Originally Posted by summersolstice
The amount of water you add is determined by your projected starting gravity. Do you have a hydrometer? Are you adding anything other than honey and water? What do you plan to do for nutrients? Honey is deficient in nutrients and it's difficult to successfully ferment just water and honey. I'd suggest at least tossing in a handful of raisins to give the yeast something to eat.
It would be better to do your primary fermentation in a plastic pail. If not, just add water to about the shoulder of your jug. You'll need 3-4 inches at least depending upon the yeast and any other additives you might be using.
this guy is a mead pro - so do as he says.
you can always top up the water after a week to eliminate headspace after initial fermentation subsides.
you'll need the additional nutrient - either the raisins or a commercialy available yeast nutrient. really just follow the suggestions in the sticky at the top of the mead forum and you can't go wrong.
(I did mine seat of the pants style... but after reading the sticky I realized I did do everything mostly right.)
also remember mead production is measured in months not weeks... and aging for some styles can get into YEARS... so take your time and be patient.
In primary: Earl Gray hard cider,
In secondary: Blueberry apple Monster
Bottled: "All apple" Apfelwein, Mixed berry country wine, Kick yer' butt Hard Cider, "All apple" Achtung!Apfelwein, Kumquat mead, "All apple" hard cider.
Drinking: "All Apple" Apfelwein, Mixed Berry Country wine, Blueberry Belgian White ale.
comming to a carboy near you...
Redhook ESB clone