Introduction: How to Make Mead (Honey Wine)

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Mead is super easy to make. And turns out GREAT!! (most of the time)

Depending on your Recipe. It can Take as little as a month, years, or even up to a life time for it to ferment.

The recipe I will post first is great for is GREAT for first starting out. And only takes a Month or so to ferment.

Also Mead is one cheep and easy ways to gift for the holidays.

If you have ever wanted to start to brew. This is something easy and fast to try, just don't hesitate, you only live once.

Step 1: What Is Mead?

Mead or honey wine is the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man. It is made from honey and water via fermentation with yeast. It may be still, carbonated, or sparkling; it may be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.

Unlike beers and cider, meads (being wines) are drunk in small quantities. Therefore, we make them as strong as we can. The amount of alcohol we can make in meads is limited by the capacity of the yeast we add to withstand alcohol. And it is important to understand that yeast cannot live in a solution containing more than 14%of alcohol by volume. This is the usual amount that will destroy the yeast. But under certain circumstances and with suitable yeast the percentage might be as high as 18%. On the whole an amateur is unlikely to produce more than 16%, this is because he is unlikely to be able to carry out ferments under laboratory conditions with constantly favorable temps and a scientifically balanced must.

Depending on local traditions and specific recipes, it may be brewed with spices, fruits, or grain mash. It may be produced by fermentation of honey with grain mash, mead may also be flavored with to produce a bitter, Beer-like flavor.

Mead is independently multicultural. It is known from many sources of ancient history throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, although archaeological evidence of it is ambiguous. Its origins are lost in prehistory; "it can be regarded as the ancestor of all fermented drinks," Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat has observed, "antedating the cultivation of the soil." Claude Levi-Strauss makes a case for the invention of mead as a marker of the passage "from nature to culture."

Step 2: Honey

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Honey- is made up up approximately 70% sugar, the remainder is made up of impurities. Such as yeast, bacteria, water, albumen (Egg white is the common name for the clear liquid), and ash. But our main concern is the amount of sugar, for it is what the yeast feeds on to produce the alcohol that is desired. The yeast and bacteria are also our concern, but these are going to be taken care of while brewing.

If you use Little honey the wine will be dry, if you use ALOT of honey it will be sweet! Even if you want it to be sweeter you can also add more sugar like corn sugar, if u do not have corn sugar available, cane will work but defiantly not as good.

