Hello, I'm new to wine making of any sort, but my wife and I love mead, so I figured what a great place to start! After watching some great YouTube vids, I decided to make a JAOM, this turned into 2 cause I happened to have enough honey, so I made one JAOM by the book but with EC-1118, and a second JAOM with half the orange and a cup or so of dried juniper berries, I also used EC-1118 in this mead. Each gallon had 3.5lbs of Canada number one white honey. It's only been a week and a half, and they are still bubbling away nicely and smelling up our linen closet with that home brew wine smell I used to love in my grandpas workshop But I couldn't stop there, 2days ago I found a good deal on some honey so I combined 3.5 lbs of store bought with 3.5 local honey and split it between two one gallon wine bottles and made a cranberry pomegranate mead and a cran pom cyser using unfiltered apple cider. I'm on a budget cause I'm on disability right now, so I don't have a hydrometer yet, but am getting one soon! The first two meads only had raisins for nutrients and started off slower, I used a nutrient mix from our local hardware store for the cran meads and they were bubbling away within a few hours. I added a quarter teaspoon of nutrient to the JAOM's and they perked right up anyhow that's my story, i haven't even tried any of my own mead yet but still I'm hooked and a little obsessed. My next mead will be a sweet mint/lime mead, my take on a mojito happy fermenting!