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Offline Richard

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Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« on: July 16, 2011, 02:54:10 PM »
Re-spin on the Frederictonian Mead based on last batch.

Ingredients:
  • 20lbs non-pasteurised honey.
  • 1 cup lemon juice - the bottled stuff (ascorbic + citric acid)
  • 3 tsp Yeast Nutrient (blend including yeast hulls).
  • Enough water to make the above fill a 6 gallon carboy with a few inches of headspace.
  • Lalvin 1118.


Method:
  • Sanitise 6 gallon "wine bucket", and large plastic spoon.
  • Pour honey in bucket.
  • Add cold water to make to 6 gallons.
  • Stir like crazy until you somehow manage to make the damn honey dissolve.
  • Add the yeast nutrient.
  • Add the lemon juice.
  • Transfer to carboy.
  • Pitch yeast.
  • Wait until visible fermentation has stopped.
  • Rack to secondary onto toasted oak chips.
  • Wait a month or two (or more as I'm planning)
  • Fine.
  • Sugar prime (150g dextrose/22L) + Bottle.


OG should be about 1.120, fg should be about 0.995. Total ABV 14-15%.
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2011, 04:14:21 PM »
Also ended up 1.130 OG.
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011, 08:57:05 PM »
Planning to do this soonish, except use 2 lemons, 2 limes for the acids, and the zest because its good. Also planning to add 5# of fresh blueberries, how would you reccomend I sanitize the berries, I'm thinking blender with water, then put in pot, slowly bringing to 170F and keeping there for 15 minutes.

This will give the Lalvin 1118 a run for its money: 5.5 gal batch. I've gone up to about 20% booze-o-hol using that yeast before, and its rated to 21%.
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011, 09:08:46 PM »
Suspect you'll be looking at a seriously high aging time for that... Would recommend you bring the whole thing down to a final ABV of 17% or less, or you'll get all kinds of nasty flavours. Use the extra honey for braggot instead :D
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011, 09:57:42 PM »
just curious where everyone gets their honey for meads?

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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2011, 10:02:13 PM »
I gave the guy a card; if he doesn't show up in the next couple of days I'll ping him for you. Local bee-keeper does $40/20lbs.
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011, 10:09:01 PM »
Quote from: "Richard"
I gave the guy a card; if he doesn't show up in the next couple of days I'll ping him for you. Local bee-keeper does $40/20lbs.


nice...that's much better than the normal $7/kg  :roll: ....there's a guy in maugerville as well, but haven't called for prices yet.

*you can delete my posts if you'd like to keep this on topic to your recipe...sorry for going OT.

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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2011, 07:58:24 AM »
The Bee Store I think give a very very good deal they are local
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2011, 10:29:12 AM »
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The Bee Store I think give a very very good deal they are local


ah yes...that's it....thanks for the name....couldn't remember it but knew it was in maugerville. ph is (506)357-5444 if anyone was interested.

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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2011, 10:37:44 AM »
What kinda rates they got?
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2011, 11:04:08 AM »
well last year it was cheaper than $2 per lbs
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2011, 01:02:22 PM »
btw I did something a little different this time with the nutrients - same 3 tsp to start with, but I put a half teaspoon to a teaspoon (mostly eyeballed) in for five days afterwards, every 24 hours.
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2011, 08:59:34 PM »
so, the yeast nutrient you rolled in a foil ball for me will be sanitary enough, or should I get other stuff?
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2011, 12:36:26 AM »
Boil it if you're concerned, but it should have only touched the bag and the tin foil.
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Re: Frederictonian Sparkling Mead
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2011, 06:56:04 PM »
will do.
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