Whee! It's been such a busy couple of months/year that I haven't had a chance to do any focused brewing. Which means that my mead stash is very low. I am down to under 4 cases and one of those is a set back for another year or so to mellow. I have Christmas present and hostess gift meads to give out and nothing much to give.
There is no way I can be done with a mead in time to give out so I will have to pull from the stash.
But I have some time alone today as D is off to a regional martial arts practice today. I woke up with brewing plans in my head!
I have 2 partial carboys of mead that I started around Leap Year Day and then added fruit later after the main fermentation was done. But the initial 5 gallons (which I split into the 2 partial batches) had sluggish fermentation and was pretty musky. I mismanaged it due to time pressures and I hoped that I could make it up later. But I am left with 2 batches that need some serious time/attention as they are both flawed.
I am going to march up the studio, light a fire in the wood stove and get to brewing! I will set up a new happier batch of my very dependable Day at the Fair mead and then work on tweaking the others.
And I also hope to get some weaving done on the cotton towels. I want to get the warp done on the loom so I can start my hearth rug! I torqued my arm Friday loading the car for the show and I need to lay off knitting for a bit while it heals. But that is a good impetus to spend some quality time on the lovely loom!