So! I got a 5-gallon pickle bucket from work yesterday...and I thought I'd try my hand at brewing a mead. I don't have any pictures on me at the moment, but I thought I'd ask some general questions here to try and get my leg up on the pile.
It came with a lid, which, at far as I can tell, has a pretty good seal. However, I would need to drill a hole in it for the airlock. I was thinking I could drill a hole in the lid, run a tube through the hole into a bowl of water or sterilizer or something, and seal the tube-lid connection with some clay or something? Is that a good idea?
Also, has anyone used a pickle bucket before? This thing smells fairly strongly of pickles, and I imagine I should get rid of that smell before I brew. Any tips?
I am planning on using 3 gallons of honey from a local honey farm. Should I ask the bee-master any specific questions about the honey?
And...hmm. That's all I can think of for now. Any tips for a first time meadmaker are very much appreciated, though.