I want to brew a mead in honor of my first child. He/she (we don't know yet) will be born in March 2010, and I have about 5 lbs of prickly pear fruit that I recently pureed (maybe 2 weeks) in my freezer. I plan to make about 2 gallons and I want to use Mesquite Honey along with my Prickly Pear fruit puree.
My question is, is it absolutely necessary to use nutrient scheduling for the yeast, if I plan to let this ferment for over 1 year, or would it be safe to allow nature to take its course?
I will boil the puree with some water and honey before adding it to the main mead wort, as my research has shown this is the best method.
I want to sample this on my child's first birthday which will be sometime in March 2011, and I will save at least 2 liters for my childs 21st birthday. What would your advice be for something of this sort?
Do I add the puree to the primary fermentation, or add it after the primary fermentation occurs?
What would your advice or input be in this situation seeing as it is my first mead attemp, and of course I want it to be GREAT! Especially in 21 years from now! (Maybe 18 I am progressive).