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No scum! Please help...DIT

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NYMoogle

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I'm a first time mazer here, working on my first batch. I decided to boil my spices with the water, remove spices, and dissolve the honey in the simmering water. I've been watching it for about 20 minutes now, and no scum is forming! I have it at a low simmer, does the temp need to be higher for scum to form? Or is it really pure honey? Is that possible? Does scum take a while to form ???
Thanks in advance,
NYMoogle
 

Oskaar

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Take your must off the heat and let it cool. You're fine.

In the future be aware that you don't need to heat your honey.

Use the search tool and do a search on "No Heat" (without the double quotes) and you'll find a wealth of information on the subject.

Cheers,

Oskaar
 

NYMoogle

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Thank you very much! I will probably be posting frequently while this first batch is coming along.
 

Pewter_of_Deodar

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I find that the temperature that I get a scum forming is about 170F. I try not to go any higher than that. Then I whisk the tar out of the must and some amount of scum forms. The last batch I made used Dutch Gold Orange Blossom honey. I did note that this honey is pretty well strained and also that it's BRIX content is lower than the Orange Blossom I had previously used. As a result it produced very little scum and I gave up stirring after a while. The little bit of scum I did get was extremely sweet but also had a petroleum taste to it.

Remember that heating or not heating is a personal choice with no right or wrong answer. The best meads I have ever partaken of were made using heated (not boild) musts.
 
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