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Old 04-06-2008, 04:51 AM   #1
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So I've been poking around the mead forum for a week or so and I figured I'd give it a try. I just finished making my first ever batch of mead, and I kept it simple:

I added 3 pounds of BJ's brand clover honey to about 1/3 gallon water and shook the hell out of it, then added more water to almost fill my 1 gallon jug and shook the hell out of it some more until everything was dissolved and continued to shake for a few minutes until I felt like an idiot. I used about 1/2 packet of Red Star Pasteur champagne yeast, which I hydrated before hand and added to the must at slightly under 80F. sealed it up with an airlock and stuck it in the closet.

Poured off a sample before adding the yeast, OG: 1.101

Since I didn't use any nutrients, this might take a while, right? (even though it's just a gallon?) This is an experiment born of a short budget, so I really can't lose. 6 bucks on honey and $0.75 on yeast = 13% abv beverage!

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Old 04-06-2008, 05:27 AM   #2
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I Started where you are.
Yes this will take a while. Also, It will likely taste a lot like Rocket Fuel for a good long while. It will be good...Just have one hell of a whomp.
Your yeast should take you completely dry, so you may be a while in the last few points.
Congratulations.

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Old 04-06-2008, 07:27 AM   #3
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Well you can add the nutrient at any time. I suggest you do as Honey doesnt have a lot for the yeast to feed on.

I would suggest you let this ferment for 3 months and then bottle for 9. Drink at 12

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Old 04-06-2008, 02:14 PM   #4
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Pick up some Fermaid-K at your LHBS and add about 1/2 teaspoon to your 1 gallon batch. Stir it in gently as not to aerate your must, let it ferment for at least 3 months, rack to another sanitized 1 gallon jug, then bulk-age it (do not bottle it) for at least 1 year before bottling. All of the meads I make these days is bulk-aged for a minimum of 2 years before I bottle. Mead, more than any other fermentable, requires patience ..... and lots of it. YMMV

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Old 04-24-2008, 07:00 PM   #5
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I added some fermax about a week ago. Just a warning to fellow mead noobs: do this in a bathtub or something. baking soda and vinegar, anybody?

edit: What I mean to say here is that, because I didn't look into it too much, I added the fermax DRY [didn't mix it w/ boiled H2O] and it began to foam rapidly. I had to clamp my hand over the top, carry it into the bathtub and slowly release the pressure before putting the stopper back in. Live & Learn!

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Old 05-06-2008, 05:22 PM   #6
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I checked the mead today, one month after I made it: 0.995

13.8% by volume, and you can tell.

Can everybody say "lighter fluid"? god damn.

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