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    Jackalguy Gotmead Visitor

    Default Rocket fuel

    Hello all!
    Well, I just racked my first batch, and it was pretty bitter and had a strong alcohol taste...does this mellow out? Do I add more honey to sweeten it?
    Its only about a month and a half old...I just really hope I didnt do anything wrong.

    let me know, thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Rocket fuel

    Jackal,

    Could you post the recipe and the SG for us please. Hard to tell what you did without knowing what went into it.

    Thanks,
    Pewter

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    I agree with Pewter, but yes, generally (depending on ingredients and SG's) alcohol "hotness" does mellow with age. Usually bitterness (tannins) balances out the alcohol also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pewter_of_Deodar
    Jackal,

    Could you post the recipe and the SG for us please. Hard to tell what you did without knowing what went into it.

    Thanks,
    Pewter
    Here's the recipe, thanks for checking it out.

    Pitched 3.6.05

    Sweet Mead Yeast
    5 campden tablets
    2 tsp acid blend
    2 tsp yeast nutrient
    2 tsp yeast energizer
    1.5 tsp Chinese Five spices
    3 vanilla beans (split)
    4.5 gallon water
    13 lbs of mesquite honey

    racked 4.08.05

    4.25.05 added 3 lbs of clover

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    It just needs to age. That's normal. Judging by the amount of honey you used I would guess this is going to turn out semi-dry and dry meads tend to take longer to age.

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    Also, adding the acid up front will tend to give it a little Hhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaa as my buddies say.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
    Is it tasty . . . precious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskaar
    Also, adding the acid up front will tend to give it a little Hhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaa as my buddies say.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
    What would make it just taste bad? An infection?

    Bella, worried

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    It's just young. Like Norskersword said, give it some time, it'll come around.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
    Is it tasty . . . precious?

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    You're mead is just very young. I've had many a meads that even at 6 months were pretty undrinkable, but by 12-18 months were an awesome thing to behold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeM
    You're mead is just very young. I've had many a meads that even at 6 months were pretty undrinkable, but by 12-18 months were an awesome thing to behold.
    *gulp* He, um, got discouraged. And, well, hellfire, we thought maybe it was infected so we saved a gallon it to see and let the rest go. *blush*

    it's going to be a really expensive lesson if it turns out. *sigh* but one we obviously needed. The others which were younger already had a nice taste to them, but this one didnt so we were afraid as we're still refining, well, still learning techniques and all.

    oh dear.

    Bella

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    Default Re: Rocket fuel

    Bellacrow,

    I am sorry you lost the batch. Not to discourage experimentation, but you may find it best to start with proven recipes and then substitute into them to achieve whatever end result you want. Other suggestion might be to post the recipe you plan to make here for the experts to critique before you start it. There are a couple of people here that can pick up on things like too much acid, etc...

    Good luck,
    Pewter

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    Try Joe's 3 week recipe in the recipe section. Everyone has trouble with patience when they start out, and 3 weeks isn't long!

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    A lesson I learned while brewing beer. You can't ruin it. You can change it, but it's nearly impossible to actually ruin it. I would think that the nature of Mead would make it even moreso than beer, since beer is so much more prone to infection.

    I tossed a batch once. Never again. Just call it a Lambic mead.....

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    I am considering making a lambic mead. It doe shave some interesting possibilities.

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    irishoneme Gotmead Visitor

    Default Re: Rocket fuel

    You have probably done nothing wrong. My last batch had behaved in much the same way. It's been a couple of months now and it's up to a dry chardonay taste. It will probably mellow with time.

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