Edited by YoGetDog, 29 June 2012 - 11:45 PM.
Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:45 PM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:29 PM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:20 PM
1/2 gallon water
1-1/2 cups raw honey, different honeys can change the flavor drastically, I use apple blossom or clover in the
winter for spiceyness
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice, rounded
1/2 cup Everclear ® non flavored 75% alchohol, some of you over seas guys can get better. The key is the distilation that doesn't change the flavor of the rest. or skip it for the flavor in a non alchoholic version for the kids
Honey is the only known dietary reservoir of C. botulinum spores linked to infant botulism. For this reason honey should not be fed to infants less than one year. There is no known treatment either and its highly fatal
Slowly heat all ingredients together --- except the alcohol --- in a large stock pot. As the honey melts, an oily crust will form on the top of the meade. You can leave it there, for some feel this adds to the full-bodied texture of the meade, while others will tell you to skim it off. Do not allow the meade to come to a roiling boil. When it is well blended, remove from the heat, stirring occasionally until it settles. When it has cooled, add the Everclear ® and serve.
Edited by Catzklawz, 01 July 2012 - 01:21 PM.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:25 PM
This almost seems like it should go in the off topic forum, but honestly this caters to FRR members more than anything. Who ACTUALLY drinks mead other than me? And who actually home brews it? AND... who is actually willing to help keep my FRR brothers well stocked in mead?
-Gunnarr, alleged bad ***
P.S. I'm not too tech savvy, so how do you make this into one of them newfangled poll thigies?
Hell yeah, I'm from just south of Northumberland where monks have been getting merry on Mead for over 1400 years!, my wife is a HUGE mead fan and I've been known to sample the odd tipple myself, never been tempted to brew it myself however (no bees!) I may purchase an apiary one day if I buy a house with a bigger garden.
Posted 12 July 2012 - 04:28 AM
Unfortunately we don't get anything other than "maxwells" reliably here in Australia, so I've had to start learning myself
Posted 12 July 2012 - 08:13 AM
Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:02 AM
Its a Borg way!
Should try that myself, as my GF is visiting her parents 500km away so theres no distractions...
Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:13 PM
Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:06 AM
Also, don't skimp on the ingredients too much.
Far too often people get put off from brewing something in 2 weeks on cheap supermarket honey and baking yeast, and then think that the resulting abomination is what mead is.
There's really no right or wrong way to spice or mix meads, But there exists naming-conventions to avoid confusion.
Since mead is one of the oldest forms of fermented drink the list is huuuuge, but some of the most common ones here:
Mead : Honey and water (common denominator name)
Melomel : Halfbreed between fruit and honey fermentation
Cyser : A melomel that's a cross between hard cider and mead. (usually apples)
Metheglin : Spiced mead.
Pyment : Honey and grape mixed fermentation.
Also, Mead in it's very basic and original form consist of two things, and two things only:
Honey that isn't destroyed by processing is self-fermenting, so all that's needed is water.
The trouble is getting honey that's not contaminated with pollution (especially nowadays) so getting a good batch out of it is a bit hit and miss, and that's not a good thing for something you have to wait on for such a long time.
In my opinion a GOOD mead is made from prime honey, fresh, clean water and then aged for a few years.
So called short-meads can be made if you want something to drink within a few weeks, but beware, you'll have to add all sorts of seasonings to hide the stressed flavours.
I'd rather just buy a bottle and make something proper in the meantime.
As always, drink responsibly.
P.s, If a bottle says "best mead in the world" it probably isn't.
The "best" mead probably won't even be bottled, it'll be forgotten in some old coot's basement aging for 30 years.
not in a flashy bottle made by some corporation.
Edited by firequill, 15 July 2012 - 03:10 AM.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:35 PM
And it.... is... gross, sorry.
It just tastes like honey flavored white wine, and I hate wine =/
Although in it's defense, it does get you drunk so fast that you can't taste it after a few tankards.
Oh well, back to UV blue-raspberry vodka for me xD
Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:00 PM
each to their own
Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:20 AM
each to their own
Yeah I think there's something wrong with me too, I can drink straight hard liquor easier than I can a glass of wine. But UV is just soooo good with Sprite.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:28 PM
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:53 AM
PLEASE NO MORE! I CAN'T STAND IT! MUST HAVE!!!!!! Oh wait. Damn. I can't yet.
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