Making homebrew mead!
Homemade mead example
- 4 gallons of water, spring water works best
- 15 pounds of honey, choose the type of honey that tastes great to you
- yeast activator/ a bag of yeast
Homebrew mead instructions
- Get a glass container to carry the must (the combination of the mead ingredients is called a must, similar to wine). Get an airlock to enable the CO2 to get released, as well es preventing outside influence from organisms. Get 4 gallons of water (spring water is best, if tap water, let it sit in the sun for a few days before using it) Get 15 pounds of honey (bulk is cheapest). I recommend organic, maybe something cheaper for the first batch. Get a mead yeast activator.
- Mix the must by stirring the honeywater (honey and water). Pitch (add) the yeast. Pour the ingredients into the container and seal with an airlock. Set into a dark room with the temperature optimal to the yeast activator (the container should tell you the optimal temperature) Until bubbles start to appear, mix every six hours, then stirring (or shaking) is no longer required.
- When only a bubble every 30 seconds is released the mead is ready. Separate the lees (yeast remains) from the mead and siphon it into bottles.
- If desired, age the mead.
A poll for the readers
Are you making homebrew mead in the near future?
Improving your mead
You can improve your homebrew mead by spicing it up! Literally or metaphorically.
- mix a different recipe by adding additional ingredients
- adding better yeast
- mix a different combination of honey and water (for example use more or less honey)
- try aging it
There are a huge amount of options available for improving your mead. It would be wise to mention, that every nation has its own variety (or even a few!). Try to make your nations traditional mead and compare it!