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#1 pharmer



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 12:07 PM

my bees have given me two different looking honeys this year


one light gold in color


the other, possibly 7 filtered pounds, is a mid-color about the same a store bought maple syrup


is either of these better for making mead with?


and can crystallized honey be used for mead?

Edited by pharmer, 11 August 2019 - 12:18 PM.

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#2 Juthro


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 03:14 PM

I've never made mead, but from my use of non commercial honey I find the darker the honey, the stronger the flavor.  My gut tells me that both will make good mead, but they will taste slightly different.


The crystalized stuff will reliquify if you put its container into a hot water bath and let it heat up. It won't hurt the honey at all. They say you can also use the microwave, but I've never done it that way.   We use honey a lot in cooking, and it's easier to get out of the bulk containers and mix into recipes when it's liquified, but it doesn't change the taste one way or the other as far as I can tell.





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Posted 13 August 2019 - 09:58 AM



thanks Juthro!

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:56 PM

In general, stronger-flavored honeys make for more characterful meads. If in doubt, make both and you can blend to taste after secondary.

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 07:36 AM

I agree that they will have a different taste, but both will work well. Blending might be the right option when completed, or give the one away you do not like. I nominate myself to test this batch. :biggrin:



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