Originally Posted by cheyneyr
I made this tonight, only I have no idea what kind of honey I put in it. When I acquired some used homebrew equipment the seller threw in five 5# containers of honey. It's somewhat dark in color and says pure honey on the label. The guy I bought it from hadn't brewed in over 10 years, so it had some age on it and was pretty well crystalized. I did a lot of rinsing and soaking in hot water to get it pourable.
I have the buckwheat honey on order, so I missed adding the first pound of it in primary. I figure I will add it when I rack to secondary and add the vanilla beans.
This is my first attempt at a mead, so I'm pretty geeked. Hopefully it will be ready by the time my birthday rolls around in May.
It might be ok by May, probably 1 year beyond that and it would be great! Within that time frame you want to be sure that you use finnings of some nature if you are worried about clarity. I would let that stuff sit in with the finnings for a few weeks prior to bottling.