Racking Fall meads

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So those fall meads I made a couple weeks ago have stopped their excited run of fermentation so I decided to rack them. They were gunky and gross but both taste pretty good in their own way.

The pumpkin mead was very dry, but very robust. Spices were subtle, pumpkin was there just barely. I’m going to blame the dryness on the yeast energizer I put in at the beginning. I think it got to the maximum dryness/alcoholness quickly. That said, it’s a different (and better, too, I think) dryness than some of my earlier meads. Will need time to age. Stats:

  • Started: 16 October 2011
  • First rack: 9 November 2011

The Sweet Sweet Potato mead is very sweet, almost like frosting! Very well-balanced flavors, sweet potato is obviously there, spices are not too overdone. This mead will be fantastic. Stats:

  • Started: 16 October 2011
  • First rack: 9 November 2011

Oh and I got a video! For you meadia freaks, enjoy:

Bottling cyser

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So with the help of two very eager neophyte roommates I got the 8 gallons or so of cyser bottled and they are just awesome! One is a bit sweeter than the other but they already taste great, and they clarified very quickly. Probably the fastest brew->bottle batch I’ve done yet. Stats:

  • Started: 18 September 2011 (yeast on 19 Sep 2011)
  • 1st rack: 4 October 2011 (added 1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract)
  • Bottled: 2 November 2011