Step 3: Varieties

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  • Acan— A Native Mexican version of mead.
  • Acerglyn — A mead made with honey and maple syrup.
  • Bochet — A mead where the honey is caramelized or burned separately before adding the water. Gives toffee, chocolate, marshmallow flavors.
  • Braggot — Braggot (also called bracket or brackett). Originally brewed with honey and hops, later with honey and malt — with or without hops added. Welsh origin (bragawd).
  • Black mead — A name sometimes given to the blend of honey and blackcurrants.
  • Capsicumel — A mead flavored with chile peppers.
  • Chouchenn — A kind of mead made in Brittany.
  • Cyser — A blend of honey and Apple juice fermented together; see also cider.
  • Czwórniak — A Polish mead, made using three units of water for each unit of honey
  • Dandaghare — A mead from Nepal, combines honey with Himalayan herbs and spices. It has been brewed since 1972 in the city of Pokhara.
  • Dwójniak — A Polish mead, made using equal amounts of water and honey
  • Great mead — Any mead that is intended to be aged several years. The designation is meant to distinguish this type of mead from "short mead" (see below).
  • Gverc or Medovina — Croatin mead prepared in Samobor and many other places. The word “gverc” or “gvirc” is from the German "Gewürze" and refers to various spices added to mead.
  • Hydromel — Hydromel literally means "water-honey" in Greek. It is also the French name for mead. (Compare with the Spanish hidromiel and aquamiel, Italian idromele and Portuquese hidromel). It is also used as a name for a very light or low-alcohol mead.
  • Medica — Slovenian, Croatian, variety of Mead.
  • Medovina— Czech, Serbian, Bulqarian, Bosnian and Slovak for mead. Commercially available in Czech Republic, Slovakia and presumably other Central and Eastern European countries.
  • Medovukha — Eastern Slavic variant (honey-based fermented drink)
  • Melomel — Melomel is made from honey and any fruit. Depending on the fruit-base used, certain melomels may also be known by more specific names (see cyser, pyment, morat for examples)
  • Metheglin — Metheglin starts with traditional mead but has herbs and/or spices added. Some of the most common metheglins are ginger, tea, orange peel, nutmeg,coriander, cinnamon, cloves or vanilla. Its name indicates that many metheglins were originally employed as folk medicines. The Welsh word for mead is medd, and the word "metheglin" derives from meddyglyn, a compound of meddyg, "healing" + llyn, "liquor."
  • Morat — Morat blends honey and Mulberries.
  • Mulsum— Mulsum is not a true mead, but is unfermented honey blended with a high-alcohol wine.
  • Omphacomel — A mediæval mead recipe that blends honey with ver-juice; could therefore be considered a variety of pyment (qv).
  • Oxymel — Another historical mead recipe, blending honey with wine vinegar.
  • Pitarrilla — Mayan drink made from a fermented mixture of wild honey, balche tree bark and fresh water.
  • Pyment — Pyment blends honey and red or white grapes. Pyment made with white grape juice is sometimes called "white mead."
  • PóBtorak — A Polish mead, made using two units of honey for each unit of water
  • Rhodomel — Rhodomel is made from honey,rode hips, petals or rose attar and water.
  • Sack mead — This refers to mead that is made with more copious amounts of honey than usual. The finished product retains an extremely high specific gravity and elevated levels of sweetness. It derives its name, according to one theory, from the fortified dessert wine Sherry (which is sometimes sweetened after fermentation and in England once bore the nickname of "sack"); another theory is that the term derived from the Japanese drink sake, being introduced by Spanish and Portuguese traders.
  • Short mead — Also called "quick mead." A type of mead recipe that is meant to age quickly, for immediate consumption. Because of the techniques used in its creation, short mead shares some qualities found in cider (or even light ale): primarily that it is effervescent, and often has a cidery taste. It can also be champagne-like.
  • Show mead — A term which has come to mean "plain" mead: that which has honey and water as a base, with no fruits, spices or extra flavorings. Since honey alone often does not provide enough nourishment for the yeast to carry on its life cycle, a mead that is devoid of fruit, etc. will sometimes require a special yeast nutrient and other enzymes to produce an acceptable finished product. In most competitions including all those using the BJCP style guidelines as well as the International Mead Fest, the term "traditional mead" is used for this variety. It should be considered, however, that since mead is historically a very variable product, such recent (and artificial) guidelines apply mainly to competition judging as a means of providing a common language; style guidelines, per se, do not really apply to commercial and historical examples of this or any type of mead.
  • Sima - a quickly fermented low-alcoholic Finnish variety, seasoned with lemon and associated with the festival of yappu.
  • Tej— Tej is an Ethiopian mead, fermented with wild yeasts (and bacteria), and with the addition of gesho. Recipes vary from family to family, with some recipes leaning towards braggot with the inclusion of grains.
  • Trójniak — A Polish mead, made using two units of water for each unit of honey.
  • White mead — A mead that is colored white, either from herbs or fruit used or sometimes egg whites.

Step 4: Hardware

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Hardware Needed:
-5g Glass Carboy. (NOT PLASTIC, plastic can leach into your brew, even the smallest scratch will harvest bacteria even after being sanitizing)
---For testing new brews. You can use a smaller Carboy. They make them in many many different sizes.
-Carboy Handle (not required, but that 5g full can be extremely heavy)
-Stopper with a hole for the Airlock or Carboy cap
-Stock pot (the Larger the better, I used a 12qt originally, You will need a MUCH bigger one to make it -easier on your self)
-Spoon or Stirrer (NOT WOOD, wood is to porous.)
-Screen and or Cheese cloth

For Cleaning:

-Sanitizer (odorless and tasteless is better! Personal choice would be "Star San HB" )
-Spray bottle (for easier for Sanitizing some items)
-Bottle Brush

For Bottling and Tasting:

-with Tubing and clamp
-Bottles (CLEAN ONES)
-Caps and Bottle Caper OR Corks and Bottle Corker

Step 5: Chousing Your Recipe

There are soo many Recipes out there. So one of the hardest thing to do is just need to pick one. One of the best places I have found is Home Brew Talk and Beer
Home Brew Talk

Step 6: Sanitizing

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Sanitizing is the most important thing you can do!

Germs = bad news for the brew.

You can make your solution and use the spray bottle to spray everything down.

