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Mead Lover's Digest #0507 Sun 3 November 1996


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Re: Mead Lover's Digest #506, 30 October 1996 (Brett Taylor)
Thanks to All ("Michael B. Roberts, MD FACS")
Re: Chili pepper metheglin (Leigh Ann Hussey)
Re: Chili Pepper Metheglin (Sean Cox)
Chili Pepper Metheglin (
Oranges and Mead ("Gaute Gunleiksrud")


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Subject: Re: Mead Lover's Digest #506, 30 October 1996
From: Brett Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 16:17:03 -0700 (MST)

Hi all,

I am moderately new to mead making (I've made one raspberry melomel that
turned out great) and I am looking to make some more. Having just been
to the Great American Beer Festival and having a wonderful tupelo honey
hefeweizen I thought it might be really nice to make a tupelo honey
mead. The problem is I can't FIND tupelo honey anywhere. I can't get it
locally (hey, I'm in Montana) and I haven't been able to find it anywhere
on any of the web homebrew stores. I even tried doing a web search for
tupelo honey but that just gets me thousands of links to Van Morrison's

So I was wondering if anyone out there knows of a place I can order
tupelo honey from. If you do I would sure appreciate knowing about it.
Thanks a lot.

Brett Taylor

Subject: Thanks to All
From: "Michael B. Roberts, MD FACS" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 19:03:22 -0500

In #505 I posted a note that my cyser had been sitting in a carboy for one
week with no active fermentation. You have been good enough to send some
very welcome suggestions.

The upshot of all this is that after 10 days the cyser still had a pleasant
odor and tasted very good. I added another 10 grams of rehydrated ale
yeast, vit B, and adjusted the pH to near 4 with calcium carbonate. Now
the yeast activity is very good. This might be a save.


Michael B. Roberts, MD FACS

Subject: Re: Chili pepper metheglin
From: Leigh Ann Hussey <>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 17:33:34 -0800

I thought for sure people had seen this before, but maybe not.
Here it is again:

The Evil Californian's Infamous Chili Mead

2 lb honey (I usually use "Wild Mountain" coz it's cheap)
8 oz Taos brand "chili honey"
1 t crushed dried habanero
1/2 t tannin powder
1/4 t citric acid
1/2 t champagne yeast
1 t yeast nutrient

Boil the honeys together with 1 gal water for 5 minutes; add crushed
dried chili right at the end. Pour into a gallon wine jug, add acid and
tannin and let cool, then add yeast and nutrient. Set airlock on it and
let ferment until clear. You may want to rack it off the lees at least
once during the ferment. Bottle and age as desired.

You can get "chili honey" from the manufacturer by calling 505-758-4350,
or through some hot sauce catalogs. To make an acceptable substitute,
grind 2 parts dried hot red NM chilis with 1 part honey in a food
processor until pasty. This would also work well with 3 lb honey for a
sweeter mead.

Subject: Re: Chili Pepper Metheglin
From: (Sean Cox)
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 1996 10:29:30 -0500 (EST)

>From: Tidmarsh Major <>

>Mark Dallara asks about chili pepper metheglins in MLD 505. I've no
>experience with such, but a friend of mine made a habanero stout that was
>less than successful, so I'd recommend using a milder pepper to allow for
>more pepper flavor than pure heat.

I made a Habanero Pale Ale about a year ago that turned out fairly

nicely. I used 2 (count 'em, two) diced peppers in 5 gallons of low-hops
Pale ale in the primary. The peppers were right off the pepper plant in my
kitchen, so they were pretty fresh 🙂

The 2/5gal ration gave a very low aroma (but detectable) and a mild

chili flavor, although after 2 beers, your mouth, esophagus, and tummy felt
nice and warm 🙂 The flavor actually aged out pretty quickly, and in about
6 weeks after it was bottled it had lost almost all its effect.

I haven't tried using them in a mead so far (the summer was so cool

this year that the peppers never really ripened!) but I'd go for probably 2-3
in a gallon, expecting to age it for a while and still wanting some flavor to
be there–I'd also put them in the secondary next time, as the primary kept
belching out the tasty aromas that I'd have rather kept in the beer.

Be sure to let us know how it turns out! (I might be able to report

if I can get my in-laws to send me a couple peppers from their plants…)

  • -Sean

Sean Cox, Systems Engineer FactSet Research Systems Greenwich, CT

Subject: Chili Pepper Metheglin
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 1996 09:34:41 -0500

This is in response to those who are inquiring about Chili Pepper Metheglins.

I have made several and have found a few recipes to be very falvorful and
just plain old good to drink. Here is what I would recommend for all of you
first time Chili Pepper brewers. I used about 12 ounces of Anaheim chilies
and 1 ounce of Cerrano chili and boiled them in a nylon bag for about 20
minutes in about 1/2 a gallon of water. I removed the chilies and added the
12 pounds honey and boiled at 150 degree F for about 15 minutes. I added 1/2
a teaspoon of acid blend and 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast nutrient. Cooled the
must to 75 degrees F, and pitched some K1V-1116 yeast. After 4 days of
fementation, I added 5 whole "Red Devil Chilies" and allowed to ferment to
completion (about 6 weeks). Bottled and stashed away for 6 months, it tastes
great and it is not very hot but it does tickle the back of your throat.

You might try either using raw of even roasted chilies they both add their
own special flavors.

Rodney (

Subject: Oranges and Mead
From: "Gaute Gunleiksrud" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Nov 1996 20:39:34 +0000

Anyone got any experiences with orange mead?
I'm thinking about it, and I have 12 lbs of honey just waiting to be
used. So if any recipies with lots of oranges or orange juice I would
welcome any suggestions.

Gaute Gunleiksrud

"Everything is true

Everything is permissible!"

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