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Archive for April, 2012

New Edition of Folio

The Spring edition of Folio came out last week. They published 2 of my pieces, The Silence Between Stars and & I am the Wizard, in the Print Edition. The Web Edition this spring also has some awesome multimedia work, including a great philosophical hip-hop piece from some good friends of mine. If anyone is interested in a copy of the Print Edition, let me know and I can probably get you a copy. In the mean time, enjoy the Web Edition, linked from image below.

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New Batch

imageI just bottled the new batch of mead a few days ago, using my fancy new auto-syphon (the big tubey thing sticking out of the carboy). You may recall that this batch was made with a higher honey/water ratio, and a different yeast (an Ale Yeast to be precise, which has a lower alcohol yield and is slower to ferment than the Champagne Yeast I used for the Christmas batch). So I broached and bottled this batch, and I have to say it came out wonderfully. It is definitely sweet, due to the increase in honey and the use of the Ale yeast, but it is not the cloyingly sweet taste that many meads suffer from. And the wildflower honey I used seems to have imparted a bit more complexity to the flavor than what I had expected. It’s tasty enough that my buddy James, who has always hated mead, loves it.

It also has a good bit of kick to it. The Christmas batch seemed to come out at about the maximum yield of the Champagne Yeast (around 15%); this is much less than that, at what I guess to be around the full yield of the Ale yeast: about 5-7%. So not really strong, but stronger than most beer (in Utah anyway). I just got a new hydrometer, but since I could not measure the gravity of the batch before fermentation it doesn’t really do me a lot of good for now. But the next batch I make I will find out the gravity for certain. That’s all for now. I will be making another batch as soon as I can afford the supplies, and of course I will let you know how it goes. This was only a gallon batch, so I don’t have a lot of it, which makes me sad. The next one will probably be a 2 gallon batch with a slightly lower honey/water ratio and the same yeast. I may try a different honey as well, but the local wildflower honey is easy to get, and tastes great, so who knows…