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Can home-brewed mead be dangerous?

If you are using honey, water and yeast. Then the answer is NO. But alcohol is a poisonous substance if not used properly. You cannot make it strong enough to "poison" you in the traditional sense. ...
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Can mead spoil? If so, in what ways?

Generally speaking, your mead is fine if you haven't opened it. Normally, commercial meaderies bottle in dark bottles (or something other than clear) which keep out the UV light. I doubt that the ...
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Can mead spoil? If so, in what ways?

Aging mead is perfectly acceptable. The biggest risk you have is that it will be oxidized and that some of the flavors could become muted. For example, in my homebrewed meads spices like anise will go ...
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Any Iranian rummers here? What yeast do you use?

Bread yeast is very close to brewers yeast. There is a mead recipe you can search-up: "Joes ancient orange mead", which does specify using bread yeast, rather than specific mead yeast. Many home ...
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What properties help mead to age without skunking?

One of the biggest determinants in how well a mead or beer or wine will age is oxidation. The only time that oxygen is beneficial is when your must or wort (IDK the currect term for unfermented mead) ...
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Roman recipe for mead

If you want to make a small amount of mead, you can follow those directions, but you will need modern equipment. A carboy and an airlock is basically all you need. Actually, you will probably need two....
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Can mead spoil? If so, in what ways?

Mead hates sunlight. This is especially true for those made with some types or honey and fruit. It’s often The technical term in the wine industry is “light strike” beer people would know it as “...
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Brewing mead with fruits

Let me see if I can answer your questions. I have years of experience with making beer, wine and mead... No, leave the apples alone until fermentation is done. No, the alcohol will stop any rotting. ...
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How long does Chouchen keep once opened?

I had to look up Chouchen as I'd never heard of it before (see, after many years still learning!) It looks like it's a form of mead made out of Buckwheat honey which gives it that dark color and ...
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How to tell if my home-brewed mead is safe/ready to drink?

Unless you used unsafe water or honey, it is safe to drink at any time. The alcohol in the mead effectively keeps it safe for consumption. The fact that it smells good is a good sign and even with ...
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What is the regulatory process of being able to produce and sell an alcoholic drink in South Africa commercially?

A simple google search for "alcohol manufacturing south africa" turns up a lot of helpful results... Essentially, you need to apply for a macro manufacturing and/or distribution liquor ...
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How much pressure can a flip top take?

The short answer is - "It depends, probably not". Bottles are usually rated for Volumes of CO2. Champagne bottles are typically rated for 7 volumes. Wheat beer bottles should take around 5 volumes. ...
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Can mead spoil? If so, in what ways?

My experience is that mead tends to go flat rather quickly after opening. I do not know how long the average bottle of mead stays in good condition before being opened, but some of the mead we drank ...
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What properties help mead to age without skunking?

Even though you think this is a issue with certain types of mead during aging, I can't help but think you are just dealing with contamination that is turning some batches foul. I've never read of any ...
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