Stirred the one that had a thick layer of honey on the bottom (why did I think that would dissolve?). Added yeast-stop

I Painstakingly Cleaned All These Bloody Bottles And Now The Mead Isn't Ready To Bottle, A Homebrewers Lament

1004 - 15%
Doesn't seem to be anything appley about this apart from the acidity. Makes me wonder what making a batch of all-juice (no or v. little water) would do.
+ 500 gr honey. + yeast stop

~1020 (hard to tell with the fizz) and 17%
Little bit fizzy. Not super sweet, but palatable
 + yeast stop + 10cc oak extract + bentonite

I'm bummed out because I thought I would bottle and then start new batches (the new yeast arrived) but things just weren't ready to come out of the demi. I want to try something with orange juice. Maybe when I've got some cash to spare I'll get some more 2L vessels. I do enjoy the 2L batches for their speed.

Tuve (2L batch)
900gr pine honey
Port yeast
small amount of yeast starter

Pine honey is dark and spicey, so I'm super curious about how that will turn out.



By now I've had it so long (since 08/2009) that I can't accept it's been a waste of honey, time and space. I swear in 10 years I will still be racking this once a year and thinking 'one more year, then I'll drain it'.

Anyway, I don't know why this didn't occur to me before, but given the SG of 1000, it couldn't possibly taste good - I just don't like dry meads. Before I didn't want to risk wasting honey by sweetening something I worried might just be off, but it is starting to smell better, so maybe there's hope. I added 500 gr honey and will look at it again.. well, probably next year.


Shattered Spankerboom
This looked done, but started fizzing like crazy when I moved it. Racking was a pain
~16% alcohol (hard to say with that fizz)
Very acidic. Added 250gr rosemary honey.

Quite Windy
1002 - REALLY weirded out by this. My notes say it had the same honey:water proportions as Rock and Roll, which fermented out at 1020!
Very dry and acidic. Added 80gr of pine honey and ~150gr plain forest honey.

long awaited update

So it's almost a year since I even touched my brewings. I moved over summer and I could just never motivate myself to scrape all the tools from their various places in the shed.

Bottled two things:

1070 and 19%
Syrupy sweet and heavy. I added a little oak extract to give it something interesting.

Rock and Roll
1020 and 17%
Initially confused by the taste, but it's spiced mead. Sweet ish but not nearly as syrupy
This is 11 months old and was never racked, so there was a thick layer of sludge. Not my most strategic move ever, because that made it a pain to bottle nicely.
Got 6 good bottles and a bottle of sludge I added bentonite to in the hope I might rack off some good stuff later.