Subject: Mead Lover's Digest #1286, 31 October 2006

Mead Lover's Digest #1286 Tue 31 October 2006


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Re: Jim and Morisa Racking ("Jim Fleming")
racking intervals ("Rick")


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Subject: Re: Jim and Morisa Racking
From: "Jim Fleming" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 14:10:45 -0400

Dan… (and the rest of the Group too)

We thank you very much for your encouragement…

We're going to commit yet another cardinal sin….

We intend to use about 15 lbs of commercial, processed generic honey
to start our next batch of mead…

We're not going to concern ourselves (this time) with all the
possibilities and such of all of the various possibilites of Orange
Blossom, Heather, Clover, or what ever kind of flavors of honey there


We simply want good, sweet, plain mead. Something alcoholic, and at
the time nicely sweet, almost dessert wine sweet…

We probably could get what we're looking for simply by mixing the
proper proportions of Everclear, water and Honey… But we'd prefer
to make it with yeast for a start… LOL!!!

<wink! wink! at the shudders of the mead makers that're out there!>


Jim and Morisa

> Subject: Re: Jim and Morisa Racking
> From: "Dan McFeeley" <>
> Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 04:09:42 -0500


> Patience is a virtue in meadmaking, but it's the kind of
> patience needed in avoiding jumping the gun. Patience
> in meadmaking isn't sitting by, waiting and waiting, it's
> knowing your mead and knowing when it's ready. From
> what you've been saying, you've been very patient!


> JAO is a really easy recipe, yielding good results in a
> short amount of time. It can be drinkable almost right
> away, but nine months of bulk aging can also get good
> results. "Hot" alcholic tastes should subside after awhile.


> Myself, I don't bother with gravity readings when making
> a JAO. So long as I follow the Ancient One's instructions,
> rack when clear for bulk aging, let it sit for awhile before
> bottling, it comes out great.


> Meadmakers, as a group, are a very congenial community.
> It seems to go with the territory. Keep posting here and
> keep us updated on your mead ventures!

> > <><><><><><><><><><>
> <><><><><><><><>

> Dan McFeeley


> "Meon an phobail a thogail trid an chultur"
> (The people's spirit is raised through culture)

Subject: racking intervals
From: "Rick" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 22:31:47 -0500

I need a rule of thumb to know how often to rack. My first mead is
beautiful, clear, bubbly, and tastes somewhat sour. I think I let it
sit on the lees too long. It probably sat in the carboy 3 months
between rackings(4 rackings total). I was very busy with school and
work. How long is long enough, so that I know that I'm not too early,
but not so long as to ruin the taste?


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