Bottling

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Bottled two batches of mead today! The Chai3 is more cardamom-y than the other two but still delicious. Sometimes, in a batch, I like the actual mead part. Sometimes I like the spices/additions. In this batch, I’m not so happy with the actual mead part but the spices/additions are just about right. As always, I’m going to give it time. Stats:

  • Started: 11 Aug 2011
  • First Rack: 1 Sep 2011
  • Bottled: 10 Oct 2011

And for the blackberry, the same applies. Delicious, of course, but I think it is still too dry.

  • Started: 11 Aug 2011
  • First Rack: 1 Sep 2011 (off of blackberries)
  • Bottled: 10 Oct 2011

TONS of work, touched it all tonight

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Thanks to the help of one of my friends, I got a lot of work done tonight. Direct to the work:

Racked both peaches, stats:

  • 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)

Racked blackberry off the blackberries. The blackberry taste is just barely there, need to use more next time. Stats:

  • Started: 11 Aug 2011
  • First Rack: 1 Sep 2011 (off of blackberries)

Racked Chai#3 off of the spices and yeast. Has all the right flavors, the cardamom is coming through more strongly in a delicious way! Stats:

  • Started: 11 Aug 2011
  • First Rack: 1 Sep 2011

Also added clarifiers to the blueberry and the thyme mead. So they’re set to bottle after Labor Day weekend. So excited–it is all delicious! I have tried each of these meads tonight so I am a little drunk!

 

 

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