Blackberry! Chai #3!

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Bam! I am rocking your world with two new meads I started last Thursday. The first is brought to you by a gallon of blackberries:

  • 1 gallon blackberries (local)
  • 1 gallon+1 qt wildflower honey (from Bee Well..bought a new 5-gallon bucket of honey)
  • 5tsp (approx 1.5 tbsp) Fermax yeast nutrient
  • 1/2 tsp irish moss
  • 1 packet EC-1118 yeast

Stats:

  • Started: 11 Aug 2011

And the second is a re-iteration of Chai Mead, this is version #3, hoping to refine this into a reliable, regular recipe.

  • 1/3c vanilla chai mead
  • 2tbsp each whole cloves and whole cardamom, crushed
  • 1gallon+1qt wildflower honey
  • 5tsp (approx 1.5tbsp) Fermax yeast nutrient
  • 1/2 tsp irish moss
  • 1 packet EC-1118 yeast

Stats:

  • Started: 11 Aug 2011

Racking “True Blue”

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Racked the blueberry mead and GOOD GRAVY it is delicious. My previous blueberry cyser is aging well but the taste of blueberry is not obvious enough–a friend who tasted it last Friday couldn’t even tell from an initial taste that it was supposed to be blueberry. But this current blueberry batch has gotten all the blueberry flavor it needs. The color is a dark purple and it tastes deeply of blueberries. I may try to get more local blueberries and do another batch of this before the summer is completely over. Stats:

  • Started: 14 June 2011
  • First rack: 7 Jul 2011 (onto 7lbs of blueberries, approximately 1gallon+1/2qt of blueberries)
  • Second rack: 11 Aug 2011 (off of blueberries)

Thyme in a bottle

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So I racked the metheglin I started about a month ago…the airlock was bored and it seemed fermentation had stopped so I considered it good to go. I tasted it and passed it by my sister and a friend, who both approved. My friend immediately suggested “thyme in a bottle?” and on the spot I decided it was destined to be the name of this batch. It’s coming along nicely as always, well-fermented, tasty, and alcoholic. No doubt though that it tastes very strongly of thyme–not in an overbearing way, but it is distinct. No hinting at anything. Racked it today and avoided most of the yeast and spices so it should mellow out nicely over the next couple months. A good change from the other (sweeter, fruitier) meads I’ve brewed this summer. Stats:

  • Started: 14 July 2011
  • First rack: 15 Aug 2011

Racking peach mead video

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Just uploaded a video to youtube of the racking process for the two batches of peach mead. Enjoy the video!