Just made my first melomel (and second batch of mead ever) tonight, so unfortunately I can't really add much advice to help you, sorry.
I used a slightly different method that I read about a few places, and my local "expert" added to. One which has it already airlocked.
My ingredients list:
3 pounds of orange blossom honey
1 pound of red cherries pitted and stems removed
2 long madagascar vanilla beans split
*2 tsp yeast nutrient
*Red Star "Pasteur Red" dry yeast
bottled spring water (my tap water has alot of minerals and off taste)
*= recommendations of that "expert" thats been making mead for 20+ years
started by sanitizing EVERYTHING, even some extra equipment on the "might use" list
mixed 1 cup of the spring water, boiled then cooled to 95 degrees as the package recommended, added 1/4 tsp nutrient and 1 tsp of honey, sealed the container and shook the hell out of it to mix/add oxygen, poured yeast on top and left it alone (again the experts recipe)
Warmed half the estimated amount of water to 90-100 degrees, removed from heat, added honey that had been in a warm water bath to thin out some, used a ss wire wisk to mix, start the oxygenation process
Added nutrient to remainder of water that was sealed and set outside to use for cooling to pitch temp later.
Placed cherries and vanilla beans into fermenter.
Wisked the hell out of honey/water, added half of the nutrient enriched water (I think the fact that not all of the water will be used due to displacement is why extra nutrient was recommended), continued wisking while it got nice and foamy and watching yeast "starter" erupting in the container
Poured cooled and nicely oxygenated must into the fermenter, shook up and poured yeast slurry into fermenter, plugged and shook again.
Put it to bed in a dark temp controlled location
I forgot to add the step where my daughter decided the hydrometer looked cool, then tested how well it bounced for me while I had my back to her wisking must...needless to say there is no OG reading
so if any of the more experienced people out there would like to give me an educated guess as to where it would be reading, I'd be interested in hearing.
Will post updates, OH YEAH it's exactly 2 hours since pitching and airlock is already starting to bubble.