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Location: central Belgium

PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: easy mead making Reply with quote

Hi all,

Last weekend I bottled 12 liter of mead. This was a first for me and I bassicaly followed the instructions in this youtube video:

I used strong tasting honey from last autumn, the mead tasts like a strong slightly sweet white wine with a hint of honey. Very pleasant taste. The color is clear bright yellow.

The simple recipe is:

1 part honey
2 parts tapwater
in total 12 liter
6 gram yeast
6 gram nutritional salt

Mix everything and put it in a clean large glass bottle with airlock, work clean but no coocking is involved.

Let it ferment in a dark cool place until the process stops by itself (about six weeks).
Then put it in bottles ready to drink or store.

As I said, this was a first time for me. Is it beginners luck or is it really so simple?

I would like to hear your experiences

friendly greetings

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Location: England/Co.Durham/Ebchester

PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one attempt at making mead and it was not successful. I only made it to use up the extraction equipment and wax washings. I use it to cook with but it makes me ill to drink it as it is.
Now I just strain the wax washings into an empty plastic pop bottle, put the lid on and leave it at room temperature for a few months and then drink. It becomes a very pleasant sparkling (probably very slightly alcoholic) drink that I can enjoy without any of the messing about with demi johns yeast etc. And it doesn't make me ill like I can get with wine/mead. For me it is all about not wasting the honey in the wash water rather than the actual making of mead though.
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