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Title: Snow Mead
Post by: joe_meadmaker on February 11, 2021, 08:02:43 PM
The other day we got a good snowfall in my area.  I've been thinking about melting snow and using it to make a mead, so I decided to do it.  The snow was melted and taken up to pasteurization temperature.  It's now just waiting for Saturday when I make the batch.  I did melt some of the snow in a glass to taste it.  It was very clean and refreshing.

This batch will ultimately be pretty normal (aside from using snow).  I've got a bucket of wildflower honey from an apiary that's about an hour south of me.  Yeast will be D-47.

I don't imagine using snow will affect this batch in any discernible way as compared to the spring water I normally use.  But it will be a fun story to tell anyone who's drinking it.  ;D

(https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1iTtmCKmspGdX41pp8ZxllLCGUukZ9QcA)
Title: Re: Snow Mead
Post by: Bob357 on February 11, 2021, 11:04:08 PM
Should be fine, as long as you didn't include any yellow snow :)
Title: Re: Snow Mead
Post by: erockrph on February 11, 2021, 11:43:33 PM
Should be fine, as long as you didn't include any yellow snow :)
Well honey is kinda yellowish. This should definitely be labeled "Yellow Snow Mead" ;D

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Title: Re: Snow Mead
Post by: Bob357 on February 12, 2021, 02:21:09 AM
A number of years ago, Rogue, in Newport, OR, brewed a beer they called Yellow Snow. I think it was an APA. As I recall, it wasn't up to my expectations for them.
Title: Re: Snow Mead
Post by: pete b on February 12, 2021, 02:34:56 AM
Cool! Cold actually.
I have made a few maple meads with maple sap instead of water. Similar in that it might not have mattered much but there was a cool factor.
Mead snow cones might be good. I could picture packing a glass with snow and adding a berry Melomel.
Title: Re: Snow Mead
Post by: joe_meadmaker on February 12, 2021, 02:36:34 AM
This should definitely be labeled "Yellow Snow Mead" ;D

That is being considered.  ;D
Title: Re: Snow Mead
Post by: Drewch on February 12, 2021, 12:51:31 PM

You'll have let us know how it turns out. I imagine you'd get much the same effect as switching from spring water to RO. I assume snow is pretty low on dissolved minerals.
Title: Re: Snow Mead
Post by: joe_meadmaker on February 14, 2021, 01:46:48 AM
Well this plan unfortunately fell through.  The water I melted a few days ago got a metallic taste from the pot.  I should have moved it to something else rather than just letting it sit in the boiling pot for all that time.  I figured I could gather up some more snow today, but I think it's been on the ground too long.  I melted some and gave it a taste.  It tasted dirty.  Guess it's been absorbing stuff from the ground or the air, or both.

I still made the batch of mead today but used my spring water instead.

I'll try a snow mead at some point, although I'll need to line up the making of the batch with a fresh snowfall.  It will happen, but it's on hold for the moment. :(