***Warning*** I have lots of pics lol :P
I just bought Radical Brewing so I decided to make the Fireball Mead
15 lbs of honey
2 tsp nutrient
2 tsp energizer
CR51 Yeast (I wanted Wyeast 4028 but they didn't have it. but this one should work)
The closest thing to "Red Zinger Tea" in my area seems to be "Raspberry Zinger Tea" I made a cup to see what it was like. It had a nice red color but I did not like the taste so I did not
put it in my brew. I let the fireballs sit over night in the brew pot with about 1 and 1/2 gallons of water. Next day I heated it up to 160 F for a few minutes. Added the Honey at flame out and stirred it up good. Cooled it to about 80 F in the sink. Poured into glass fermentor and topped it up to 5 gallons. (I think??) anyone know where the 5 gallon mark is on one of these? lol My hydrometer said 1.050 but that didn't seem right to me. this is also my first 5 gallon mead so who knows. anyway I pitched the yeast Saturday and it is fermenting very very slowly lol
I think I will leave it alone in the primary and secondary for 3 months (each) then rack it one last time for the cinnamon oil addition. then bottle. What do you all think?
To carbonate or not to carbonate, that is the questions?
Pictures so far