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One for two is a great start, TBH. Glad the mead turned out. Such a great hobby and you always learn and adapt. Even better if you get something drinkable while learning! Merry Christmas/Life, etc.

My Christmas brew was a great success. A smoked brown ale. Very tasty!

Rykin wrote:

The cider has been bottled. It is pretty rough. Will have to wait and see what it does in the bottle to see if it gets any better or not. I tried to make some apple jack by freeze distilling some of it, but it was unpalatable. I might try another cider at some point but for now I think I will stick with mead.

I do my beer from all-grain, but I find that the cider kit below is pretty amazing (I add more corn sugar than the kit says to do, and also add some extra sweetener at the end).

https://www.homebrewing.org/Cider-Ho...

Hobear wrote:

My Christmas brew was a great success. A smoked brown ale. Very tasty!

Sounds great, and also somewhat Christmasy! Brew successes are always nice to hear.

So after the long emotional rollercoaster of my first batch of mead it is finally bottled:

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After sampling quite a bit of it over the past few months I only had a little bit more than three bottles worth. Here is a side-by-side picture of it with a bottle of Chaucer's:

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The light makes them look about the same color but mine is actually a bit darker.

I have sampled some of the cider and it is starting to mellow out some. I think I bottled it too early though. Should have given it more time to let the sediment settle.

I put together a post on Imgur about the process I used for my second batch of mead.

Looking very nice Rykin! I'm loving the corked bottles. My beers are always the usual metal top, but it would be pretty cool to get a corking machine at some point if I brew something special.

I just bought a cheap hand corker off of Amazon. $16 and Prime.

Nice, thanks for the link. I had no idea they were so cheap.

Racked my mead a couple of weekends ago. Seems to be progressing nicely so far. Did my normal Imgur post about it. Working on three flavors: honey, strawberry, and cranberry.

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The strawberries had a bit of a Diet Coke & Mentos type reaction when I added them to the mead:

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Now time for more patience. I plan on letting these set for around two months before doing anything else to them.

Yum!

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