So the Mayans supposedly predicted the end of the world for 12/21/2012, and some of us think it would be nice to make a special, Mayan inspired, mead to toast when that day arrives.
The Mayas used cocoa and vanilla, so I've decided to use these for my End-of-the-World mead:
20+ lbs of honey (start with OG~1.14 and top off with honey after each racking as necessary - finish with an SG~1.010 - 1.015?).
16oz cocoa powder (12oz in primary and 4oz in secondary)
4oz vanilla powder (3oz in primary and 1oz in secondary)
6 tea bags steeped (add tea only)
1cup raisins (yeast food)
4tbsp lemon juice (acid)
5tsp yeast nutrient (staggered)
5tsp yeast energizer (staggered)
2pkg Lalvin EC-1118
I figure 1 month in primary, 1 month in secondary, and then rack every 2 months until SG is stable (1.010 - 1.015) and there are no more lees. Bottle somewhere around 8 – 12 months.
This thread is for anyone who is interested in creating a special, Mayan inspired mead to post recipes and exchange information. Let's have them!