making kit from my basement and discovered a treasury of yeast, honey, and bottles. I have also had orange blossom honey, cherry wine base, and elderberry wine base delivered from northernbrewer.com

    Dang it feels good to be a mead maker again!

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    Welcome back to the addiction, I haven't been able to stop winemaking since I started...
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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    Four years? The yeast is probably expired. It might work -- I've used old yeast before and the fermentation started with little problem. If you use them, you may want to pitch an extra packet.

    Oh, and welcome back to the addiction. :-)

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    (The people's spirit is raised through culture)

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    Too bad that honey wasn't turned into mead... THEN you forgot about it for 4 years.

    Regardless.. welcome back!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    thanks for the welcome back!

    The 4 years was life changes and getting very involved in changing Alabama's beer laws - until 2009, beer above 6% ABV was illegal. Until this summer, brewery taprooms were illegal and brewpubs couldn't operate at a profit. We still can't get beer in bottles larger than 16oz (but can get draft to go and buy 31 gallon kegs... no it doesn't make sense).

    And we are one of the 2 states where homebrewing is illegal... and I didn't really want to be deported for a hobby. Now that I can't be deported I am back in the game

    As to the yeast: it spent the last 4 years in a cool, dark basement. Think it's worth trying, or should I just ditch it?

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    Have a backup plan (may be difficult if brewing's illegal!) but it might still be good if it was cool. If you rehydrate it and then add some must as if you were making an acclimated starter, you'll know soon enough if it's working, there will be bubbles...

    Risking deportation? Yeah, not a good time to be homebrewing in a state that doesn't allow it... (unless you're being deported to Canada where everything costs half again more than it should but at least we have health care and can homebrew legally!)
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend to....um, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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    I am not working with the group trying to legalise homebrewing - am trying to reform the beer retail laws (www.freethehops.org). Once we've done container size I'll help out with the home brewing efforts.

    Yeah, didn't really want to be deported back to the UK - took us a long time and mucho dinero to get here. Now that I am a naturalised US citizen they can't throw me out any more!

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    Free the hops! love the moniker!
    Making Mead With TLC since 2010

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