Posts Tagged ‘mead’

Pale Horse Or Bust

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

pale_horse_logoToday I am going to try to make it to Pale Horse brewery. I’ve honestly been trying all week, but my schedule has been so overloaded that I just haven’t had the time. Here’s the problem though. Within the next 5 min I have to go get my final sizing and pick up my tux for my friends wedding,I also have to pick my bike up from the shop, and to top it all off today is the wedding rehearsal. That makes today a packed day too. My goal is to squeeze in the visit between my final sizing and picking up my bike. We’ll see if I can make it though. If I can make it I’ll get the write up done tonight after rehearsal and post it in the morning. If not… Well then I’ll just toss up some picks from the brew day for the pale ale.

Speaking of pail ale. This beer doesn’t seem to like staying in containers. I had multiple boilovers while cooking the wort, and now I’ve had to rig a blow off tube to my 6 gal carboy. I use a 6 gal one so that there is enough head space that I shouldn’t need a blow off tube. Also on the fermentation front my mead is about to get tossed. I have done everything I’ve been told with that thing and still the hydrometer hasn’t budged. I’ve pitched yeast twice, both times with nutrients and energizer. I stir like I’m supposed to, and oxygenate like I’m supposed to. When I stir it CO2 comes rushing out of the top of the carboy. Yet that hydrometer sits there taunting me while my mead grows darker every day. Anyone have any advice?

Recap

Friday, June 5th, 2009

crcawebOk, I just gotta get my wits about me by recapin the mead process day

The first thing I learned today is making mead is different then beer.

Mead needs yeast nutrients and energizer. It also needs oxygen which is a no no for beer once fermentation starts. It would have been smart to look this stuff up before hand, but instead I waited till almost 12 hours after I pitched my yeast.

I learned that I’m a confident driver when no one’s in the car.

I don’t drive…. ever. So driving to Homebrew Heaven for yeast nutrient today was nice without anyone in the car.

All the training I did may not be for nothing.

I got a call Wednesday saying the home we were working on opening was dead in the water. Turns out there is still potential signs of life.

When one homebrews, one makes due.

This should be the homebrewers motto. I needed to stir my must today. Turns out a sanitized carboy brush does wonders.

I can’t pair beers with food, but I can pair beers with cars

Today I wrote a post that may get published at PorschePerfect where I paired different beers with different Porsche models. I think it turned out rather well. When it does get put up I’ll post the link here so you guys can read it.

Lastly, don’t post after 10 pm when you are bored and have a buzz.

My First Mead

Friday, June 5th, 2009

honey

It’s 1:45 am here and I just put the airlock on my first mead.

This is an experiment I’ve been wanting to brew for awhile. Randomly today while I was running errands I swung by a local natural foods store and picked up 12 pounds of honey. Foolishly I thought this was enough. Even though the 12 pounds wasn’t enough it was even interesting trying to get that much.

First I had to find a store employee, then I had to ask what size tubs they had in the back. Turns out they only carry 45 pound tubs…. That was way too much. Next I had to fill 4 containers full of the sticky stuff, and then carry it to the checkout. Of course I also had to swing by the beer isle. Apparently it’s not every day that someone walks through the checkout isle with this much honey. Every single store employee that came by had questions about what I was doing, how I was making it and the like. Ironically after finding out I was making mead they carded me. Not for the honey that would turn into mead, but for the beer. I just find it strange that we just get done talking about the alcohol I was gonna make and they card me for beer.

So when all is said and done I finally got around to making the must. But prior to finishing the must I decided to run the recipe through a mead calculator. Turns out 12 pounds wasn’t enough. Problem was that all the stores close by that carry honey in bulk were closed. Panicked I hopped on the bike and ran to Safeway where I got 5 more pounds for my must. I got the must made, the yeast pitched, and now I’m just finishing the movie I was watching before I head to bed.

Here are the totals for the honey

11 pounds clover honey
6 pounds unfiltered raw honey

That’s alot of honey