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Jalapeno Honey Wine

Posted by Jeff on February 23, 2013

Jalapeno Honey Wine

Added 12 grilled jalapenos (seeds and all) to 5 gallons of sweet mead.

So the Cane Island Alers recently had our annual Mead-ing (play on the word meeting… get it!?).  Last year I made a regular sweet mead with Texas tallow honey and it came out fantastic.  So this year I wanted to try something different.  Decided to try a capsicumel (mead made with hot peppers).  Decided on jalapenos as I like their flavor and they are abundant.  (I think I may try some 1 gallon experiments with habaneros and poblanos).

So the mead started of at about 1.090.  I was shooting for 1.100, but drank a few too many homebrews before brewing the mead… so my math was… fuzzy.  Oh well.

I pitched the yeast (Lavlin D47) on 2/28/13.  After about 10 days, gravity was down to 1.060 and I added the 12 sliced, grilled jalapenos. Checked it today (2/22/13) and the gravity is at 1.030.  Which is about where I want it.  I’m going to give it another week on primary, then transfer off the yeast & jalapenos.

As far as the sensory analysis… In terms of aroma… it’s not too good. Honey and jalapeno aromas don’t really play well together. Flavor is interesting. It’s definitely hot (12 peppers with seeds were added 2 weeks ago) and that is a great balance to the sweet, but I’m not sure how well the vegetal flavors from the jalapeno play with the honey. Granted, this is a YOUNG mead (and I can taste some sulfur notes) so I’ll be interested to try it in a few months when it cleans up a bit.


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