Hi, I'll be brewing my first mead with this recipe. I'm going to be making 1 gallon of it, but just wanted to ask some questions to make sure I've got everything (and the process) correct:
Since I'm brewing 1 gallon, I'm going to use:
2.4 pounds of light amber honey....Is any honey OK? Or do I need light amber specifically?
2.4 pounds of frozen strawberries
0.4 quarts of Welch's White Grape Cherry 100% Juice
0.4 teaspoons of yeast nutrients
Wyeast 4184 Sweet Mead....Since this is only 1 gallon, should I just pitch the entire package? I don't want to do a starter if I can help it.
0.2 gallons of water
So I'm going to heat the 0.2 gallons of water in a pot to a boil and in another pot, add all of my honey. Then I'm going to take the hot/boiling water and use it to get the last remaining honey out of the container, and dump it all into the other pot with the honey in it, right? I'm assuming I want the honey to be dissolved into the hot water?
From this point I add the Welsch's Juice and yeast nutrients? Do I let the honey/water cool completely? Or is it OK if it's still hot?
I'm going to pour everything into a 2 gallon fermenter (bucket), but fill to 1 gallon so I'll have headspace for the fermentation. I'm also planning on putting my pureed strawberries into a muslin bag so I can pull them out when I rack after the fermentation is over.
Does this plan sound good? Please advise if I've got this right. Most appreciated!