Recipe: Easy First Time Mead

by David

List of Ingredients:

5 Gallon of Spring Water (do not get refrigerated)
1.5-4 pounds of pure unprocessed honey per gallon of water
2 teaspoons of yeast nutrient
2 teaspoons of yeast energizer
1 package of wine yeast

Adjust honey as follows for desired sweetness:

Specification Dry Medium Sweet Very Sweet
Honey per gallon 1.5 – 2.5 2 – 2.5 lbs 2.5 – 3 lbs 3 – 4+ lbs

Start by sanitizing your equipment.

Mix the honey, nutrient & energizer.

Hydrate the yeast, and add it when complete.

The next step is to mix the must vigorously, the more the better, 5 min would be ideal. This will aerate the mixture giving the yeast plenty of oxygen. After mixing is complete, put on the vapor lock and let it go.

Take a hydrometer reading.

Specification Dry Medium Sweet Very Sweet
Original Gravity 1.060 – 1.080 1.080 – 1.1005 1.100 – 1.120 1.120 – 1.140+
Final Gravity 0.994 – 1.010 1.010 – 1.020 1.020 – 1.035 1.030+

Keep in mind different yeasts will produce more alcohol and you may need to use an additive to stop fermentation

In about 4-7 hours you should start to see things happening…In 3-5 weeks the vapor lock will stop bubbling as most of the fermentation will be complete. At this time if you choose to taste the wine you will notice the alcohol but a harsh flavor.

In about 4-7 hours you should start to see things happening…In 3-5 weeks the vapor lock will stop bubbling as most of the fermentation will be complete. At this time if you choose to taste the wine you will notice the alcohol but a harsh flavor. Place the jug somewhere for two to three months, any time after that you can drink it.

Optional Steps:

  1. Make a starter, especially if using less aggressive yeast strains
  2. After the first three weeks when fermentation is complete, rack to assist with clearing.  If you would like to do multiple rackings go for it.

Pitch the Yeast!

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