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Old 05-13-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Here is a recipe I am going to try. A poor man's table Mead. Just like table wine, the point is to make a low cost Mead for daily consumption. I also want to make it with only ingredients found at grocery stores.

Poor man's table Mead (5 gallons)

10 to 12 pounds of honey, whatever flavor is available
4 Gallons Spring water or drinking water.
1 cup of Grape nuts wort. This serves as a yeast nutrient
2 packages of fleischmann's dry yeast.

My hope is that this will create a drinkable dry mead to compliment dinner. The cost is about $58 dollars a batch. That means this should cost about $2.42 a bottle, if I can get 25 (750ml) bottles out of a batch.

 
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:59 AM   #2
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I'm excited to see how this turns out. Good luck!
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:15 AM   #3
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Your already at 58, why not go a couple more for decent yeast. If you were doing a $10 batch of something, sure give the bread yeast a try, but IMHO you are investing too much to not spend a few more bucks and give the rest of your grocery store ingredients a shot at making something decent

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Old 05-14-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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Yes, better yeast would help but I am trying to limit this recipe to what can be found at a grocery or produce store.

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Old 05-14-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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This sounds like an interesting idea. It would be nice to walk into the local market and grab everything I need to maze a mead in just one stop.

 
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:38 AM   #6
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WTF are grape nuts ? as its some sort of nitrogen source you'd normally use......
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WTF are grape nuts ? as its some sort of nitrogen source you'd normally use......
Uve never seen Grape Nuts cereal?


Although I have to ask, how do u mash/steep them?
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:22 PM   #8
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Grape nut Wort,

Take one cup of grape nuts to one cup of water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and wait five minutes. Strain and add just the liquid to your Mead must.

Instead of Fleischmann’s dry yeast, you could also make your own yeast.

Homemade wine yeast,

Take 2 cups of grapes and crush them in a small bowl.
Cover with orange juice (about one cup).
Add one teaspoon of white sugar.
Stir.
Cover the small bowl with a kitchen towel and store in a warm place between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for a few days.
When it reaches the bubbling stage and has about an inch of foam on top, strain the solids out and pitch the yeast into a 5 gallon batch of Mead.

You might try experimenting with this yeast by substituting the grapes for other fruits or berries. That may change the taste characteristics of the homemade yeast. I do not think there would be enough juice in this one cup of yeast to influence the overall taste of the Mead since we are talking about 1 cup to 5 gallons ration.

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Poor man's table Mead (5 gallons)


10 to 12 pounds of honey, whatever flavor is available
4 Gallons Spring water or drinking water.
1 cup of Grape nuts wort. This serves as a yeast nutrient
1 cup of homemade wine yeast.

 
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Grape nut Wort,

Take one cup of grape nuts to one cup of water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and wait five minutes. Strain and add just the liquid to your Mead must.

Instead of Fleischmann’s dry yeast, you could also make your own yeast.

Homemade wine yeast,

Take 2 cups of grapes and crush them in a small bowl.
Cover with orange juice (about one cup).
Add one teaspoon of white sugar.
Stir.
Cover the small bowl with a kitchen towel and store in a warm place between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for a few days.
When it reaches the bubbling stage and has about an inch of foam on top, strain the solids out and pitch the yeast into a 5 gallon batch of Mead.

You might try experimenting with this yeast by substituting the grapes for other fruits or berries. That may change the taste characteristics of the homemade yeast. I do not think there would be enough juice in this one cup of yeast to influence the overall taste of the Mead since we are talking about 1 cup to 5 gallons ration.

Alternative recipe.

Poor man's table Mead (5 gallons)


10 to 12 pounds of honey, whatever flavor is available
4 Gallons Spring water or drinking water.
1 cup of Grape nuts wort. This serves as a yeast nutrient
1 cup of homemade wine yeast.
Hmmm, sounds like ur getting wild yeast off of the grapes. Interesting, I think i might have to try it
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Grape nut Wort,

Take one cup of grape nuts to one cup of water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and wait five minutes. Strain and add just the liquid to your Mead must.

Instead of Fleischmann’s dry yeast, you could also make your own yeast.

Homemade wine yeast,

Take 2 cups of grapes and crush them in a small bowl.
Cover with orange juice (about one cup).
Add one teaspoon of white sugar.
Stir.
Cover the small bowl with a kitchen towel and store in a warm place between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for a few days.
When it reaches the bubbling stage and has about an inch of foam on top, strain the solids out and pitch the yeast into a 5 gallon batch of Mead.

You might try experimenting with this yeast by substituting the grapes for other fruits or berries. That may change the taste characteristics of the homemade yeast. I do not think there would be enough juice in this one cup of yeast to influence the overall taste of the Mead since we are talking about 1 cup to 5 gallons ration.

Alternative recipe.

Poor man's table Mead (5 gallons)

10 to 12 pounds of honey, whatever flavor is available
4 Gallons Spring water or drinking water.
1 cup of Grape nuts wort. This serves as a yeast nutrient
1 cup of homemade wine yeast.
I like the homemade yeast idea. Where'd you find it?
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