Hey all. So I have always wanted to make my own mead when I found out about how its so easy to mix with everything. I enjoy cooking, and enjoy comming up with recipes so this was easily my next step.
I saw a very easy way of making mead on another websight where you use 1 gallon bottles of spring water, raisons, and yeast and 3 lbs honey and a ballone with holes over it on top of the mix for when the carbon dioxide is released.
I decided to make 2 of them to see how it would go. My honey was 12 oz clover honey and 5 lbs honey from a farm that has extensive apple orchards. I split the honey between the 2.
My first batch was raisons and cinnamon and the honey. the second was an orange and a very fresh vanilla bean. I pealed the vanilla bean and minced the bean itself and used that in the second.
I kept everything around 70 degrees and when I was ready to pore in my vial of http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/strains_wlp720.html.. and it pored to fast.
I was unprepared for the speed. over half of it went into my batch with vanilla and oranges, and less than 1/4 was left for my batch with raisons and cinnomin.
The vial states it is for 5 gallons. So... Im wondering if it just means my raison and cinnomin one will just take longer to fermant? or should I pick up more tomarrow and just place a little more in the mix?
I am apart of a mixed martial arts forum and I laid out step by step what I did with pictures.
THank you all!