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    Thumbs Up sipping our first mead

    Yesterday we bottled our first batch of mead. My wife asked me to sniff the top of the carboy in fear that it might be vinegar. Ah, the thrill of victory. It is as good as any mead we purchased and it has a kick. Grinning ear to ear.
    I am hopeful that we will harvest enough honey this fall to do it again.

    Yield was just under 9 1.5 liter bottles.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    Isn't it great hope you enjoy!

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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    it sure is.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    I am sure you will not be able to do this, but if you let it age for at least 1 year... you could have something really nice.
    “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” - The Quran

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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    I only have a few months to go but it will be tough. I think the question of what am I going to do with all this honey has gone to, do we have enough for more mead? Just pulling the cap off the bottle brings a smile to my face. Such a wonderful aroma. I wasn't expecting to extract much this year but now I am hopeful.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    Would you be willing to share your recipe? I've had Mead once and really wasn't impressed. I'd like to try making it myself.

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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    If I remember right it was honey and water, the most basic mead. We used a champagne yeast with no added chemicals. No surfactants, no energizers or nutrients.

    Basic Mead Recipe:
    12 to 18 pounds of grade-A honey
    4 1/2 gallons of tap or bottled water
    8 grams (1/4 ounce) of freeze-dried wine, champagne, or dedicated mead yeast

    We used 5 quarts of our fall honey and tap water (we have a carbon Aqua filter)
    Yeast - Lalvin D-47 one packet but screw up and pitched the yeast into hot must and had to pitch again a couple of days later. Fermentation is very slow but could have been because of our goof.

    I have to say if you can't make mead you should re-evaluate keeping bees. But I attribute our success to our chemical free hives. So good luck.

    We got the instructions on line for basic mead if you can't find it I can try and look it up.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    I have to say if you can't make mead you should re-evaluate keeping bees.
    A rather brash statement...............

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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    Ja, I don't know about that. I know some great barley or hop farmers who couldn't make a beer to save their lives. But I think that might have been Acebird's point: mead is beautifully simple as long as the basic tenets are followed (cleanliness, sanitation, good ingredients, healthy yeast).
    Bees, brews and fun
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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    What you have to learn to make mead is a spit in the ocean to what you have to learn to keep bees. It might be the same for a barley or hop farmer but I know hops grows like a weed.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    Quote Originally Posted by Belewsboy View Post
    Would you be willing to share your recipe? I've had Mead once and really wasn't impressed. I'd like to try making it myself.
    You might prefer cyser. It is apple juice and honey.

    I have some that is delicious.
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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post

    I have to say if you can't make mead you should re-evaluate keeping bees.


    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...essed-up-again
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: sipping our first mead

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    You might prefer cyser. It is apple juice and honey.
    Our apple tree just dropped most of its apples because of the drought we are having. We have put in more apple trees and added plum, peach and cherry trees this year. It might be a start for some more mead experimentation.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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