After you sanitize everything,  Must let it sit at least 3min. Let suds dissipate or rinse clean.

Step 7: Software (Light Lemonaid Mean)

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5-7lbs Honey
2 lbs Sugar (corn sugar is better, but i use cane sugar on my last couple brews)
5 tsp Yeast Nutrient
4 cans of Lemonade Frozen Concentrate, 12 oz cans (un-thaw to make it easier)
1 packet Champagne Yeast(or any other type you would like to use)
Filtered water

Sounds easy enough dussen't it?

**A note on honey. Unprocessed and raw honey will have more flavor. Many honeys out there, the bee's have only harvested from specific flowers. So the honey will have a different flavor to it, expectantly after fermenting.**

Step 8: Step 1

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Heat 1 gal water to 170.

2 lbs Corn Sugar
5 tsp Yeast Nutrient

Stir until Dissolved!

Step 9: Step 2

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Bring back up to 180

Add 4 cans of Lemonade Frozen Concentrate

Bring back up to 180

Add at least 1 Gallon of FILTERED water to cool off before you transfer it into the Carboy.

Let cool to room temp then Transfer your mixture into your carboy.

If there is any pulp/seeds/sediment. A smart thing to do is filter it out. You can ether get a screen or cheese cloth. Depending on how big your pulp/seeds/sediment determines what to use. I have a fine plastic round screen that fits into the funnel. Works well for seeds and fine pulp.

Add(pitch) 1 packet Champagne Yeast, and add more Filtered water. Then shake/swirl to mix! There is no need to rehydrate the yeast. There is plenty of water to activate it. If you would like to rehydrate the yeast that is fine. Just do not add water to your mix until you  put find out how much room to leave for the rehydrate yeast.

Depending on your Recipe depends on how much room you need to leave at the top for Air/foam. For this one you can go a little further than i have.

The reason why it is a must that you leave room for the air is Because of the foam / bubbles that will form while fermenting. You do not! DO NOT!! Want the foam to reach your air lock. It can compromise your Brew.

It will be ready about 4 weeks to bottle!!

Step 10: Let It Sit!!!

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That means DON'T TOUCH!! Don't do anything! Let it sit! Leave it Be! The longer the better.

After you put your Brew into your container, About 1 hr afterwords you will notice the Airlock moving.  The Airlock is allowing the Co2 that the yeast produces to escape so that It will not EXPLODE!!

When it comes to mead or wine. You need to let it sit. The longer the better! Need to let it sit so that the sediment will fall to the bottom. Its a slow process. But it is worth it.

With mead/wine, when it is Crystal clear, it is ready to bottle or guzzle down. But with this one because of the Concentrate it will not go crystal clear. It will be ready about 4 weeks! You can let it sit for longer if you would like. But the longer you let sit the better!!

Step 11: Bottling

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Bottling can be easy. Ether one of many thing you can do to get the bottles.
-Drink and save. (Save darker bottles not clear)
-You can $ them in bulk from a Brew supply store.
-Some Supply stores they have a drop off for empty used bottles and who ever can pick them up for free.

If you do "Drink and save" or get them for free or even just $ them. You need to wash them clean. Get down and dirty with the bottles. Wash them clean from the inside out. Scrape and Clean off the labels while you are at it.

After they are all clean and dry, sanitize them. Fill a bucket and use your Siphon with the Tubing attached with the clamp( or you can pinch it. but the clamp makes life easier)

Step 12: Siphoning

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Siphoning. If you don't know how to yet. Then its time to learn. Just remember that Gravity is your friend. The higher up your Carboy is the faster you can fill the bottles. Hence the toy box.

If your Carboy looks like it has larger sediment (seeds, pulp, ect) use a screen and a small funnel when putting into the bottles. With this one, the pulp will not hurt anything if some duss make it into the bottles.

When getting down to the bottom. Make sure you do not Siphon any of the sediment. The nasty goop on the bottom. If you tilt or prop it so that you can get the last bit. It will give you a extra bottle possibly two bottles.

Step 13: Capping or Corking

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Its up too you. Ether cap or cork. I personally would say cap. Corks allow air to come out of your bottle. Also more than likely you are going to have this all drank up pretty quick. So its your choice.

For your first time making U should just do smaller bottles and see how it goes (12-22oz).

For your next batch I will be using larger bottles. 22oz - 375 ml.  Still use a had full of 12oz so you can check on how it is before you pop the larger bottles.

