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Old 01-02-2017, 08:55 AM   #1
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I mixed my first batch of the year yesterday and pitched the yeast this morning.

It's my largest batch to date, just under 10 gallons.

Almost Traditional

24 lbs meadow foam honey
3 lbs orange blossom honey
6 T American Oak powder (medium toast)
1.5 T pectic enzyme
8 frozen/thawed/chopped overripe bananas
enough water added to put a touch under 10 gallons

Beginning SG 1.10

3 packets of KV-1116
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:17 AM   #2
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That sounds wonderful. Typing error on the starting SG of 1.00?

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Old 01-02-2017, 11:36 AM   #3
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@Jericurl if you don't mind, what is your cost of honey breakdown and where do y'all get the honey at?

 
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Same questions as TXWineDuo. Very interested in the orange blossom honey but have no idea where to source it from and be confident the product is exactly what I'm wanting.

 
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That sounds wonderful. Typing error on the starting SG of 1.00?
Yes, thank you. I went back and edited it.
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I got the Meadowfoam honey from here:

http://queenbeehoneycompany.com/prod...oney-12-pounds

And the orange blossom from here:

http://www.walkerhoneyfarm.com/

This was the first time I've ever ordered from Queen Bee, and other than a little bit longer time to wait for shipping, I was pleased. The honey was definitely meadowfoam.

I order from Walker all the time and I've always been very pleased with their products.

As far as cost breakdown, I've got about $130 sunk into this batch.

Accounting generously for racking losses, etc, I'll expect to get about 90 (375 ml) bottles or 45 (750 ml) bottles. That's about $2.88 per large bottle or $1.44 per small bottle. I don't really count bottles since I either reuse my old bottles or get the free used ones from the local winery.
I can live with those numbers.
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So cool, I look forward to hearing how it progresses.

 
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Old 01-03-2017, 08:33 AM   #8
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Is this a Mead that you're brewing?

I've used cups of honey (along with brown sugar and frozen concentrate) in back sweetening my peach and apple wines but have not considered honey being the main ingredient for a batch of wine. Thanx...
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Same questions as TXWineDuo. Very interested in the orange blossom honey but have no idea where to source it from and be confident the product is exactly what I'm wanting.
i have used Flying Bee Ranch in the past with good results:

http://www.flyingbeeranch.net/index.php

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I mixed my first batch of the year yesterday and pitched the yeast this morning.

It's my largest batch to date, just under 10 gallons.

Almost Traditional

24 lbs meadow foam honey
3 lbs orange blossom honey
6 T American Oak powder (medium toast)
1.5 T pectic enzyme
8 frozen/thawed/chopped overripe bananas
enough water added to put a touch under 10 gallons

Beginning SG 1.10

3 packets of KV-1116
Did you give it a little nutrient boost? Sometimes honey needs it to help it finish out. Arne.

 
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