oh, honey

Nov. 21st, 2013 01:25 pm
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A couple of nights ago, [livejournal.com profile] diermuid started two smallish batches of mead. I'd say "we" started it, but really...he did all the work. I just hovered, asked questions, and offered to lick up honey drippings. YUM. I think he was really excited to start this -- a most proper art for bears, you know -- after a nearly ten-year hiatus. I know I'm excited to be learning.

We started one batch of "straight mead," and one batch with a white grape juice "kicker" in the mix. Both one-gallon jugs are burbling away on the kitchen counter. I'll be glad to move those down to the basement over the weekend, where I will fret less about accidentally knocking them over. Not sure if we'll start another two batches this weekend or not. It's a surprisingly affordable hobby, given that we've got the jugs and most of the other supplies in the house already.

Two months from now, we'll [verb] the contents of the bigger jugs into smaller bottles, and then test one of the smaller bottles every month or so for up to a year. Hard to say precisely when it'll be done, but we'll take notes along the way so we can duplicate anything particularly awesome and share with friends in the future. SCIENCE!

This wasn't on my 101 in 1001 list, but it really should have been. I'm pleased enough that I might add it just so I can check it off.
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