Some Supply stores do have the capers and corkers able to be rented. If not they are usually not very expensive.

After you cap. Let the bottles sit for a week to a month. The bottles will become crystal clear  and there will be a little yeast left in the bottle to help carbonate it a little, at least make it a little bubbly. Make it a little bubbly. During the wait time, there will be a little more sediment to sink to the bottom.

Step 14: Finished Product!

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About a week or 2 after bottling. This is what it can look like. Crystal clear, Bubbles!! Tastes amazing!! It resembles Champagne, go figure after using Champagne yeast.

Longer you let it sit before you bottle. The better it will get!

Step 15: In the Future!!

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Future Brews:
Started 4/10/10 "Guava Strawberry Mead" 5gl
--4/26/10 Coming along nicely, Took out a taste of it.. Not sure how much more time.
--5/13/10 Bottled 24-22oz and 12-12oz

Started 5/01/10 "Raspberry Mead" 1gl
--Starting S.G. 1.080 - 95`
--5/20/10 2nd stage. S.G. atm 1.005 - 64` -  atm 9.5% alc
--6/16/10 Rack. S.G. - .980 - 76`

Started 5/01/10 "Blueberry Mead" 1gl
--Starting S.G. 1.075 - 95`
--5/20/10 2nd stage. S.G. atm 1.015 - 63` -  atm 8.83% alk
--6/16/10 Rack. S.G. - . 1.015 - 76`

Started 5/16/10 "Peach Strawberry Mead" 5g
--Starting S.G. 1.075 - 75`
--6/16/10Rack. S.G. - .920 - 76`

Started 6/24 "Orange and Vanilla Mead" 1g
--Starting S.G. - 1.175 - 80` (SG is really high. should turn out sweet)

Started 6/24 "Clover Mead" 1g
--Starting S.G. - 1.175 - 80'

Started 6/24 "Cyser" "Apple Mead"
--Starting S.G. - 1.085 - 80'

"Cherry Mead"
"Blackberry Mead"
"Dandelion Wine"
"Peach Mead"
"Sweet Potato Pie Mead"
"Pumpkin Mead"
"Pineapple Mead"
"Chocolate Cherry Mead"
"Buttery Sweet Tooth"
"Vanilla Mead"
"Kiwi Mead"
"Apricot Mead"
"Mulberry Mead"
"Raisin Clove Mead"

Any fruit I can think of, I want to trying out. If it turns out I will add it to this with the Recipe.

Step 16: Calculating Alcoholic Percentage

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There are two things that you need.
1- Hydrometer
2- A testing tube - to hold thing substance while you take measurements.

The readings you will need. "Original Gravity" (Starting) and (Ending), and "temperature" (Starting) and (Ending).

Alcohol percentage by weight equals 76.08 times Original Gravity minus Final Gravity divided by 1.775 minus Original Gravity. It is easier to scribble this down: ABW = 76.08(OG-FG)/(1.775-OG). ABW is used mostly in the United States, while the rest of the beer world (as well as the wine and spirits world) measures Alcohol by Volume (ABV). That conversion is easy: ABV = ABW (FG/.794).

Now you can scribble all this dun and put it to work. OR.. BIG OR.. you can click here and use this calculator to do the work for you

Step 17: Strawberry Guava

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5-7lbs Honey
2 lbs Sugar (corn sugar is better, but i use cane sugar on this one)
3 tbsp Yeast Nutrient
2 tbsp Pectic Enzyme (will help clear up your brew over time)
5 cans - Strawberry Guava Frozen Concentrate (Walmart brand), 12 oz cans (un-thaw to make it easier)
1 can of Welshes White Grape Concentrate
1 packet Champagne Yeast(or any other type you would like to use)
Filtered water

Heat 1 gal water to 180.
-Honey (more=sweet, less = dry)
-2 lb Corn Sugar
-3 tbsp Yeast Nutrient
-2 tbsp Pectic Enzyme

Bring back up to 180
-Add 5 cans - Strawberry Guava Frozen Concentrate
Stir until Dissolved! At this point you can take it off the heat.
-Let cool to room Temp.
-Filter into Carboy. If you need to filter more than once to make sure all pulp/seeds are removed. Less pulp the better.

Add water to fill

Make sure to take your readings if you want to know how much alk it will turn out to be. And do this before you Pitch the yeast.

