Honey Mead Making

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  1. Schfinkter

    Schfinkter Well-Known Member

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    Just curious to see if any of the other fanatics have ever messed with making their own mead? I started my first 5 gallon batch on Saturday. It all seems to be going well so far, but I guess we'll see in a couple of weeks before I move it to the secondary fermenter.
     
  2. AmesHawk

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    Never done a mead, what yeast are you using?
     
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    Compared to beer brewing mead seemed a lot more daunting. Nutrient balance was more important, and you couldn't just let it coast and forget about it. Let us know how it turns out.
     
  5. TykeClone

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    That's what I do and it turns out spectacularly. When I make a batch, I let it sit for at least a year before bottling.
     
  6. Schfinkter

    Schfinkter Well-Known Member

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    I used a champagne yeast and some yeast nutrient. We'll see how it goes.
     
  7. ianoconnor

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    How many pounds of honey go into a 5 gallon batch? Did you buy in bulk?

    There's a super popular starter mead recipe called Joe's Ancient Old Mead (JAOM) that I've read about on HBT. Anyone ever try it?
     
  8. Schfinkter

    Schfinkter Well-Known Member

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    I put in a little over 15 lbs of honey. I have an apiarist in the area that agreed to trade me the honey for some of the mead. I liked that idea more than just buying it in bulk from amazon or something.
     
  9. 2020cy

    2020cy Well-Known Member

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    Made some in a chemistry class at ISU. It wasn't very good.
     
  10. VeloClone

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    I have some friends who keep bees and make their own beer so it was inevitable that they eventually had some surplus honey that they needed to use and he made some mead. I ended up with a six pack of it and it was tremendous.
     
  11. Schfinkter

    Schfinkter Well-Known Member

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    Do you know how long he let it age before drinking it? I've heard everything from a month to a year.
     
  12. TykeClone

    TykeClone Burgermeister!

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    longer is better
     
  13. Where can one get mead? I have never had it and my Germanic half is bellowing for some.
     
  14. ripvdub

    ripvdub Well-Known Member

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    I hint mead is like cider, the longer the better. Cider is much easier and cheaper to make. I haven't brewed beer in about a year, need to get back on the brewing wAgon, it's just much easier when it's not winter.
     
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  15. Schfinkter

    Schfinkter Well-Known Member

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    See the link above from My own. It's not widely sold.
     
  16. Schfinkter

    Schfinkter Well-Known Member

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    Mtown not my own.. sorry
     
  17. mtowncyclone13

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    Buzzed Bee sells their mead in the Marshalltown HyVee.
     
  18. VeloClone

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    I think it was almost a year when he gave me some. He wasn't impressed with it but another buddy who I drank it with was with me in thinking it was very good.
     

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