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Val

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So, am I the only Meridian on this board? :-[

Hmm, guess I'll have to fix that.
 

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S'ok Val, i think I'm the only one from An Tir. As far as I know (and I'm not actually IN the SCA so I could be wrong) we dont have an established brewing guild.

May have to look into that when I get time.
 

Val

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Well, I just posted a link here to the Meridian brewer's list, so maybe we'll get a few folks that way.

We don't have a guild, either :'(
 

remclave

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I live in the kingdom of Meridies within the Shire of Ardanroe.

The only problem is that since I'm not a member of the SCA (alas, I have researched it but don't know what or who to be.....) I feel uncomfortable posting in that part of the forums.
 

Val

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You can join up before you decide on a persona. Virtually everyone does, in fact.
 

briankettering

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Mynx said:
S'ok Val, i think I'm the only one from An Tir. As far as I know (and I'm not actually IN the SCA so I could be wrong) we dont have an established brewing guild.

May have to look into that when I get time.
I have found web pages for three Brewers Guilds in An Tir. I just posted those links in the An Tir forum.

Donal
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briankettering

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remclave said:
I live in the kingdom of Meridies within the Shire of Ardanroe.

The only problem is that since I'm not a member of the SCA (alas, I have researched it but don't know what or who to be.....) I feel uncomfortable posting in that part of the forums.
Just jump right into these forums. I know you'll learn a lot, whether you are part of the SCA or not.

Donal
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remclave

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Val said:
You can join up before you decide on a persona. Virtually everyone does, in fact.
:D

That is excellent to hear!

I checked the Shire and didn't find any local brewing guilds. Still, I talked to my husband and told him about brewing with the SCA in mind. He likes the idea but said, I don't have any oak barrels for aging. I told him they can be got.

This is a REALLY exciting time!
 

Val

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I don't know anyone who ages in oak barrels.

Actually, it's a moot point, mead in period wasn't aged. They did short meads and drank it immediately.
 

remclave

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Val said:
I don't know anyone who ages in oak barrels.

Actually, it's a moot point, mead in period wasn't aged. They did short meads and drank it immediately.
I think he meant barrels (kegs) for beer. Ah well, I'll stick to my mead! :D I am NOT a beer person! LOL!
 

briankettering

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Andrew Buhl said:
I am from AN TIR as well. BTW dont ever buy a USED oak barrel.
Storing mead in barrels previously used to store or ship sherry is a period (or slightly out-of-period) according to Digbie.

Did you have a problem with a used barrel?

Donal
 

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The problem isn't as severe with barrels that previously held hard liqour as the liqour is anti-septic. Barrels that held wine are prone to bacterial infections that can produce vinegar (or worse). This happens most frequently with barrels that have not been properly cleaned or have been warehoused outside. You can order new barrels and have them charred, but the barrels have to be conditioned and it's fairly expensive. You can do the same thing under more sanitary conditions by using oak chips or cubes in a carboy. Its cleaner and cheaper, and the results are much the same. If you wanted the 'renesance' feel for an SCA event, buy a small new barrel and seal the inside with beeswax or condition it and just use it at the event.

Salut!
 

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Hi Andrew,

Here in California the supply of second hand barrels is pretty easily accessible and they are of high quality. Many of the wineries sell them for a very reasonable price and they are in great shape and well cared for so they are not prone to infection nor will they produce vinegar. Anyone selling barrels like that would be drummed out the the barrel selling business in a hurry by his angry victims and the bureau of consumer affairs here in Sunny California. It's been my experience that poor maintenance and improper cleaning and storage of the barrels by the consumer is the problem with most barrel infections.

Also, using chips and cubes is in no way equivalent to barrel aging in extraction, aging, oak integration and flavor characters imbued to the mead aged in a barrel. Cubes and chips are very good and very convinient to use in your aging vessels and are definately less expensive, simpler and give a nice oak character to mead. But, there is a definate difference that can be tasted between oak alternatives and oak barrels in the end product. In wines I can generally tell you if it has been oaked with an alternative or in a barrel, there are of course exceptions.

Cheers,

Oskaar
 

Doc

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I have yet to join the SCA, but am planning on it shortly.

I am in North Alabama, and am a brewer as well as mead maker. Not much of a wine fan so I stay away fromt he grape makings....

Doc
 

Muirghein Tarot

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So we have a few others here who live in the south and put on strange clothing ( Are you in a play?) Well we may not have a guild but there is some good mead made in kingdom and some truly high octaine jet fuel by the way Doc what part of north Alabama? thirty five year native of Iron mountain (birmingham)
 
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Alkane

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Hi!..wait,no....Howdy!
I'll chime in since I'm in Alabama. Unfortunately I'm not in the SCA but thought I would at least give a Hail to everyone else in the Meridies.

Would have said hello sooner, but quite honestly this is the first time I've scrolled the main forum page down past the mewbie section ;D
 

Yarmur

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Just wanted to say hello as well and until I just looked up what the SCA is, I had no idea. I live in panhandle of Florida a stones throw country mile from Tupelo country. Glad to meet ya'll.

Chris