Pitch your Yeast and shake well

After about a month or 2 when the airlock has slowed down 30sec-1min. You will notice a great deal of space has been made (from yeast feasting on the sugars). Siphon your mixture into another carboy (if u dont have a 2nd one, use any container you can use that is not plastic. Then clean out your carboy) so you can remove all sediment.
- Add the one can of Welshes White Grape Concentrate (thawed)
- add water to fill

After another month or so It should be ready to bottle. If it is not clear. Wate untill crystal clear or you will have dead yeast and other fine sediment at the bottom of your bottle. If you bottle at this point. Just wate for the bottoled brew to become Clear.


TadashiK (author)2015-08-31

There are many that will take this instructables as gospel. While there are some good points in here, there are also some clarifications that should be made. The instructions are for a carbonated melomel (mead with fruit), not just a standard mead. A standard mead is just the honey and water. Meads themselves don't HAVE to be bubbly like a champagne, or flat like a wine. They can be either, and you should bottle according to that. Some meads are made to be aged, so capping doesn't work as well as the aging process lengthens. There are plenty of resources to balance out some of the info here. I did find that there was some nice information that made me think of different combinations for my meads and mead variants. For those that are looking into making his/her own mead, utilize multiple guides to find what is right for you. There are many different methods and they produce different meads.

JustinL197 (author)2017-11-28

Here's hoping this isn't a dead post.

I've started this recipe for a class project on 11/05. From above, it should be done fermenting soon but since it is for a class, I have a very short time frame to make sure it is finished. I'm hoping to bottle on 12/05 but have a refractometer instead of a hydrometer so i didn't test the original gravity and probably can not test the final sugar content.

The airlock is still moving and i can still see typical Champaign size bubbles on the inside. Will these stop moving when the brew is done fermenting?

Also i know that this mead is a sparkling mead but i puchased the bottles below hoping that they would be good enough. Will they be?

JustinL197 (author)JustinL1972017-11-28

Dicey96 (author)2017-10-18

How do you make mead that's still and not at all carbonated? Step 13 says to leave it for at least a week and that it becomes somewhat bubbly. Does that mean it's fizzy? If so, how do you make still?

JustellV (author)2016-02-12

hi! Is there anything I can rep place concentrated lemonade with? I live in Russia and I'm not sure how concentrated lemonade even tastes and in what proportions and with what it can be replaced.

LisaM382 (author)JustellV2016-12-25

I wonder in a survival situation if there is a way to make use of wild yeast, such as one does with a sourdough starter?

WilliamM45 (author)LisaM3822017-09-13

You could culture wild yeasts like this: In a sterilized jar mix equal portions RAW, unpasteurized honey (raw or unpasteurized honeys sometimes have the wild yeasts and enzymes in them) and spring water. Mix this well and cover the hjar with a paper kitchen towel. this will keep out bugs and dust. The payer towel is porous which will allow the air, which all around us contains 'wild yeast strains' When you see a few bubbles rising on the surface of this mixture, you're basically 'good to go'. Add a bit more honey to this mixture, stir well with a sterilized spoon, (you don't want to contaminate the starter) and let it go a few days longer. You want to make sure you've got a lively and strong fermentation going before adding this to your main batch of mead. One of the problems with wild yeasts; they're fickle, and you don't know if you've captured a good yeast strain or one that'll possibly spoil your mead. That's why it's best to use a cultured wine yeast, like 'Red Star' Pasteur Champagne. This cultured yeast is pure and has nothing bad that could spoil your batch of mead. With sourdough, the process is different. i live in San Francisco and acquired a heritage sourdough starter many years ago that bakes sourdough bread as good if not better than any commercial sourdough i've tasted and I've tasted many, having lived here for over 30 years. Recently i tried making a sourdough starter from scratch. I used water from boiled potatoes. I set the cooled potato water in a large sterilized jar, covered it with a paper towel held down with a rubber band for several days until it became cloudy and i waw bubbles around the surface of the potato water. then I added a bit of unbleached flour to give it some 'food' and let it go for a couple of days more. Since I had about 2 cups of potato water, I ended up adding 2 cups of unbleached flour in 1/2 cup increments every 12 hours or so until the mixture looks like pancake batter but was full of air bubbles so i knew I'd captured 'Lactobacillus'. Then i refrigerated it for a couple of days t let it rest. A few days later i took it out of refrigeration, poured off half of the batter, ( I made pancakes with this, why throw it away), added equal parts spring water and unbleached flour to the large jar, stirred it well with a sterilized spoon, covered it again with the paper towel and let sit on my kitchen counter overnight. By the next morning, it was foaming briskly. Then I knew I'd made a true sourdough starter. I store this in a large Italian 'Fido' canning jar or French 'Bocal' jar, the kind of jars with baling wire clamps, glass lids and rubber gaskets, just remove the gasket and replace it with a piece of saran wrap. Since a sourdough starter is alive and fermenting, closing it up tightly will result in an exploding jar and a mess in your refrigerator. When not using the starter, store it in the 'fridge' and when you want to bake bread double it up, pull half starter out to use and replace what you borrowed with equal parts pure spring water and unbleached flour, cover and set on the kitchen counter overnight to 'proof' return this to the 'fridge for your next batch. I use my heritage starter, which I understand from the guy i acquired it from, it has been in his family since the early 1900's as well as my home made starter in the same ways. Use approximately half the volume starter and half unbleached flour and if necessary some spring water if necessary to make a smooth dough. Knead this after mixing the starter and water and flour. until you have a smooth dough. Place it in a greased bowl and cover, set in a warm place to double, about two hours or so. Turn the dough out onto a floured source and knead briefly to form it into a loaf. Set in a warm place to double again, about 30-45 minutes. Slash the surface of the dough with a razor blade and sprinkle with cold water. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven. for 45 minutes or until it looks golden brown

