I'm a rank newbie, doing a lot of reading... and planning for my 2nd (or maybe third, depending on how my week-old batch of JAOM comes out) batch of Mead somewhere down the road.
I'm not jumping into creating my own recipe yet... I ain't that smart. Like I said, it's at least six months down the road - just getting head start on understanding more complicated processes than the JAOM calls for.
I'm liking the idea of a Bochet (using a caramelized honey, mostly because I tend to overcomplicate things anyway...).
So would I be right in thinking;
1) a ratio of between 3 and 4 lbs of honey per gallon of water is typical (more=dryer, less=sweeter?)
2) Some form of nutrient for the yeast is necessary (provided by the oranges and raisins in JAOM) - Fermaid? Purina Yeast Chow?
3) Racking from the primary to a secondary (based on what onnna them there hydrometer-things says... I'm still reading on that topic... here and at Gotmead) is necessary to leave the lees behind?
4) Aging in the secondary for months, to a year or more, is typically desirable? Not just to develop flavor, but to make sure the Yeast is done eating, so it won't 'splode any bottles you put it in?
I'm sure I'll have questions about selecting a yeast and various other possible ingredients (I'm leaning towards some dried cherries, a tea bag or two of Early Grey, and some toasted oak chips... but that's very very VERY preliminary.. like I said, months and months from now...
Lastly, I'm thinking about avoiding burning my apartment down, or making national news by being carried off physically by a swarm of bees while caramelizing my own honey by buying some from a place called Bills Bees (80 oz jug of caramelized honey for $25.. and an obscene amount of shipping considering I'm the same state...). Anyone try any Bills Bees caramelized honey?
OK.. enough mental meanderings for now.. (I was going to use another word instead of meanderings, but thought it best to assume this is a family friendly brewing discussion board
I appreciate any discussion my learning process sparks, even if it tends towards "Dude, just use a proven recipe... ".