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Old 08-29-2007, 09:12 PM   #1
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Hey, everyone.

I'm fairly new to homebrewing. I've only brewed up one batch of extract-based beer.

However, I'm very interested in getting into making mead, but I'm hoping to find a very basic mead recipe that doesn't get into using fruits.

Can anyone point me in the right direction to get started with something very basic?

Chris

EDIT: I should add that I'd prefer to make a slightly sweet mead.


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Old 08-29-2007, 09:36 PM   #2
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Welcome. Try these sites:

http://www.gotmead.com/mead-recipes/bees-lees-ii.shtml
http://www.brewerylane.com/mead_recipes.html


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Old 08-29-2007, 11:59 PM   #3
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Mead is as easy as honey,water and yeast or as complicated as you want to make it. I've never brewed any yet. I am starting my first batch this weekend so take what I say with a grain of salt. However I have read countless hours on making mead and I have a thread now with my recipe for my first batch. Just ask any specific questions and I am SURE you will get them answered here.
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Thanks to both of you. It seems recipes call for a varying amount of honey per batch. For a five-gallon batch, with the idea of trying to make the mead semi-sweet, how much honey should I be looking at adding?

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3-3.5 lbs/gallon, maybe more, depending you the yeast you use. EC1118 will ferment 3lbs/gallon into a dry mead. D47 might be a better choice if you want residual sweetness. If its still too dry, you can back sweeten (add honey after initial fermentation is done).
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Thanks to both of you. It seems recipes call for a varying amount of honey per batch. For a five-gallon batch, with the idea of trying to make the mead semi-sweet, how much honey should I be looking at adding?

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I agree with NurseNan 3 to 3.5 lbs per gallon is a good number. If you want your traditional I would absolutly use the Lalvin ICV D47 yeast. Just make sure use some Nutrients. This yeast will get your ABV to 14% but if you want it higher you can add some honey during the rackings and it can increase it to around the 17% mark. If you need a basic traditional receipe just give a yell, been using the same one since before 2000 and it turns out great everytime.

I also like my meads a bit sweeter so I do back sweeten mine. There are tons of receipes on gotmead.com and several of mine are there. Just a bit of advice, if your making a traditional mead get the best honey! Each can impart some really interesting flavors and aromas. I used Cranberry honey on the last batch and it did have a different spicy flavor.

Best of luck and let us know how you progress.
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Thanks, everyone.

I think I'll aim to give this a try very soon. I think there's a place not too far from me that sells natural honey, so I'll have to stop in and see what they have.

Thanks again.

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and what would that recipe be?
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and what would that recipe be?
Since that thread is over 2 1/2 years old, I'm not sure you'll get much response!
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haha i know but if he's being using the same recipe then he'll probably still have it


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