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Anyone have a "fail proof" recipe for a standard mead. i am hoping to make a nice batch, but would like a nice starting point as opposed to all the cranberry / apple walnut crazy types i see in the recipe list.

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When you say "standard mead" what do you mean. Do you not want it to have a fruit, nut or herb flavor? If you do what are your tastes? Without more info people will direct you to the famous JAOM. Look at gotmead.com in the newbee section and read through the tutorial. It has the original JAOM recipe in there.
 

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Something that is simple in ingredients but not as standard as a show mead "which is just honey, water & yeast", is a Bochet. Look that up on this sight. It is getting to be more and more popular these days. The recipe can be simple like this:

1 gallon Bochet
3lb of clover honey boiled for 1.5 - 2 hours. (please see warnings for boiling honey on most of the other threads)
Small handful of Finley chopped raisins for yeast food
Boil 1tsp of bread yeast in 1 cup of water for 15 min and cool to add as yeast food.
Add spring water until at one gallon
Shake/ aerate a lot
Pitch a champagn/wine yeast
Add airlock an rack every couple months till clear.

The great thing about mead is that there are so many ways to prepare it. The above Bochet is simple and can be done with a few walmart ingreadiants lack the yeast. keep looking around untill you see something you like and go for it.
 

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Something that is simple in ingredients but not as standard as a show mead "which is just honey, water & yeast", is a Bochet. Look that up on this sight. It is getting to be more and more popular these days. The recipe can be simple like this:

1 gallon Bochet
3lb of clover honey boiled for 1.5 - 2 hours. (please see warnings for boiling honey on most of the other threads)
Small handful of Finley chopped raisins for yeast food
Boil 1tsp of bread yeast in 1 cup of water for 15 min and cool to add as yeast food.
Add spring water until at one gallon
Shake/ aerate a lot
Pitch a champagn/wine yeast
Add airlock an rack every couple months till clear.

The great thing about mead is that there are so many ways to prepare it. The above Bochet is simple and can be done with a few walmart ingreadiants lack the yeast. keep looking around untill you see something you like and go for it.
If you want to go even more basic and not venture into the napalm world of boiled honey that we are all becomeing very fond of yet, you can use this recipe and just skip the boiling part, use the honey raw as is for a nice "traditional" style mead.

The only thing I might add to it is give your container a good shake, swirl or stir (with a sanitized utensile) for the first few days after pitching to degas/re-aerate, your yeast will thank you
 

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