Thursday, June 28, 2012

Orange Blossom Mead

My second attempt at a mead is going to be more of an experimental batch than the first. As I may have mentioned Derek produced a standard mead so I want to keep my meads in the experimental range. To that end I am going to take a carbonated mead and add orange extract and vanilla extract to the bottles prior to capping.

I made this mead with all orange blossom honey.  I've enjoyed this honey on chicken and toasted bread. The honey is very sweet with light floral notes.

1.0 pkg Pasteur Champagne (Red Star)
2 lbs Honey (1.0 SRM) 100.0 %
2.00 Items* Vanilla Extract (@ Bottling)
3.00 Items* Orange Extract (@ Bottling)
*Approximate number of eye droplets to present in the nose.

Bottling Volume: 1.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.069 SG
Estimated Color: 2.4 SRM

I used Laney Farms California Orange Blossom Honey from a 19oz squeeze bottle. For the extracts I will use Orange Extract from Beanilla. I'll be using Tahitian Vanilla Extract. I've used these extracts in sodas I've made; it's a winning combination. I am hoping that as a subtle addition to a mead It'll be like a honey orange soda mead.

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