I read recently that some disgusting Irish politician called Rosin Shortfall (or something) was suggesting increasing the price of alcohol in off licences nationwide. On the grounds that this will reduce the incidence of Irish alcoholism.
Ms. Shortfall who has the appearance of the James Bond baddie Rosa Klebb (in From Russia with Love) is pandering to suggestions put forward by the Vintners Association (The Union of Irish Pub Owners) that have long been concerned about the low prices of alcoholic beverages in supermarkets, compared to the astronomical prices that their members charge in their Public Houses.
So Christmas is coming, as are alcohol price increases. I’m trying a recipe for Mead. It’s my own recipe and I’m experimenting. My ingredients are 2 pounds (908 grams) of Honey from Aldi and 1 litre of pasteurised grape juice. Made up to 5 litres with water. I’m using champagne yeast and I calculate my final ABV to be around the 9% mark..
27th Nov 2011 – I saw that I posted this Mead item on 11th Nov That’s Nov 11th, for our American readers. The brew is now almost ready for bottling and has been filtered once.So a good two weeks to get a result so.
It’s gone from looking like milky tea through to a straw colour and is currently a clear yellow shade that can only be described as – bright piss. When I tasted the brew on syphoning it was not surprisingly a bit like honey – only not sweet. – I will add a better description should one spring to mind.
11th December 2011 – I opened a bottle yesterday. And am posting the picture here. We are talking about a nice clear bright yellow brew. It was also not particularly tasty. Not having the bitterness of beer or for that matter the acidity and flavour of cider. Nevertheless I managed to drink it and found it agreeable. Were herbs or spices used to add additional flavours in the medieval/viking brews – I wonder?