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Date: 23 Apr 93 23:20:17 MDT (Fri)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dick Dunn)
Subject: re: Mead Yeasts
Steve Dempsey <email@example.com> wrote, a bit ago,
> I’ve been disappointed by ale yeasts, which don’t tolerate the alcohol.
> They work ok if you like the old style fresh mead of low gravity, which
> is consumed practically out of the fermenter. Also, yeasts which have
> high phenol production like the german wheat beer yeasts don’t work well
> with mead [I have 3 gallons of sparkling Listerine/medicine flavored mead
> if anyone wants to try some].
I’ve been having much greater luck with mead being ready young (after < 1
year aging) lately, but puzzling over what I’ve been doing differently, and
Steve seems to have pointed it out: yeast makes more difference than I’ve
I’m also glad to have someone mention "that Listerine taste"! We’ve had
a lot of that in the past, meads that have honestly taken > 5 years to
mature, but have finally come around. Don’t give up on them…but on the
other hand, don’t use the same techniques (or, mainly, yeast!).
We didn’t use wheat-beer yeasts, but we did use various "beer" yeasts along
the way, and they’ve caused more difficulty than I’d expected in bringing
mead to maturity.
Dick Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org -or- raven!rcd Boulder, Colorado USA
…Simpler is better.
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