I intend to start a braggot either today or tomorrow. Here's my question, I Don't want to have to buy gallons of spring water just to make batches of mead, braggot, wine, what have you. I know, I know, but every penny pinched can go towards better equipment. How do all of these folks who make a hundred gallons of mead a year use their tap water source? I have filters and such, But I have heard that there is a problem with chlorine and chloramines in the public water system. Is there a way to use tap water, or should I stick with buying the gallons of spring water?
Next, I would like someone to review my recipe as this will be my first 5 gallon batch.
3.3# Briess (sp?) amber LME
5# clover honey
1 oz. target hops split 3/4 oz. for 40 minute boil, 1/4 oz. for 5 minutes.
two weeks primary, three-four weeks secondary, prime then bottle in beer bottles. I'm a big fam of ambers such as fat tire by New Belgium, but I cannot find a single braggot at the liquor store. As always, I would not boil my honey. And I am basing my decisions on this post:
I have never used hops or malt, and am just worried that'll I'll screw something up. SWMBO is getting anxious that I'm wasting my time and vocalizes it frequently.