Burgerboy118 (author)JustellV2016-07-05

Im from the Uk and lemonade here is known to be carbonated but in the US they say lemonade for lemon juice. Concentrated lemonade is pure lemon juice squeezed out of the lemon. Microwaving the lemon for 25 seconds will help getting more juice out.

QazW2 (author)Burgerboy1182017-01-23

those "cans" of lemonade mix are usually frozen (found in frozen section of market) and can be substituted with a mixture of simple syrup and lemon juice

LesleyM9 (author)Burgerboy1182016-09-08

In the US lemon juice and lemonade are NOT the same thing. Lemonade is a sweetened beverage made from lemon juice, and concentrated lemonade is version of this that is frozen and mixed with water to reconstitute.

yes this is correct :)

lostbord999 (author)JustellV2016-02-13

with the concentrated lemonade i use is compaired to 7 med lemons. juiced and strained. :)

JustellV (author)lostbord9992016-02-13

Thank you! Will try this!)

scarecrow84 (author)2014-04-20

What about storing in canning jars should that be okay ?

WilliamM45 (author)scarecrow842017-09-13

Mead like wine can and will spoil when exposed to air for a long while and will turn to vinegar if left to the air too long. You want to bottle it in sterilized wine bottles when you're absolutely sure the fermentation is complete. You can check this with a hydrometer. The reading will be at '0', zero, which means ALL of the sugars have fermented out and converted to alcohol and there's no more Co2, carbon dioxide. Sweet meads on the other hand can be tricky. You can bottle them in sterilized beer or Champagne bottles and use crown caps like they do in commercial breweries. In the event that the mead starts fermenting again, for whatever reason, warm temperature or the yeasts re awaken and start fermenting again it will end up sparkling and your risk of exploding bottles is reduced ,

fretted (author)scarecrow842015-09-21

sanitise them thoroughly lids and rings as well and make sure your fermentation process is completely finished canny jars aren't built to hold pressure from within they are made to vacuum undesired air out if fermentation happens the jars could explode and make on big sticky mess you can use potassium metabisulphite to kill off yeast or potassium sorbate which kills wild yeast which is everywhere then you should be safe to use canning jars i have no idea about storage lengths i would imagine storage times would vary on the place of storage a cool dark closet or under cabinet might work but refrigeration to me would be preferred new clean wine bottle are cheap and corks are easy to use once your wine has gassed off the longer it sits bottled is better .......

QazW2 (author)fretted2017-01-23

wouldn't then boiling of the canning process kill the yeast?

Carrying (author)fretted2016-01-07

This has to be the longest run-on sentence in history. Punctuation is a beautiful thing....

