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Recipe: mlavin / Heorot's Flame (Habanero Mead) (revision #2)

  • Started Brewing: Jun 24, 2012
  • Original Gravity: 1.100
  • Finished Brewing: Feb 16, 2013
  • Final Gravity: 1.004
  • Alcohol by Volume: 12.6%
  • Would Make Again?: Yes  

Final Review

I love this mead and it's been a hit with everyone who's tried it. Most people have never had a mead so they aren't sure what to think of it. It took a long time to make but it was worth it. If I make it again I might try a little more heat or carbonation.

Taste Notes

Starts sweet and finishes with a pepper bite. The pepper isn't so strong that you can't take multiple sips but it's enough to let you know it's there. Along with ABV it leaves you with a nice warm feeling.

Notes From June 24, 2012 (Brewing)

Gravity Reading: 1.100

Quicker than a usual brew day since I didn't need to do a boil. I'm a little nervous that I didn't double pitch or make a starter given the gravity. I've heard this yeast it quite resilient. I used it with the cider which wasn't quite as high gravity without a starter. Used one pepper and we'll see how that is after the primary. The pepper aroma was noticeable when heating it up. Tasted it after taking the gravity reading and there wasn't really any heat.

Notes From July 22, 2012 (Moving to Secondary)

Gravity Reading: 1.008

Finally time to move to the secondary today. I left all of the habanero pieces and seeds in the primary. Gravity reading seems to indicate that the fermentation is complete. Beth and I had a quick taste and it's quite dry as the gravity would indicate. The smell has notes of both the honey and the champagne yeast. The pepper comes through in the after taste but isn't over powering. I'm interested to see how the flavor develops over the next few months.

Notes From Jan. 6, 2013 (Bottling/Kegging)

Gravity Reading: 1.004

Finally bottled up the mead today. It came out to a few miscellaneous bottles (750ml, 22 oz and some others) and a case of 12 oz bottles. I decided to keep it still so didn't add any priming sugar. Tasted the little bit out of the hydrometer and it's interesting. There is still some sweetness but you can definitely taste the pepper. There is a slow burn of an after taste. Excited to see how this ages over the next few weeks and months.