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mkut 08-11-2011 10:07 AM

hops and mead
Firstly i would like to thank everyone who had replied to my previous posts. I'm now a proud father 4 x 1 gallon meads and 1 gallon of parsnip wine.

I've been given some hops (goldings, kent hops), i want to make a mead with some hops (i'm an ale fan) any trusted recipes people have tried?

ta muchly

frydogbrews 08-12-2011 12:55 PM

i'm interested to hear if anyone has done this and how it turned out also. hoppy beers are my favorite, but the subtle sexiness of a mead might not be a good match with more commanding flavors of hops, even mellow ones. plus, since you need to age mead for so long, most of the hop flavor would probably go away in that year to year and a half.

ArcaneXor 08-12-2011 12:59 PM

Redstone Meadery makes a subtly hopped mead in their nectar series called "Nectar of the Hops". I quite enjoy it.

huesmann 08-12-2011 02:01 PM

Isn't a hoppy mead just a braggot/bracket?

ArcaneXor 08-12-2011 02:43 PM


Originally Posted by huesmann (Post 3165967)
Isn't a hoppy mead just a braggot/bracket?

No, a braggot is a mead with malt.

DarkBrood 08-12-2011 02:53 PM

I found these on a previous search and had saved them...waiting on some 1.5-2gal jugs to test them out. They don't specify which hops to use, but I'm thinking low-alpha citrusy/fruity hops from the pacific northwest would be best...although I'm also debating using Strisselspalt. I'd love to hear any input (haven't actually done a mead yet, but I'm planning to do both a hop mead and a blueberry melomel).


Ale Mead - T.S.
Makes 1 gallon

1 lb Honey
1 oz Hops
1 oz Citric Acid
1 gal water
Brewers Yeast

Boil honey & water and most of hops for 45 minutes, add remainder of hops at about the 40 min. mark.
Strain hops, add citric acid & nutrients.
Let cool overnight.
Add water to 1 gal mark.
Add yeast and let ferment to completion, skimming off yeast daily as for beer.
Allow to settle for a few days after fermentation.
Bottle in 1 qt bottles with 1 tsp suger in bottles.
After 2-3 days in warm area (so that bottle fermentaion occurs) place in cool area and treat as bottled beer.


Ale Mead - justcoz
Makes 1 gallon

1 lb honey
1 oz hops
0.25 oz citric acid, or juice of 2 small lemons
2 Tbsp yeast nutrient
1 pkt brewers yeast (ale yeast)
1 gal water

Dissolve the honey in 6 pints hot water and bring to the boil.
Add the hops and boil vigorously for about 45 minutes.
A few of the hops should not be added initially, but put in about 5 minutes before the wort reaches the end of the boiling period.
Strain off the hops, add the citric acid and nutrients, allow to cool overnight (covered closely), then bring the volume up to 1 gallon with cold water.
Add the yeast to the cool wort and allow to ferment to completion, skimming off the yeast as you would for a beer.
Allow to settle for a few days after the fermentation ceases, then rack into quart bottles, adding one level teaspoonful of sugar to each bottle.
Seal the bottles, store in a warm place for 2-3 days to ensure that bottle fermentation begins, then move to a cooler location to assist clarification.
Subsequently treat as a bottled beer.
Priming is not essential, and, after fermentation, the ale mead may be matured as a draught beer and drank after a few months.
This was part of a long series of messages posted by justcoz on the history of mead.
Preceding this message was a discussion of economic factors that caused the decline in popularity of mead and an explanation of how, at one time, most meads (such as those consumed by the Vikings) were of low strength, such as this mead.

mkut 08-12-2011 05:51 PM

thank for the feed back. I will try the first one "DarkBrood" mentioned in a day or so. Will give you all feed back.

frydogbrews 08-12-2011 05:54 PM

darkbrood, i would highly recommend not boiling your honey. it doesn't really need to be boiled and you end up losing a ton of the honey goodness(flavor and aroma) if you do that. also, one pound of honey per gallon water would make a very weak drink.
3 pounds per gallon create something that is around 10-11%, so knock two thirds of your sugars out of there and you have under 4%.

DarkBrood 08-12-2011 11:31 PM

@frydog - I've noticed that 2.5-3 pounds per gallon seems to be the standard for most mead recipes. Like I said, I haven't tried these yet - the thread for the "justcoz" recipe mentioned it being drinkable like a beer...I guess if it came out beer-strength, that would be pretty weak for a mead.

Would making it stronger drown out the pleasant hop aromatics with the ones from the honey variety? Or would you recommend something to add more body to the weaker-strength recipe?

frydogbrews 08-13-2011 03:04 AM

don't get me wrong here, i have made many beers that were half honey and turned out awesome. specifically a honey steam and a honey blonde. half malt, half honey, both came in around 4.5%.
for what you're talking about, i would double the honey. that way you end up with 7-8%ABV, and should be very drinkable and ready earlier than a full strength mead. you will lose some of the hop goodness as the mead ages, but it should only need a 6 month age, so it should still have plenty of hop flavor/aroma.
again though, i have no clue how the hop flavor will translate into mead, but i am anxious to hear back from anyone that tries it.

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