Mead Lover's Digest #1489 Sun 19 September 2010

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Re: Mead Lover's Digest #1488, 11 September 2010 (
Re: Mead Lover's Digest #1488, 11 September 2010 ("Dennis Key")
digest longevity (Mead Lovers Digest)
where to buy mead (Ian Huang)

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Subject: Re: Mead Lover's Digest #1488, 11 September 2010
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:13:52 EDT

Big caveat: Do not use a pectic enzyme late in the process as it produces
methanol as a by-product. Better to live with a hazy melomel than go
dave lustig

In a message dated 9/11/2010 8:29:18 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

I have a cranberry melomel with pectin haze. Treatment ?

John Cleal

Subject: Re: Mead Lover's Digest #1488, 11 September 2010
From: "Dennis Key" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:27:25 -0600


This is why I no longer use corked bottles. I began some time ago enjoying
Steinlager in 750 ml crown cap bottles and Grolsch in bale cap bottles. I
now have several cases of each and use them to bottle all my meads.

I too have run batches to "completion", watching the last carboy like a hawk
for bubbles through the lock, taking serial S.G. readings until they are
unchanging for a month and even adding potassium sorbate at the final
racking. All too often the result has been bottle rockets, a sticky mess
and a highly annoyed spouse. Now, if it recarbonates, I enjoy the
unexpected sparkling mead with clean walls and floors!

Waissil! Dione Greywolfe

> >
> > About 10 days after bottling the first corks began
> > to blow off. I uncorked an intact bottle and found that the mead had a very
> > nice head – too much – and lots of sparkle. The taste was still pretty good.
> > Though I was hoping that had dried out a bit I cannot say for sure
> > that it did. SG was about 1.01 or maybe if I was optimistic 1.008. I did
> > not use any sulfate at any time and would prefer to avoid it if possible.

Subject: digest longevity
From: (Mead Lovers Digest)
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:18:28 -0600 (MDT)

Meant to address this point…a few digests back, Mark Ottenberg noted:

> > And I remember someone putting the question out some years ago if the
> > digest should be shut down now that we've reached issue 1000. "What
> > else is there to say?"
> >
> > This issue seems to answer: "We've only begun to start a bubblin'…" 🙂
I don't recall contemplating shutting the digest down at 1000! But
certainly it would have been a matter to consider. And that was seven and
a half years ago.

Yes, a lot has been said…BUT (for better AND worse) a lot has been said
wrong, or not-quite-right, or "huh?!?". So we keep learning and fixing our
mistakes, and the ingredients and process get more predictable. I think

  • -that- is why the digest keeps muddling along. It's not just helping the

new folks; it's correcting our own misunderstandings and filling in the

As for how long this thing will keep going…I dunno, but unless something
goes way-wrong, I figure I'm good 'til issue 2000. There WILL need to be
some modernization! (OK, those of you running Windows 98, just calm down!)

Mead-Lover's Digest
Dick Dunn, Digest Janitor Boulder County, Colorado USA

Subject: where to buy mead
From: Ian Huang <>
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 08:13:26 +0700

hi, i like to buy honey mead,
but the problem is i am in Indonesia,
do you know any company / store which can sell and delivered honey mead to
indonesia ???


best regards

Ian Wijaya

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