WilliamM45 (author)2017-09-13

I'm a home winemaker and have made wine for many, many years. I've never made mead but I'd like to try. The reason I've never made mead is because I've heard it takes a lot of honey, which is expensive and the process is rather long and complicated and you need to wait a long time for it to age where it is drinkable. Also, you need to have an out of the way place to place the carboy where it won't be disturbed ar God forbid, broken. I will be trying this when I finally move to Sonoma County next year and will be purchasing a home. This way, I can make it and set the carboy in an area where it won't be disturbed and obviously'll have more space as I currently live in an apartment unit. Living in rural Sonoma County I'll have access to local raw honey which'll be cheaper and since i got it directly from the local source, I know it's pure and unadulterated. Winemaking is more straightforward: I purchase my fresh wine grapes form a couple of trusted sources that deal with home vintners and so far over the past 30 years or so, I've won medals and awards from the Marin County and Sonoma County Harvest Fairs respectively for my home made wines in their 'Amateur Winemaking Competition'. Hopefully my home made mead will be just as successful. FYI: The only commercial mead I've seen is made by the Heidrun Meadery. in Eureka California I've never tasted this commercially made mead but when I see it, Ill get a bottle to try to see what it's all about.

Romad54 (author)2017-09-08

Just FYI, I have used clover honey in the past, it is cheap and you can find it anywhere, but, the longer i brew, I find that I like the flavor less and less!!! Orange blossom, wild flower, Buckwheat, and Star Thistle honey are a few I have tried and REALLY enjoy!!! Winter honey, which is darker and richer, is also a really good choice!! Thanks for putting this site up, it is full of useful information!!!!

Ulfric1 (author)2017-03-17

I'd be a lot warmer and a lot happier with a belly full of mead

AramH2 (author)2017-01-08

Hi. How I can stop the fermentation process after 7 days?

kayakattack made it! (author)2016-08-28

I made this, and it is fantastic. Took it to a party with a group of home brewers, and they said it was the best they've ever had. However, it over carbonated and the bottles started exploding. If you use champagne yeaste, let it ferment for 4 to 5 months. Or thart with a less resilient yeast (e.g., for short mead) and recast shampagne yeast a week or two before bottling.
I also racked the mead twice. It came out very clear gold color.

kayakattack (author)kayakattack2016-12-29

I just re-read this comment I submitted, and noticed all the spelling errors. I think I was drinking the mead when I typed it. :)

Kevmull (author)2015-12-04

Hello I made the honey lemonade recipe only thing I did different was used Apple concentrate instead of the lemonade tasted great when I put lid on it has sit for a month opened it and tasted it was terrible any ideas what I might have done wrong

MystiP (author)2015-11-11

So, I bought a can of concentrated honey powder. My first batch of honey came out great! (you have to let it sit for a bit so everything has a chance to dissolve) But then with my 2nd batch, I used too much water. Thinking i just needed to allow it to set up a bit longer than my 1st, I've discovered that I accidentally fermented my batch. So, now that my honey is ruined, I've been researching "honey alcohol" to learn that it IS a thing and it's called Mead.

Which landed me here, and brings me to what I should do next. I have made several different wines and liquors (on purpose!) and am familiar with the entire process.

I have rapid yeast that I purchased from Canada that has worked very well with me in the past, however, it's best with anything that has a very high sugar content.

Would this work for Mead, or should I stick with the regular yeast.

I also have distillers yeast for making whiskeys. Perhaps a honey whiskey is in store?

lostbord999 (author)MystiP2015-11-14

I am not sure what the different between wine/beer/mead and distilling
yeast. But mostly difference is the way the end product taste and the
way the yeast process it.

As of Lately I have been using 2x
Moskat RedStar (spellcheck, its in a red pkg) per 5gal batch and I have
enjoyed it most greatly. can be drank with in 3-4 week at 10-14% ABV. But
deff needs time to age.

I have not hurd of prouder honey. But it
would have its own natural yeast more than likely (sence it fermented) or
ether natural yeast in our environments. Have to cook out the natural yeast
like boiling it and skimming.

But to ancer your question I
would stick to the yeast you are famular with and how your end product
ends up like that you like. Mostly wine/ beer / mead yest.

pottsie4 (author)2013-06-22

I'd really like to try this, but only have 1 gallon carboys. For the quantities, is it as simple as to divide the original by 5, including the yeast (I'm a bit confused here)?

