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bales
post Jul 22 2007, 11:57 AM
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I have made a few meads [12], and I just finished teaching a mead class to get people interested in meads. We had a great turn out and got to try about 25 meads in the two classes. We got at least 6 meads made and 2 bottled. It was a real eye opener, as I can't really be called a teacher in meads but it sure was great to pool all of the money and get to order all of those meads. Still got another 5 bottles of meads left to try.

However a few cool guys brought in some meads named Viking's Blood and another with Caraway seeds. These were definitely of the Polish style yet tasted really good (compared to old and stale, soy souce meads we usually have from Poland). Compared to the other Polish meads I have had, these were really good and 21% strong. But I also had sampled 10 others before it that day. Tasted sweet, yet tawny, orange-brown and had some aging effects that weren't the usual "raisiny" [port] flavors from that extra year or two.

So what goes into a Polish style mead. I did a search and see nothing on this board. I am thinking a wild flower sack mead on oak - aged at least 2-3 years? Yeast? A clean champange style one like Avize? EC1118 [i hate it]? I don't think D47 or other sweet meads or white wine yeasts will work on this. Probably about 1.150, oak, champange + time? Got any ideas?
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post Aug 29 2008, 11:21 PM
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All this on Polish meads, has anybody got one going?

I started a Piątniak just after making the last post. Are there any other flavors/spices to add to that particular Polish mead?
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post Sep 12 2008, 10:29 PM
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I started one using dark (fall) local honey last year, when I started this thread. It did not do well and I added more water (to 6g) and then it fermented well and I bottled it. Being 24# of dark fall honey, it was rather phenolic yet nutty flavored. Local fall honey here ferments a tad phenolic in aroma. That is fine for ABC or blackberries or the like, but not some Polish knockoff.

Might be ok to add a # or 2 of the dark stuff for the final addition. I like the taste of the dark honey but its too weird fermented. It is pretty consistant with the phenols accross the years.

I think a better mix would be some Lyle's sryup (go easy) and just use clover honey with some spices and a touch of fruit or raisins.

I plan on some more exotic Polish ones this fall. I got some access to some good honey for a good price (next to nothing I think) and have some primaries open again. I plan on 1g/3g honey/water and then add 1g honey in a few steps as it ferments it way down. Well at least I hope so. I also plan to use EC1118 yeast (which I normally can't stand). With honey being added late in teh ferment this yeast will not ruin the taste of the mead. That and age and some oak chips. At that price I can afford to try some stuff I would not normally attempt. I have never had much luck with mixing more honey in later on. And a bottle or two of everclear....or I might have to distill this never ending tupelo mead that won't stop and use it to boost this mead into the range I am looking for.
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bales   how to make a Polish mead?   Jul 22 2007, 11:57 AM
wayneb   Polish meads are traditionally formulated by volum...   Jul 23 2007, 05:17 PM
moonjava   QUOTE(wayneb @ Jul 23 2007, 05:17 PM) Pol...   Aug 2 2007, 10:05 AM
MtnBrewer   Wayne, great summary! Any idea about the Polis...   Jul 23 2007, 06:23 PM
Hop Mania   wow, so many jokes to be made....   Jul 23 2007, 09:58 PM
wayneb   Brimminghorn, I commend you on intuitively figurin...   Jul 23 2007, 10:27 PM
brimminghorn   QUOTE(wayneb @ Jul 23 2007, 11:27 PM) Bri...   Jul 24 2007, 04:41 PM
bales   I really appreciate all of the info here. I am go...   Jul 28 2007, 06:19 PM
brimminghorn   QUOTE(bales @ Jul 28 2007, 07:19 PM) I re...   Jul 28 2007, 07:42 PM
bales   I will. I got 10 carboys I am not using at the mo...   Jul 28 2007, 10:05 PM
wayneb   moonjava (archie), Welcome to this thread and than...   Aug 2 2007, 02:38 PM
bales   Thanks guys! I went and bought a vial of the ...   Aug 4 2007, 06:54 PM
wayneb   Good luck with that yeast. I've never had suc...   Aug 4 2007, 09:24 PM
wayneb   Well, a meadmaking colleague has recently uncovere...   Sep 1 2007, 06:56 PM
ScubaStuff   QUOTE(wayneb @ Sep 1 2007, 04:56 PM) Well...   Feb 19 2008, 09:42 AM
male   QUOTE(wayneb @ Sep 1 2007, 06:56 PM) Well...   Dec 12 2008, 09:57 AM
male   QUOTE(male @ Dec 12 2008, 09:57 AM) Wayne...   Feb 11 2015, 03:16 AM
BeesNBrews   New reply on an old topic... Since I am bottling ...   Aug 18 2008, 09:43 PM
BeesNBrews   All this on Polish meads, has anybody got one goin...   Aug 29 2008, 11:21 PM
bales   I started one using dark (fall) local honey last y...   Sep 12 2008, 10:29 PM
stout_fan   Well, First off it helps to be Polish Just jokin...   Sep 23 2008, 12:45 PM
male   QUOTE(stout_fan @ Sep 23 2008, 12:45 PM) ...   Dec 12 2008, 09:44 AM


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