Aladdin mead

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So I’m giving you the best I can put together for a post about a special kind of mead I put together actually based on a recipe! It must have started in early June, so I’ll call it June 10th. I racked it a couple times and then bottled it. The recipe goes something like this:

  • Steep a spice bag with .1oz each: green cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, long pepper.
  • 10 lbs of honey
  • 46fl oz muscat juice concentrate
  • Add saffron to secondary (1 gram, and that’s still expensive)

So basically a lot of Islamic-inspired spices. I’m not happy with the strength of the spices–they were only steeped in a spice bag and that water was added to the primary. So I think it could have been stronger on all accounts, though you can always add more, you can never take it away. Stats, for what it’s worth, as accurately as possible:

  • Started 10 June 2012
  • Racked 27 November 2012
  • Bottled 4 February 2012

 

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Long time! Lemon-Ginger re-born

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Stating the obvious it’s been a while since I’ve posted. For the record of the future, today is the day I started re-blogging my brews. The other posts that may come after/before this one are actually being FALSELY MARKETED into the past using wordpress’ time stamp tool.

Tuesday I started two batches of Lemon-Ginger mead, starting again an old recipe that I absolutely LOVE. The lemon adds just a slight bit of acidity (which helps the fermentation and the flavor) and the ginger gives just a slight “what was that?” kind of after taste. Neither one really over-powers the honey either, just complements it nicely. Recipe:

  • 1 gallon + 1 qt of honey (approximately 20lbs)
  • peel of 4 lemons, 1 whole lemon
  • 1.5oz fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of irish moss
  • 1 packet yeast (1 with D47, one with Pasteur Champagne yeast, same as original batch)

4 days in and they are both bubbling nicely. As a bonus! I added 1 tbsp of juniper berries to one, just to try something new. We’ll see how it goes; didn’t want to overpower it any.