5lbs of honey = 1lb honey
2 lbs Sugar = 0.4lb sugar
5 tsp Yeast Nutrient = 1tsp Yeast Nutrient
4 cans of Lemonade Concentrate, 12 oz cans  = approx 10 oz of Lemonade Concentrate
1 packet Champagne Yeast = ? The yeast packets are only small, would I still divide this or still use the whole packet?
Filtered water = filtered water / 5


fretted (author)pottsie42015-09-21

you should activate the yeast first i would activate the yeast in water in a measuring cup put enough water in to calculate 5 parts individual pourings after the activation stir with a wire whisk and pour equal parts of yeast in each carboy ... pretty sure that will work as long as you keep whisking while pouring equal parts yeast settles if you let it sit for a couple minutes stirring ensures a better distribution of yeast ....

macvicar (author)2014-11-06

Instead of lemonade, could you use apple juice concentrate?

fretted (author)macvicar2015-09-21

yes you could use any concentrate flavor you want to its your choice softer flavors really let the taste of the the honey push through heavier flavors change the nature of the flavor to the addition base or overall flavor ....

fretted (author)2015-09-21

bentonite or isinglass works well to clear your mead or wine from sediment these should also be taken into account when fining your wine ! although letting your wine sit to clear dose well it dont always clear your wine to a total clear and a little bentonite goes a log way to make crystal clear wine .... just some friendly advice

SimoneD5 (author)2015-08-27

A friend of mine once read you can reduce the amount of sediment by transferring the mead into another carboy once it becomes clear and then let it sit a little longer for the left over bits to sink to the bottom again. It may take a little longer before you can start bottling, but you'll get a very clear result and less to no danger of a nasty last sip.

mistdemon123 (author)SimoneD52015-09-07

Yes, the process is called racking. Essentially, you siphon the clearer liquid to another carboy. You don't put your siphon hose all the way to the bottom though. Just so that the end of the hose is just above the sediment layer. You will lose some of the mead, but it will have much less sediment and will be higher quality. You can rack as many times as you wish, but I usually rack once and then use a fining agent called bentonite to get a crystal clear mead. Then I bottle it, but some other meadmakers let it clarify naturally and bottle after several rackings. It's personal preference really.

mharr1975 (author)2015-08-29

Can you use finings to clear the honey wine??

mistdemon123 (author)mharr19752015-09-07

Yes, of course. I use bentonite to clarify my meads, and it works like a charm. You will have an awfully thick layer of sediment though, and you have to move it as little as possible after it has settled, otherwise it might get stirred up again.

SusanD9 (author)2015-07-10

BobbyW4 (author)SusanD92015-09-02

Yes you basically siphon off what's not murky into a clean charboy and let it go again, that's the process

amberharding82 (author)2015-06-18

My hubby's going to love the hell out of this!

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MariaM12 (author)2015-06-17

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tucker135 (author)2015-05-19

A really great instructable but the idea of using a BTF with no order or taste makes me uneasy.

diydonut (author)2015-03-29

Have you considered using an in line check valve and a disposable inline filter? That way you can prevent sediments easily.

nikol.hasler (author)2015-02-08


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thrifitti (author)2015-01-15

I'm making a batch of Orange Blossom/Tupelo honey that has navels oranges in it as well. I dropped in about 25 raisins to up the tannins. The higher the tannin content, the drier the mead should turn out. I'm only making a gallon right now, as this is a test batch. You can also use a balloon with a few pinholes in it as an airlock, which is easier than waiting for a mail order airlock. It's mostly because I was impatient tho...

rjmorgan6 (author)2015-01-07

Hi, I have always wanted to try the honey mead with the champagne yeast and I cant find it anywhere. would any "sell" or give some up? I am interested in making this myself but want to try it first before I put forth the investment. I know laws and making spirits for yourself cross paths when someone wants to buy it but I would be glad to make sure your shipping and handling cover your costs. My father was a moonshiner from way back and I learned that process from him but I am not a moonshine drinker. I want to start my own family tradition with mead.

ringofiron made it! (author)2015-01-05

Has anyone tried the strawberry guava yet? I made a batch of the honey lemonade a few months ago and it turned out amazing!! I used some fresh honey from our local apiary. I also set my brew pot in some ice water to quickly cool it down before transferring into the fermentation vessel. I was going to try the strawberry next but was just wondering how it turned out...

MyJourney (author)2014-12-28

Daryaa (author)2014-12-22


The temperature is °C or °F?

Thank you!

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