Fall meads, good progress

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I racked both the sweet sweet potato and the pumpkin mead (probably for the last time before I bottle them) and sampled them–they are turning out great! Maybe even the best meads that I have ever brewed. I’m really getting a sense for that Wyeast 4184 Sweet Mead yeast and what it does (always sweet and bubbly). Anyway, some stats, I’ll probably get to bottling them in the next couple weeks if they settle down pretty well.

Sweet Sweet Potato:

  • Started: 16 October 2011
  • First rack: 9 November 2011
  • Second rack: 20 December 2011

Pumpkin:

  • Started: 16 October 2011
  • First rack: 9 November 2011
  • Second rack: 20 Dec 2011
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Two new ones

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I started two new meads a few weeks ago but I was dumb and didn’t post about them right away. I won’t try to put down the recipes, but for what it’s worth I will log their stats.

The first is a re-creation of the Sweet Potato Mead that I started just a month before. The first batch went so well and sweet potatoes were on a ridiculous sale at Publix ($.49/lb v. the usual $.99) so I bought a bunch more and had at it. Here’s the stats:

  • Started: 27 Nov 2011

The second is another batch of POM: Plain Old Mead. Standard yeast, standard honey (right at 12lbs, 1 gallon+1 quart)–what I hope is to make a fool-proof, easily re-creatable batch of mead. If I tell other people how easy it is to make mead, I better be able to make a pretty simple, pretty straight-forward mead. Also, I’ve been doing such crazy recipes recently that I wanted to make sure I had a standard for people to try and enjoy.

  • Started: 27 Nov 2011

Peach

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I haven’t updated about peach in a while–I think that is accurate as I haven’t done much with the peach in a while. I’ve tried to add my usual gelatin-based clarifier to get it really clear but even after at least a month it did not get as clear as I’ve been trying to get.

One thing I’m pretty happy with is that I set out to make two identical batches and I have ended up with two identical-tasting batches. I haven’t been compelled with the actual taste yet (the honey is potent, the peaches are not) but it will age nicely.

  • Started: 10 Jul 2011
  • First Rack: 30 Jul 2011 (onto 10lbs of peaches, pureed and sanitized)
  • Second Rack: 1 Sep 2011 (off of peaches and yeast, mostly)
  • Bottled: 6 and 20 Dec 2011