Hi all, As the title suggests, I am a new homebrewer and considering trying my hand at a mead for my wife. We've only had mead once before, and while I didn't particularly care for it, she absolutely loved it. If I decided to brew a mead, I am figuring on making a 1-gallon batch to start off, but I have a couple of questions and I'm sure I'll have more as I delve more deeply into the process:
- I know that making mead requires racking back and forth multiple times. How big of a primary fermenter will I need for a 1-gallon batch, and can I rack back into that during the clarifying stage(s) later in fermentation or would there be too much head pace?
- Knowing my wife's wine tastes, I'm pretty sure she'd like a sweet mead more than a dry one. Do the recipes for basic mead make a dry mead? If so, how would I best modify it to make a sweeter mead?