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How to make mead

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How to make mead
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A simple way to make the most basic form of mead at home with simple ingrediants. A few words of caution, this is fermented so try not to get drunk or do anything you regret with it and blame me for that problem. Also you should bear in mind that it is preferable you be the legal drinking age to - blah blah who is actually going to care about this part, half of you probably just skipped this paragraph anyways.

Ingredients youll need:




Fruit or spices (optional)

amounts may vary due to the quantity you want to make.

Mix approximately 3.5 pounds honey (liquified honey works best when mixing together) with 1 gallon (3.8L) distilled water. DO NOT HEAT OR BOIL. There is no need to do this with good honey and clean drinking water. Boiling used to be done to drive off germs and bacteria in the water, honey is naturally anti-bacterial.

This mixture, by the way, is called "must".

Adding fruits or spices to the must will drastically change the flavour, and just about anything can go with a mead. It's really fun to experiment with flavours.

Rehydrate your chosen yeast per the manufacturer's directions then add it to your must.

Put in a large container with plenty of room for fermentation to occur. If there isn't enough space, a vigorous ferment can escape and cause a mess. You'll want to prevent air from getting into the container, but carbon dioxide needs to be able to escape. One way to do this is to poke a few holes in a balloon and then stretch it over the mouth of the bottle. Secure it by putting a rubber band or tape around it. This, however, is not a very good way to seal your mead as you can not add nutrients or aerate very well with the balloon in place, requiring the balloon to be replaced several times. The best method is to purchase an airlock from a local brew store or online as they are reusable, sanitizable, and won't disintegrate over time.

Put in a quiet place at an optimal temperature range for your chosen yeast. This information should be published by the manufacturer. If you have a hydrometer and know the starting gravity of your must, you can determine the sugar breaks of your fermentation. To determine your three sugar breaks, take your original gravity, determine what your final gravity should be based on the ABV tolerance of your yeast, then break that total number into thirds. Aerate (introduce oxygen) at least once daily during the first sugar break, the more times a the better.

There are a few different ways to know when the mead is done fermenting: [2]

  • The most accurate way to know is to measure the specific gravity with a hydrometer when you first mix it, then measure it every two weeks. The chosen yeast has a published ABV tolerance, and the hydrometer reading can be used to determine what the final gravity of the mead should be. When the mead reaches this gravity, wait a minimum of 4-6 months before bottling to ensure all CO2 that was in suspension in the mead has degassed. If the mead has not properly degassed and too much CO2 for the rating of the type of bottle the mead is bottled in is transferred, there is a risk of bottle explosion with temperature swings.
  • Wait at least 8 weeks. The amount of time it takes for the mead to ferment will depend on a variety of factors, but 8 weeks should be enough time for most scenarios.

If you're using an airlock, wait until 3 weeks after it stops bubbling.

Once the fermentation has completed, transfer your mead to a container with little to no headspace for aging. The less surface area that oxygen can get to, the better. Siphoning is the best way to go so that you leave as much sediment behind as possible. The longer you wait, the better your mead will be, an average wait time is 8 months to a year for a home brewer.

ransfer the mead into bottles, seal, and store in a cool dark place. Your mead is now drinkable, but it is even better when aged even longer.

Sources: Norse dishes and projects / Wikihow / other minor writings

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ok ok, upon further thought i probably should give the full disclaimer.

You really should be of the legal drinking age in your area to make, use, sell, or do anything with mead.

You should always be careful when doing something like this because it is after all alchohol

When making this it should be kept in mind that it has the potential to be flammable

proper sanitation and cleaning of supplies is needed because fermentation conditions are also optimal for bacteria growth

common snese should always be practiced

that is all i can think of, thanks for reading

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Re: How to make mead
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A side note for under aged people, it tastes perfectly fine to just mix honey with room temperature water, however its best to put it into a bottle and shake it to mix it. At first it will either be too weak or too strong but youll learn to balance it per your preferances. THis however is just how i consume it, i wouldnt really reccomend offering non-alchoholic mead to a deity however i dont really know if thats a thing or not, some sects offer juice instead of mead so it might work. This perticular paragraph is simply a side note if you want to get a feel for how it tastes.

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Re: How to make mead
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A good side note to this is if you want to flavor it with fruit, herbs, or seasonings you can just mix in the juices or herbs to soak, then strain it later upon bottling and resealing.

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