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True Story
« on: December 31, 2013, 03:26:34 PM »
Well, 12 years ago when I bought this place, I put in a planting of crop in the field.
It failed....next year I tried again, it failed to establish....the following year I figured
out the problem and that was the soil had so much sand content, that the seed
soil contact needed to grow a crop, mandated packing of the soil on the seeds.
Finally I got the thing established. I put in Red Clover, White Clover, timothy hay
and a little volunteer alfalfa showed up....the surrounding Russian Olive trees bloomed,
and I had Thousands of little winged workers living in a 3 story white furnished dwelling.

These little workers would travel from flower to flower polinating and sipping nectar
carrying it back to the dwelling to process and store it in the form of Honey and other
goodies.

That fall, I went to the dwelling and tore the roof off and stole a bunch of that honey
from all those pissed off little guys....yeah, they did get some licks in on me...and I cannot
say without a doubt that no bee was harmed in the process....but hey this relationship
has been going on with mankind and bees for a long long time. 

Anyhow, I made a few batches of Mead with this honey from the bees I kept and one of
them was niwots vanilla mead recipe, (we sampled this on christmas it has gotten better with age).
The other batch is a Sparkling Mead and the last time I sampled it several years ago, it was
very similiar to champagne. I believe that I used Eau De Vie for the yeast strain.
 Well, Tonight being what it is, New Years Eve and all, I
Plan to sample a 10 year Old Bottle of this sparkled mead for posterity. It has been cellared
in the root cellar all this time.  Looking in thru the green glass, it appears the angels have
gotten about 1/8" share out of the bottle. I am hoping it is still pressured up and bubbly for
enjoyment this evening.  (this has been a start to finish project so to speak and I can't believe
that I have held out here in BFE whyo this long)

Happy New Years everyone!  CHEERS
« Last Edit: December 31, 2013, 03:29:32 PM by 1vertical »
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Re: True Story
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2013, 03:34:33 PM »
Sounds great !  Enjoy.
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Re: True Story
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2013, 03:40:24 PM »
I hope you report back tomorrow. I hope the sparkling mead was awesome. Happy New Year.
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Starkville, MS

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Re: True Story
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 03:46:57 PM »
I hope you report back tomorrow. I hope the sparkling mead was awesome. Happy New Year.
I will try to get a pic if I don't space it out.  Prolly only have the cell ph. camera which
is old school and not da bomb.
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Re: True Story
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 03:52:01 PM »
sounds awesome. Enjoy. Happy New year! Maybe I'll crack into a bottle of 4 year old sparkling mead (or, I guess, two and a half bottles, then the math works) and join you.
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Re: True Story
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2013, 05:24:31 PM »
Sugar from the land!  Fantastic.
Plus, I am envious of your cellar!

Best wishes for the new Year. 8)

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Re: True Story
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2013, 05:26:45 PM »
Nice story!  I hope it's perfect.
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Re: True Story
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2013, 05:30:53 PM »
Very cool. I hope it's great.

Cheers!
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Re: True Story
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2013, 06:40:50 PM »
From one beekeeper/meadmaker to another - Wassail!
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Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!
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Re: True Story
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2013, 11:08:34 PM »
Thanks carl....to report back it had a great POP and the little champagne bubbles
were still fizzing.  The mead was slightly sweet clear and light...SNEAKY...and good.
sorry missed the photo op  The samples evaporated into the gathering and compliments
were sent back in my direction....so, I am good with that!
« Last Edit: December 31, 2013, 11:21:20 PM by 1vertical »
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Re: True Story
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2014, 08:44:42 AM »
Congrats on the mead. We all knew it would be great ;)
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Re: True Story
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2014, 09:39:46 AM »
Awesome! My understanding is that mead can survive for a long time in the cellar. More than 20 years for sure.
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Re: True Story
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2014, 10:30:48 AM »
Awesome! My understanding is that mead can survive for a long time in the cellar. More than 20 years for sure.

I cannot see it lasting that long in MY cellar euge....lol... ;)
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Re: True Story
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2014, 01:33:52 PM »
great story!
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