You didn't follow the instructions!!!!!! Joe's Ancient Mead shouldn't be altered!Mine has to be the Kumquat mead. It is an unorthodox recipe that many use called Joe M's Ancient Mead. I just modified it to fit my needs and came out great. I had made the original recipe with oranges before and it was very good so I thought I would modify it to use the kumquats. It turned out very smooth and tasty. It was quite well received at Winestock in Dallas last May. I was quite proud of my efforts.
I thought I would try this one out because it sounded kind of good. I started it back in august and just bottled it. Wow! it is really good, I am definitely going to start a five gallon batch. I used a grapefruit recipe from Jack Keller's site and just added Kiwi Fruit as well.I made a kiwi/Grapefruit that was incredibly good. Used Champagne yeast.
I still have about 10 cans of lychees in the garage.Nothing too mad so far, made a tinned lychee and dried elderflower wine in April, still waiting for it to mellow out. I thought sweet and dry would balance out. Came out very astringent (I think) and had a real dry kick to it. Last tried it in October and it had calmed down a bit...
i tried the exotica wine recipe, using bananas, mangos and pineapple.
only problem is i was to add 7 lbs of sugar but added 12 as i thought the bags were 1 kilo(2.2 lbs x 3 = 6.6 lbs) but they were actually 2 kilos.(duh)
i then added extra water to reduce the og to 1.092.
ended up with about 30 litres instead of 23. - hope it will taste ok.