Originally Posted by shooter44
Hi all, am new to the forum and mead making. I want to make my 1st. carboy of mead, what I have is 1gal honey,3gal water,1lb cherrys (tart) and Lalvin EC-1118 wine yeast, 1cup orange juice, and some raisens. I don't know how much yeast to use, and if that is enough honey. what do you think
thanks for any help
I'd lose the orange juice & use yeast nutrient, it's cheap, easy & available at every HBS...
Though brewingmedic's advice on the hommade version works too, commercial yeast nutrient provides more free amino nitrogen (FAN) with diammonium phostphate (DAP).
+ 1 on saving those cherries for secondary & the vanilla bean addition. A pound or 2 of raisins will add some body.
EC-1118 will likely take it dry, so if you want it off-dry or sweet, you'll need to either stabilize & backsweeten, step-feed the yeast with more honey, which will raise your ABV, pasturize, or filter.
Here's a list of yeast strains, including EC-1118:http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/strains.asp
In the words of Jack Keller: "Choose your yeast like you would choose a tool."
Hope this info helps, Regards, GF.