Now I don't know if it's me not looking hard enough or whether I'm seeking the holy grail.
"WTF are you on about" I hear you say. Well, I've been looking round the net for recipes.
The ones I've found are either too fucking big to be practical (the things mentioned in todays earlier post about the "rackfest" mean that I'm left with about 12 gallons of mead, of various types, all "ageing" a.k.a. mellowing).
5 gallon recipes might be fine if I know what they taste like, but it's a lot to have to sling down the sink if it turns out fucking horrible - both in money and time/effort.
Why can't these people produce recipes that "scale" i.e. if I want a bigger batch, then I just multiply the ingredients (except the yeast of course because a 1 gramme pack is usually enough to "do" 5 gallons).
It's either that, or they contain ingredients that are hard, if not impossible to get, or ingredients that are either too generalised in name or too specialised.
For instance, BuckWheat honey. What the fucks that? where the fuck am I likely to get that in the UK? Or there was another one, that used Cranberries. Great, except it's damn near impossible to get fucking cranberry sauce outside the christmas season, let alone fresh cranberries! There was another one that said use "Tupelo" honey. What the fuck does anyone outside the US know about Tupelo, except I think that was where "Elvis" was born. What the fuck is their major crop and hence what kind of honey is it likely to be ?
Most specific honey's are either way too expensive or like rocking horse shit!
Come on you knowledgeable types, write some usable recipes that will either scale up or down, with ingredients that might be available outside the fucking States! That way, some of we less knowledgeable types might get enough experience to write some of our own recipes!
Ok end of rant, I'm just getting off my soapbox!