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« on: November 15, 2011 06:42:09 PM »

My fiance and I are serving homebrewed drinks at our wedding next fall. This summer we started a batch of mead, honey wine, with mesquite honey and cinnamon. A couple weeks ago my future father-in-law visited my fiance and they started a second batch with wildflower honey and added blueberries (I live in a different state right now). While I was visiting over the weekend we started a third batch with orange blossom honey and freshly squeezed orange juice. Each batch will yield about 5 gallons! Yum, yum, yum!

Here are the first two batches after we re-racked the blueberry batch:


I think they look nice side-by-side to show the unique colors. (They were prettier in person)

Here is the re-racking process from the blueberry batch:


This is the third batch. It doesn't look very attractive in this picture, but it smelled wonderful.


Each batch has about 15 lbs of honey (some containers not shown):


You can see my prototype bottle label in some previous posts, but that was before I knew we were going to do the second two batches. I will design new labels when we know that all of the mead ferments all right.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2011 07:46:35 PM »

Wow! This looks so yummy. We just discovered Mead..mmm.. and your selections sound delicious. Such a personal touch on your wedding too.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2011 02:57:47 AM »

Mmm, I love mead and your flavour combinations sound wonderful! They're both lovely colours.
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2011 10:18:27 AM »

That looks amazing! My husband brews his own beer and we've been wanting to try making mead for a while now. Except we've never actually tried mead before. Hehe.

And I really love that you're making your own drinks for your wedding. The hubster and I always say that if we had to do it again we'd have a smaller, more personal wedding.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2011 10:22:52 AM »

This is a really meaningfull way to keep liquor prices down at a wedding!
We just made our first batch of Dandelion wine this year. I hope yours turns out great!
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2011 02:49:03 PM »

Thanks everyone!

Mead is great! Everyone (of legal drinking age) should try it!

We have made two other batches in the past years. The first was amazing, but there were some issues with the second. Lessons were learned... The first batch for the wedding is similar to those batches in recipe.

I'm not sure how much we are actually saving since it costs $60-80 for enough honey for each batch and we had to invest in a couple extra carboys and other equipment so that we could have so many going at once. The whole process takes about a year so we needed the extra equipment to get it all done in time. Still have to buy the bottles too! Of course, I haven't actually researched the cost of alcohol for weddings... we just really wanted to make it personal.

The mead was also the inspiration for our color theme. Unfortunately, it is amazingly difficult to find honey-colored dresses that are also formal and cheap enough.

We will probably make beer also (yuck).
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2011 04:17:03 AM »

We are homebrewing for our wedding too! The fiancee is convinced that we need 8 different types of beer (!!!!) for our 150 guest wedding, but we won't get started until the spring or summer, as the wedding is next New Year's Eve.

I assume since you all are brewing 5 gallons at a time you are brewing extract? 
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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2011 07:38:10 AM »

I assume since you all are brewing 5 gallons at a time you are brewing extract? 

The wine doesn't use grain or mash or any of that stuff like beer, so we did not use an extract for it. We haven't started the beer since it takes much less time and all of our vessels are still occupied by mead.

I do recall my fiance going through the whole mash process while brewing beer at some point in the spring, but I don't know anything about using extracts. He bought a boiler and modified a cooler for straining out grains when he really started getting into beer brewing...
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2011 02:22:12 PM »

Neat! We just got into all grain brewing. It just takes up to much room! Also, cleaning hundreds of bottles is such a pain. Also, I wouldn't buy them; we asked a local bar to collect them for us, and they were happy to do so!
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2011 03:10:26 PM »

Also, I wouldn't buy them; we asked a local bar to collect them for us, and they were happy to do so!

In the past we have recycled a lot of bottles. Living in a college town (and being in college) has made that really easy... however, for the wedding, I don't know if we might just buy knew bottles so they are uniform... We haven't discussed that much, but it would probably be a good idea to continue recycling. We have a huge stash of bottles that we never used in FL.

I plan to buy recycled paper to make our invitations, and our centerpieces will be recycled wine bottles and mason jars. We have also started buying a lot of locally made products. I bought the orange blossom honey from a local food market in FL and took it up to NC while visiting, and my fiance got the wildflower honey from the NC state farmers market. I am also planning to get our flowers for centerpieces, etc. from the farmers market. Hopefully what I want will be in season that weekend!
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