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Other Fermentables / Bottled when I should have racked again??
« on: July 22, 2012, 09:36:08 AM »
I started a peach ginger mead in Oct 2011.  I racked it into the secondary a month later.  I left it in the carboy to age and in May I sorbated it because I wanted to add some additional juice to bring up the peach flavor.  I added the juice in June.  I guess I should have looked more closely at the mead but I bottled it last week--July 15th. After awhile while bottling, I realized that there was a lot of sediment in the bottom of the carboy.  So I should have racked it again before  bottling--right?
So, now I can see that white sediment (yeast?) building up in the bottom of the bottles.  Can I dump the mead back into a carboy, rack, and bottle again?  I used flip top bottles so it wouldn't be hard to do that. What are my options?  Thx

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Other Fermentables / Peach-Ginger mead question
« on: February 26, 2012, 02:08:31 PM »
I have a peach ginger mead in secondary about 5 months old.  It has a nice ginger taste/aroma to it but I wish the peach was stronger.  I think it isn't peachy tasting enough because I used cheap frozen peaches.

If I can find a good quality peach juice, can I add that it to kick up the taste?  And if so, when would I do that?

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Other Fermentables / Need an orange mead recipe
« on: February 26, 2012, 02:02:21 PM »
I have a bunch of sweet and tart oranges still on the tree (in so cal) that I would like to take advantage of.  I have 12 lbs of orange blossom honey.  I am a newbie. 

(I've made two meads so far--both Ken Schramm recipes--Fall Bounty Cyser--8 mo old--and Peach-Ginger---5 mo old--and both are still in secondary.)

Any suggestions for me? 

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Other Fermentables / Does anyone have persimmon mead recipe?
« on: November 09, 2011, 08:00:42 PM »
I have a lot of persimmon that is ripening and I am hoping someone might have a recipe.  I could figure one out myself but that is risky-- and I am not sure what might enhance the taste--like cinnamon or an additional fruit?

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Other Fermentables / Do I have to make a starter?
« on: October 09, 2011, 04:11:09 PM »
of Lalvin D47 for peach mead or can I just pitch a few packets? 

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Other Fermentables / Fresh or frozen peaches in a Ken Schramm recipe
« on: September 25, 2011, 09:26:38 PM »
I think I want to make Peach Ginger melomel.  The recipe is in Ken  Schramm's book and it calls for 10-12 lbs of fresh peaches.  Would it be ok to use frozen peaches instead?  If so, would the amount be the same?  Also, the recipe has the fruit put into the primary but if I use frozen would that change things?

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Other Fermentables / How long should spice be in a cyser?
« on: September 05, 2011, 02:18:25 PM »
I followed Ken Schramm's recipe for Fall's Bounty Cyser and I am now (cyser going into secondary) adding in the spice bag--1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 3 cloves.  I doesn't say how long to leave it in.  I really don't have any idea how long to leave it in there.

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Other Fermentables / What is "no signs of fermentation"?
« on: August 27, 2011, 11:46:21 AM »
Is it no burps in the airlock at all?  How long do I have to stare at it?  I have not checked the gravity yet but I plan to do so.

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Other Fermentables / Too much head space in carboy?
« on: August 18, 2011, 10:41:23 AM »
I am wondering if I have too much head space going on.  My very first mead was in the primary on 6/22 racked off into a secondary carboy on 7/22 and it must be about 5 inches below (not the brim) the widest part where the neck begins.  Does that part have a name?  :D

I don't know how long I want to leave it before bottling.  I have 2 more to deal with soon--a cyser and a bochet in primary so
I need to figure out what I am doing.

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Other Fermentables / Need Advice--Did I ruin my honey?
« on: June 21, 2011, 07:27:52 PM »
Obviously this is my first time to try and make mead.  I put 3 plastic jars in water bath/electric stock pot.  Forgot to watch it and the jars tipped over and the honey poured into the water.  I don't know the temp of the water but it was extremely warm.  Did I just ruin 75.00 worth of honey on my first attempt? LOL and crying.  Didn't the outsides of the jars/unsterile stock pot just contaminate the honey?

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