I've only made my first two batches of beer and already I have the itch to make some mead. Obviously I want to start out simple and the JAOM sounds like a great place to start. A couple of things I want to change out...
- Not a big fan of cinnamon and cloves - does this recipe have an interesting enough flavor with just the orange and the raisins? Would anyone recommend any less "spicy" spices/herbs? I have mint, sage, thyme, basil, and rosemary aplenty. To be honest, I'm more interested in imparting herbal flavors to the mead rather than fruity.
- I would prefer a mead of medium to off-dry sweetness. What yeast would be best for this?
I'll likely be making this stuff in 1-gallon batches - I like a well-made mead, but not often.
Thanks for dealing with my rank amateur questions.