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  1. Default JAOM - "Fermenting" 8 months... Am I screwed?

    Greetings from another JAOM NewBee.

    OK, I found the JAOM recipe on the Mr. Beer forums and brewed a batch (actually 2 one gallon batches). Sounds fine, right...? Well the problem is I somehow missed the part about bottling after 2 months and it's been in the original gallon jugs since the end of December (as in, 8 months ago). In my effort to show patience and restraint I put the mead in a closet and ignored it (I also think I took the "no racking" rule literally, thinking it had to age as originally created in the original jugs)...

    So anyway, am I screwed? Is it gonna be nasty since it's been sitting like that for months? Or will I somehow be rewarded for my patience! LOL.

    Any insights would be welcome!
    Tin Man

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    Should be fine--that's the lovely thing about JOAM. Had mine "bulk aging" (code: forgot about it) for over a year. Turned out just fine. Just don't make the same mistake with a melomel....

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    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Ottawa, ON


    If it's a melomel with bread yeast, this seems to work fine, but don't ever do it with 71B, bleck. I've had JAO's in long-term storage before, it should be fine, and better than if you'd remembered to drink it at 2 months!
    "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, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

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    Thanks, Here's hoping! Will probably bottle and sample later this week. I pretty much brewed it exactly as the instructions spell out (honey, fleischmann's yeast, raisins, oranges, etc.). I'll try to remember to post results. Still interested in additional experiences/advice if anyone else happens to read this thread... Thanks!

    Tin Man

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    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Bundoora, Melbourne, Australia


    I've not liked JAO left on the fruit too long, but I have found the nastiness to age out in very short order, so don't worry if it's a bit nasty, just bottle it and wait. She'll be apples.
    Mae'r teithiau golau ceffyl eto

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