Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Simple Mead


When I think of mead, I think of vikings. Many other people drank mead. There are accounts of mead from 4000 BC, Romans and Egyptians all had a taste. We’ve been having some fun brewing up English Ale, Plum wine and most recently mead or a honey wine.

Mead is very easy to make. It doesn’t take long to put the ingredients together but it does take a while to ferment once it’s bottled. We haven’t even tried it yet because it takes 6 months to ferment in the bottles but I’m excited to sample the brew.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 ½ pounds of honey
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 heaping tsp yeast
  • Large pot
  • Demijohn
  • Airlock seal
  • 7-10 bottles with tight fitting lids
  • Siphon
  • Small strainer

Directions:

Dissolve the honey with 1 gallon of water in a large pot. Add the fruit juice and let cool. Hydrate and then mix in the yeast. Strain the mixture into the demijohn put on an airlock and leave the mead to ferment. When fermentation stops (it’s not bubbling anymore) siphon the mead into sterilized bottles. Let bottles sit for 6 months.

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