hist-brewing: Clearing meads

Bella Messenger pigeon at howling.com
Fri Jul 5 08:21:20 PDT 2002


I've used irish moss to clear meads. Add to the water during boiling, then with the heat off, add the honey.
Never had an infected batch, and I don't use sulfites.
Other non-chemical tricks to clear mead (many AHA judges do downgrade for clarity problems): cold-fining, patience (even mango will clear given enough time).
pigeon

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Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 19:01:13 GMT
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>    3. Re: boiling (Henry Davis)
>    4. Re: boiling (Owen Hutchins)
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> Date: Wed,  3 Jul 2002 15:50:21 -0500 (CDT)
> From: brewinfo at xnet.com (BrewInfo)
> Subject: hist-brewing: to boil or not to boil?
> 
> Boiling mead must will give you a clearer mead with less aroma.  If you
> don't boil, you'll have a slighly hazier mead with more aroma.
> 
> I prefer to not boil.  I didn't boil the must on my mead that won 1st
> place for Traditional Mead at the 1997 AHA National Competition.  It
> was hazy, but the judges didn't mind.
> 
> All I did was boil the water, take it off the heat, add the honey, stir,
> cool, add a pinch of Fermax (ok, it wasn't a period mead), pitched
> yeast and let it go for several months.  Bottled still.
> 
> Al.
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> Message: 2
> From: PBLoomis at aol.com
> Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 22:10:31 EDT
> Subject: Re: hist-brewing: to boil or not to boil?
> To: hist-brewing at pbm.com
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> In a message dated 7/3/02 3:51:29 PM Central Daylight Time, brewinfo at xnet.com 
> writes:
> 
> > I prefer to not boil.  I didn't boil the must on my mead that won 1st
> >  place for Traditional Mead at the 1997 AHA National Competition.  It
> >  was hazy, but the judges didn't mind.
> >  
> >  All I did was boil the water, take it off the heat, add the honey, stir,
> >  cool, add a pinch of Fermax (ok, it wasn't a period mead), pitched
> >  yeast and let it go for several months.  Bottled still.
> >  
>     That's what I've been doing lately, but I add ammonium phosphate
> to the water before I boil it, rather than Fermax after.
>     Scotti
> 
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> Message: 3
> Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2002 23:37:55 -0700
> To: hist-brewing at pbm.com
> From: Henry Davis <henry at henry-davis.com>
> Subject: Re: hist-brewing: boiling
> 
> Hi Scotti,
> 
> Going to Pennsic?
> 
> > >
> >     You don't have to understand the Why to observe and act on the What.
> >Clinical observation is a very pragmatic way to do public health.
> 
> Unfortunately the connection between the cleanliness of water and health 
> was not a very well established item until well after the 16th century. 
> Witness the placement of outhouses and water sources next to each other and 
> then folks wondered why certain communicable diseases florished.
> 
> > >
> > >  It's useful to remember that medieval field workers expended a large
> >number
> > >  of calories (estimated at 6,000 calories or more per day by Richard W.
> > >  Unger PhD). Unger's thesis is that the small beer supplied both liquid 
> > and
> > >  calories at a level that the workers could not become intoxicated. My
> > >  estimation is that small beer has about 60 calories per pint, or close to
> > >  500 calories per gallon. (Besides, it tastes pretty good ;>)
> > >
> >     IIRC, the only jobs that burn more than 4000 calories are saturation
> >diving and northwoods logging in winter.  Metabolic anomalies like teenage
> >boys and my friend Harry Alm may also burn that much.
> 
> FWIW, 6000 Kcalories per day is about 6 horse power-hours. Not a totally 
> unreasonable work output for a 12 hour day (yes by modern day measurements 
> it may be extreme). Even at 4000 Kcalories the calories in small beer are 
> significant. IN a 10 hour day, a 160 lb person will expend 3840 calories 
> digging in a garden or carrying wood, 4600 chopping wood, 3450 doing 
> general gardening, 6150 general forestry, 5380 masonry, etc.
> 
> Henry
> 
> 
> >     Scotti
> >
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> Message: 4
> From: "Owen Hutchins" <owenbrau at earthlink.net>
> To: <hist-brewing at pbm.com>
> Subject: Re: hist-brewing: boiling
> Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 07:36:30 -0400
> 
> I'll be going to Pennsic. House Kaffa will be on E01, most likely along The
> Strand. I recently found one of my old bottles in my parents' garage, I
> think it's Dandelion Mead, and if so, it was bottled in 1991. It is going
> with me.
> Owen
> "English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other
> languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets
> for loose grammar."
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