Mead and Gueuze

I’m moving house which involves of course packing and cleaning. Thats not a surprise I know, however what you find when doing this can be.

In May 2010 I made a batch of sweet mead that with a bucket of honey from Beechworth given to me by Stu and a $15 stick mixer from Coles that I killed in about 12 minutes. I also added some yeast. Well its sat in my wardrobe in a demijohn for the last 2 and a bit years. I’ve kind of put of doing anything with it as it was in a vessel with no tap, meaning I have to siphon it to bottle it. I’ve never siphoned booze before, and for some reason the idea of it just didn’t sit well with me. However I’m moving, it needs bottling. Now its done, siphoning was no sweat at all, and the clean clear sweet mead is now bottled. Not that I know anything about mead but this stuff isn’t too bad. It’s a sweet mead so it tastes kind of desert wine like. Not a bad drop, just need excuses to drink desert wine style stuff now. I was impressed at how clear and clean it was after being left to its own devices with no special care at all. Only problem is if I want more mead my process takes two years. May need to look at shortening that one up.

On to more fun topics I have found a lit of beer. No really lots of beer. It seems that even though I havent been brewing that much lately, not having a party to empty a bunch of kegs has left me with a bunch of beer, lots of saison, some barley wine and some triple. I also found a bunch of sour beers, some Orval, Cantillon – Gueuze and Lou Peppe, and some other bits and pieces, including a bunch of Red Hill Russian Imperial stout, at least a couple of vintages (I just need to remember which is which?). There really is a lot of beer, much of which is now in my “cellar”, otherwise known as the pantry in the old abandoned house at my folks farm.

Anyway as a reward for packing and cleaning I’m having a bottle of 08 Cantillon Gueuze (100% Lambic Bio). I’m sure I’ve written about this beer before, its awesome. I wont bang on about it but its sour and funky and complex and wonderful. An excellent reward to a long day.

Nuf said, been a long day, more moving to do on the weekend “Sigh”

Cheers D


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