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Old 04-12-2016, 06:49 PM   #1
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The following meads are based on recipes from Groennfell Meadery, http://www.groennfell.com the owner Ricky is awesome and will discuss his recipes with anyone who asks (Facebook is the simplest way).

My version of their Valkyrie''s choice mead was 850g of tesco finest orange blossom honey which I pasteurised in 1L of water, mixed with cold water to the shoulder of the demijohn, added 1 tsp nutrient (Tronozymol) and pitched half a pack of Lalvin D47. When it was done fermenting I racked off the yeast onto 42g honey which I'd boiled in some water and topped up to the neck of the demijohn, then bottled. It tasted great at this stage and should only improve with carbonation.

To make the autumn spice version you blend 3 parts of the above mead with 1 part spice tea. As I was doing a small test batch I made 4.5L mead as above then after priming and topping up I siphoned off 1.5L and added 0.5L tea.

500 ml tea: 10g chamomile, 10g cinnamon sticks, 5g nutmeg, 4g star anise. I steeped it in boiled water for a bit, think it was while I did the racking and priming, then added the primed mead on top and bottled.

Spiced mead needs a month in the bottle for the flavours to blend but i'll be tasting the plain one next weekend.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:48 PM   #2
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Quite a bit of nutmeg in there, you'll be fast asleep after a glass or two
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Is nutmeg a sedative? Or just that an 8% brew will cause sleepiness?
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Is nutmeg a sedative?
Bit more than that. Here's wiki extract:

Psychoactivity and toxicity

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In low doses, nutmeg produces no noticeable physiological or neurological response, but in large doses, raw nutmeg has psychoactive effects.[16][unreliable medical source?] In its freshly ground form (from whole nutmegs), nutmeg contains myristicin, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor and psychoactive substance.[17] Myristicin poisoning can induce convulsions, palpitations, nausea, eventual dehydration, and generalized body pain.[18] For these reasons, whole or ground nutmeg cannot be imported into Saudi Arabia except in spice mixtures where it comprises less than 20%.[19][20] It is also reputed to be a strong deliriant.
Fatal myristicin poisonings in humans are very rare, but three have been reported, including one in an 8-year-old child[21] and another in a 55-year-old adult, with the latter case attributed to a combination with flunitrazepam.[22]
In case reports, raw nutmeg produced anticholinergic-like symptoms, attributed to myristicin and elemicin.[21][23][24]
Intoxications with nutmeg had effects that varied from person to person, but were often reported to be an excited and confused state with headaches, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, and memory disturbances. Nutmeg was also reported to induce hallucinogenic effects, such as visual distortions and paranoid ideation. Intoxication took several hours before the maximum effect was reached. Effects and aftereffects lasted up to several days.
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2. Blackberry & sloe 1dj 24.9.16 aging
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5. 2x Dried elderflower 23.3.17
6. Cranberry Wow 11.3.17 - bottled
7. Blackberry & sloe 27.8.16 - aging
8. Pomegranate wow 23.2.17 - clearing slowly
9. Blackberry & sloe 26.8.16 aging
10.Crab Apple Wine 3.9.16 aging
11. Cranberry Wine 6.2.17 Clear
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Nice, 5g was about a nutmeg and a quarter. And it's a commercial recipe so prolly safe enough. Wouldn't dose a session brew like that though.
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I have had the poisoning effect of nutmeg, it's a killer, lasted all week, I'll never put it in a brew again. About the same amount as you but drank all. I've never seen pupils like it before, mine were rippling for days and minor halucinting and pain allover muscles, took a skinfull of cider to clear it
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About the same amount as you but drank all.
What do you mean by this? You also put ~5g per gallon but drank a lot of it at once? Chances are I'll be splitting a 500 ml bottle between 2 when we drink it.

One website suggests that 0.2 oz (or just over 5g) is enough to induce convulsions were 0.3 oz brings on the hallucinations. Myristicin is insoluble in water but soluble in ethanol, this means I should be fine as i steeped my spices in water then strained the tea and added it. Definitely won't be adding nutmeg to a fermenter in future, my wife added some to her spiced cider but only a small bit, I've added more to rice pudding.

Thanks for the warning.
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Quite a bit of nutmeg in there, you'll be fast asleep after a glass or two

Maybe add some wormwood in there for added entertainment?
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The blend of spices combined with no carbonation made the spiced mead taste fairly weird. Not overly to my taste so glad there's only 3 bottles. I think the issue was the star anise, it also wrecked a batch of turbo cider.
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Just cracked the last bottle of the straight sparkling mead and it's actually really fizzy now, similar to the other brews I've done to 2.5 vols according to GH''s book. To be honest, it was probably nicer with the gentle sparkle rather than the full on fizz it has now, but still tasty and very drinkable. Just checked my notes and it's been in the bottle 6 months yesterday. Not sure when I had my last bottle as I've just started taking detailed tasting note with the dates added.

The wife has asked me to make another batch as an alternative to the endless beer. She hasn't been buying cider since I started brewing.
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