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    Please don't beat me up...................Wine and Mead brewers wanted!

    Hey, I put this in "Off Topic"! Ok here's the deal! The guy across the road that I Till food plots for with my JD, (see, it is tractor related), just gave me 20# of honey to work on some Mead. I've made wine, but Mead seems to be a 'different breed of cat' Anyone got any experiance? TIA! ~Scotty

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    I have copious amounts of experience drinking beer, wine, and whiskey; but have yet to try drinking mead. I don't home-brew due to the mess involved. Be sure to let us know how your mead turns out when you brew a batch.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    I had to go look up what mead even is!
    My wife and I started making wine a few months ago, and this mead brewing sounds interesting. I definitely want to see what is involved with making it.

    A question, would the anti-allergy properties of honey be carried over into the mead?
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    Mead = Honey Based wine, with lots of variations...........

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    I had to go look up what mead even is!
    My wife and I started making wine a few months ago, and this mead brewing sounds interesting. I definitely want to see what is involved with making it.

    A question, would the anti-allergy properties of honey be carried over into the mead?
    Andy- Well we did it tonight! Heated the water to about 140*. Added honey (about 17#). Added 5 Florida juice oranges, sliced so you can get them in the neck of the Carboy. 4 whole cloves. Mixed in 2oz of yeast nutrient, 2oz raisins, a packet of Lavalin D47 yeast (after we disolved it for awhile in warm water) and 4 Cinnomom sticks. Well after an hour, the airlock is bubbling! I'll try to get some picts posted. As for the anti-allergy effects? I don't know! Would be a great way to take 'medicine'! If you drank enough, you may not care if you could breath or not! Just kidding! My boys have really suffered with allergies, and I've been promoting that they eat local honey. Results have been inconclusive to this point. ~Scotty

    Wine is fun, and almost foolproof anymore. Sanitation is the key! ~S

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    Scotty,

    You've already got a good start but here's a link to all the info on Mead you'll ever need. I've never used any of my honey for mead but it's something I'm interested in doing. Some of the local bee club members say the trick is sanitation and patience. Aging makes all the difference according to them. Good luck.

    The Mead Maker's Page

    Here's some of the local favorites: (used with permission.)

    JW's Chocolate Vanilla Strawberry mead

    3 gallon carbouy filled to just under top line
    1/2 cup Nestle Quick milk powder 25% reduced sugar
    4 tbsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup
    1 vanilla bean cut lengthwise and in half
    2.5 tsp Fermax
    9 lbs honey
    4.5 lbs frozen strawberries
    3/4 cup wyeast sweet mead yeast

    JW's Vanilla Strawberry Mead

    3 gallon carbouy filled to just under top line
    1 vanilla bean cut lengthwise and in half
    2.5 tsp Fermax
    9 lbs honey
    6.5 lbs frozen strawberries
    3/4 cup wyeast sweet mead yeast

    Joes Ancient Orange Cinnamon Clove Mead

    Filled 6 gallon carbouy to just under top line
    3 ½ gallons water
    2 large naval oranges cut into 16ths then halfs
    3 medium/small naval oranges cut the same
    3 pinches nutmeg
    5 cinnomon sticks
    4 cloves
    18 lbs clover honey (1.5 gallons)
    ½ cup loosely packed Sunkist raisins
    2 packets fleschmans baking yeast (4.5 oz)
    2 tsp Fermax nutrient


    JW's Chocolate Mead

    Filled 6 gallon carbouy just under top line
    8.2 oz Nestley quick milk mix 25% reduced sugar
    8 oz Hershey’s chocolate syrup
    18 lbs clover honey (1.5 gallons)
    3.5 tsp acid blend
    5 tsp Fermax nutrient
    1 pack D-47 yeast
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy b. View Post
    I had to go look up what mead even is!
    A question, would the anti-allergy properties of honey be carried over into the mead?
    Andy,

    The beekeepers I know who make mead says you destroy the enzymes that are good for you when you heat the honey above 120 degrees. I'm like you though I'd be interested in trying my hand at some Mead. I have a recipe somewhere for honey brandy but it's illegal to make in Alabama. Honey Brandy, now that sounds like something that would taste good to me.
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    Sounds like fun to me. We keep talking about growing grapes and making our own wine. We have a little over 3 acres here at the house and there is a spot up the hill we do nothing but mow. Be a great spot for grapes.

    But I think I need to start with a "kit" first and make some wine before I decide to start a vineyard !
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    Well............Continuing........

    We took the last 4#s of honey and diluted it with 140* water, mixed with a pound of pitted cherrys, the yeast and nutrient, acid balance, etc, etc, etc, and got a test gallon of Cherry Mead perculating! The 5 gallons is 'working' nicely! It's a fun hobby!

    Diesel- If I pour 4 oz into my USB Port, with your E-Mail, can you put your cable in a glass, and catch it?

    You may be on to something!!! We could be millionaires! ~Scotty

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