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Help Oskaar - Gotmead Recipe Contest


Lifetime Patron
Lifetime GotMead Patron
Aug 19, 2005
Milwaukee, WI
Congrats guys. Nice recipes, both. It will be interesting to see the final recipe too. I hope to be at Meadfest when the final product is unveiled for tasting.


PS - Oskaar, any tips on my ideas are always very much appreciated. Always need to learn more.


Registered Member
Jun 10, 2006
Thanks, Angus. Words cannot express just how excited I am about this. Heck, I almost didn't even enter a recipe! (I'm fairly unsure of myself, at this point.) I assure you, I will be learning scads off of these guys. I am in great company, and I've won more than a membership to this site...

Anyways, I think it'll be some spectacular stuff, to say the least. With Oskaar at the helm, how can we go wrong?


Senior Member
Lifetime GotMead Patron
Mar 17, 2006
I have to second what Angus said... CONGRATS!!! I look forward to reading the progress of this elixir and I hope you all walk away with a medal in '08!!


Got Mead Partner
Dec 26, 2004
The OC
Yup, it's going to need some time to mellow. The pecan honey is a very powerful ingredient and will take some time to mellow. I've racked three times now and it is clear. It needs some time to structure and integrate a bit more before I start adjusting with oak and additional spices. It's on the right track, it's just a very big mead that needs time to develop complexity. Right now it's very disjointed and mono-dimensional.

Thanks for the nudge,



Got Mead Partner
Dec 26, 2004
The OC

6 gallon yield

10 lbs Arizona Mountain Pecan honey
06 lbs Arizona Mesquite honey
04 lbs Meadowfoam honey

04 whole Jamaican allspice (smacked lightly with a mallet once, add 2 to primary and 2 more to secondary if needed)
03 quills Ceylon cinnamon (bruised by hand, 1 in primary and 1 in secondary if needed)
02 whole Grenadian nutmeg (smacked lightly with a mallet and abraded lightly, add to primary in separate bag and monitor flavor addition after day 2 remove when flavor is correct)

02 oz Med Toast+ American Oak cubes in secondary
02 grams Tannin Galalcool in primary
.25 lb Dates soaked in Mexican Coca-Cola

20 grams GoFerm rehydrated in 100 ml H20
02 grams DAP at end of lag phase
04 grams Fermaid K at end of lag phase
06 grams Fermaid K at 1/3 sugar break
04 grams Fermaid K at 2/3 sugar break

16 grams Lallemand ICV-D254

From the ICV regarding ICV-D254:

1. Yeast Presentation:
This Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast was isolated in 1988 in Gallician (Costières de Nîmes area, south of the Rhone Valley) by ICV. It is neutral to competition factor K2 phenotype. This enological yeast was selected to develop complex and mature aromatic and gustatory properties of red Mediterranean wines. It was selected from 620 different isolates of the Rhone Valley.

2. Main technical characteristics:
•Moderate fermentation speed during the active phase: extension of the fermentative phase for long macerations.
•Good resistance to difficult alcoholic fermentation conditions: low concentration of usable nitrogen, high alcohol content potential.
•High SO2 consumption during fermentation.
•Malolactic friendly
•Significant production of mannoproteins during fermentation and considerable release ("relargage") during the post-fermentative stage, resulting in a voluminous gustatory profile, both rich and long, and contributing to the stabilisation of the polyphenolic system.

3. Precautions:
•Sensitive to high temperatures (> 28°C), particularly at the beginning of fermentation.
•Apply carefully Mediterranean fermentation good practices with high maturity grapes.
•Requires numerous aerations during the active stage of fermentation, particularly for juices lacking in nutrients and very rich in sugar.

4. Present applications:
•Top range red Mediterranean wines to develop mature, smooth and concentrated aromas and to express richness on the palate with smooth tannins. Very good synergy when blended with wines made with ICV D80 and ICV D21 yeasts.
•Middle range red Mediterranean wines to coat vegetal sensations of imperfectly ripe grapes
•Top range white and rosé wines fermented in barrels: develops buttery aromatic and gustatory characteristics.

As of 07/2007

This is a robust mead with a big presence. I am actively adjusting the character of this mead as I write this. I have zested in some Tarocco Orange Peel, Plumello Peel, and Key Lime peel as well. I have also added some incredible dates from the Arabic Market (Super King) down the street from me. The owner flagged me down when I was buying some Halal lamb for dinner one day and told me he had some one of a kind dates. I tried them and for some reason on the way home I decided to stop off at my favorite Mexican Taqueria and get some soft tacos for dinner. Well they had the Made in Mexico Coca-Colas so I bought a couple of them and it seemed like the Coke and the Dates were made for each other. I've used this recently in brewing as well.