After tasting many of the meads being made at my LHBS, i tried my hand at a 1 gallon test batch. I was hoping someone might look over it and tell me if it sounds palatable or if i jacked it all up.
First the gal at the LHBS only had local wildflower honey left. She was pretty insistant that i should use some other honey for a mead but this local wild honey was dark and tastey so i went for it.
4# Local Wildflower honey
Fill water to just over 1 gallon
.5 oz yeast nutrient
1 capsule of what i think is Bru Vigor, someone handed it to me a while back
Madagascar vanilla beans for later in secondary
I basically mixed it all up un a gallon pitcher and funneled it into my 1 gallon glass carboy. Pitched the dry yeast as is, capped it with a blow off tube and stuck it in the fermentation chamber at about 60 degrees (with some ales in doing). I planned on letting it primary for a good while then drop some beans in. People i talked to made it sound real easy but the more i read the more i think i am going to need to help it out to make it good.
Should i degas it at some point? should i feed my yeast again later or will it be ok with what i gave it? I read it needs some O2 part way though primary, is that accurate?
This is a bit more complicated that i first thought
THanks in advance!