Har noe her erfaring med Bracket/Braggot?

Jeg fant denne oppskriften på nettet, og tenkte jeg skulle prøve den. Jeg er ikke en erfaren brygger, så hvis dere har noen kommentarer eller forslag (til forandring/justeringer), så hadde det vært flott. Jeg har en BeerBrew 30, og denne oppskriften er til ca. 8 gallon vørter som tilsvarer i overkant av 30 liter. Det vil si at jeg må redusere oppskriften noe for å tilpasse den min BB30. Forslag og råd taes med takk  :skitbra:
(Jeg vet at dette er en mjødtype så ha meg unnskyldt hvis dette er helligbrøde her på forumet >:D)
Her link til siden hvor jeg fant oppskriften: http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_rapidrecipe&page=viewrecipe&recipe_id=65&Itemid=459
Her er oppskriften
25 lbs Honey Malt
39 grams Saaz hop flowers
130 grams shredded ginger root
1 tbl Irish Moss
12 lbs. blackberry honey
1 tbl acid blend
Red Star Montrachet dry yeast

It was a dark and stormy New Year's Eve. 25 lbs of Honey Malt (17 degreesL) were mashed at 156 degrees until starch test showed complete saccrification. The mash was sparged at 164 degrees. This wort was brought to a boil. The color contribution of this malt was estimated at approximately 60 degrees SRM. 39 grams of Saaz hop flowers (at 6.0% acid) was added for a proposed 60 minute boil. 130 grams of shredded ginger root was added for a proposed 15 minute boil. 1 TBL of Irish Moss was added for a proposed 10 minute boil.
At the end of the 60 minutes, I added 12 lbs of Schneider's blackberry honey. Heat continued, even though the wort wasn't boiling. After 25 minutes, the boil resumed, and I added 1 TBL of acid blend. After another 10 minutes of boil, the heat was turned off, the imersion cooler was inserted, and cooling was begun.

I used Red Star Montrachet dry yeast in this batch. The first package was added when the wort was still too hot (oops!), so another package was added later, before obvious signs of fermentation had begun.

All of the above yielded about 8 gallons of wort, whose specific gravity was 1.112. The actual hopping rate was estimated at 22 IBU, not including the acid added. The final gravity reading was 1.052, with the resulting alcohol at approximately 6.4%.

Racking occured on 13 Jan 94. Bottling took place on 25 Jan 94, giving just under one month of fermenting. Priming sugar consisted of 1/2 cup corn sugar, 2 cups of water, and 1 tsp ascorbic acid.

Never having had a Bracket/Braggot before, the taste was rather interesting. It is an exceedingly sweet beer, not mead-ish at all!

Because I used Honey malt, I called this brew Honey Bucket Bracket. Dark as the night, and thicker than sin!


Michael Hall, who was one of the judges at the Duke's of Ale Spring Thing competition held recently in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wanted the recipe of the mead that I had entered. It took honors for the best mead of the competition. This is my attempt at supplying the recipe.

It's not actually a mead, but something called a bracket or braggot. The American Mead Association is of very little use in supplying a definition of the style, only saying that the mix has to have at least half of its fermentables comming from the added honey.

The idea was to make a batch of beer and a batch of mead and slam the two together. Thus a beer was made (at a very low hopping rate), and a lot of honey was added to it.

Judges comments:
Michael Hall gave it 42 points.
Good honey expression! Roasted malt comes throught too! Fairly clear, good head retention. Good honey taste. Good roasted malt taste. Nice complex taste. This is the most interesting mead we've tasted! Nice balance of mead and beer. Very good idea! I could drink a lot of this (slowly...) on a winter night.

Bill Terborg gave it 45 points.
Complex nose. Very nice. Great color and very clear. Very nice - complex, malt strong, yet honey in background. Good balance - sweet & acid. Great mead! Publish the recipe so we can all enjoy!
William deVries gave it 37 points.
Good solid honey/malt aroma. Nicely balanced, almost smoky. Honey exudes throughout, bitter component masks the modifying sweetness, but not too badly. Malt flavor aids the complexity. Nice even flavors cause a pleasant and lasting impression.

Source: Richard B. Webb
Mead Lover's Digest #313, 30 May 1994