Butterscotch Mead

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This is a really basic recipe for 1 gallon of butterscotch mead that we're making for christmas this year.

You will need - 
1.36 kg honey 
3/4 gallon of water
Yeast (I used english ale yeast from a shop near me)
Yeast nutrient
Sterilizer
Funnel
1 gallon demijohn
Air lock
2 large bags of Werther's Original
A large pan

Step 1:

Sterilize everything. Including the airlock and the pan. 

Step 2:

Mix the honey with water (1 part honey, all of it, to 2 parts water) and then heat until dissolved. Keep stirring!!

Make sure to use the honey container to pour the water, you want all of the honey.

Step 3:

Smash the Werther's to pieces, then add to the honey water. Really.. the smaller the pieces the better. 

Stir this, A LOT, it sticks badly, until all of the pieces have dissolved. This takes a fair while, but keep stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan.

Step 4:

Prepare the yeast - there should be instructions on the packet.

If not, generally, add the yeast to luke warm water with a small amount of sugar (I used the honey water, make sure it's not too hot) and 2 teaspoons of the yeast nutrients, and leave for 15 mins. Stir, a fair amount.

Step 5:

WAIT UNTIL THE HONEY WATER HAS COOLED!! I did not do this the first time, there was no fermenting at all. 

Then, add the yeast to the honey water.

Step 6:

Pour the honey water + dissolved Werther's into the demijohn. 

Leave some room at the top, roughly just before the start of the neck.

Step 7:

Shake, a lot (carefully), and then seal. 

Be sure to put a little water in the airlock. 



Now leave until there is about a bubble every minute (probably about 2 weeks), and then syphon it off into bottles. If you want to add carbonation drops, don't use wine bottles. Use bottles that will hold the pressure. I will be carbonating this, and bottling with reusable beer bottles. 
If after 2 days or so, there is no sign of fermentation (bubbles, foam etc), try adding a little more yeast and giving it a shake. 


(The darker coloured bottle is a batch of plain mead made with greek black honey, it tasted treacley)

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    LaneL3

    Question 6 months ago

    These units are British gallons, correct? So the total is closer to 1.2 US gal? And how much does the butterscotch weigh in grams?

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    tstocksLaneL3

    Answer 5 months ago

    Hi, sorry for the delay in replying - yes, this is British gallons. I used 2 packs of 135g sweets. I wish I'd have weighed them before adding so I could have provided more useful information. Did you try this out in the end? I'd love to know how it worked out for you. My batch ended up really nice... perhaps a bit too sweet. Although I found out a little later that I am extremely lactose intolerant so I haven't been able to make it again! I'm not sure how much of the lactose makes it through fermenting though, but I haven't wanted to chance it.

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    LaneL3tstocks

    Reply 22 days ago

    Thanks for the info! I haven't tried it yet, but I'm considering doing something like Man Made Mead's candycane mead recipe, but a quart size before committing to anything big. So about 4 oz candy with 12 oz of honey or so for 48 fl oz. I finally got into the hobby, so now all my airlocks and jars are in use...

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    moregooder

    4 months ago

    I am 2 weeks deep. Still bubbling pretty regular! This is my first attempt at making mead, or any alcohol. I have always loved mead and think this is going to be very tasty. I made 1 gallon and need to figure out bottling. If the instruction hold true I should have about another week.

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    caspershone1984

    8 weeks ago

    hi just to check is it ready to drink in two weeks when bottled? As I'm a big newbie to doing this. Thanks in an advance ;) will try this very soon.

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    tstockscaspershone1984

    Reply 8 weeks ago

    It should be ready to drink as you bottle it up, but I thought it was nicer being a bit fizzy - it will be pretty much flat when siphoning it out. I think I bottled it for a little longer than two weeks with the carbonation drops. I drank it all around Christmas/New Year so it can't have been in the bottles too long. I was not an expert when I made this by any means. I used plastic bottles... some were a little lively when opening so watch out for that!

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    anthony62490

    3 years ago

    Where did you get that black honey? I've been on the lookout for treacle flavors for a long time now and I'd be interested to learn more about it.

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    Chronoallusionanthony62490

    Reply 2 years ago

    Darker honey that like is usually buckwheat honey, try to find a local apiary in your area and see if they carry that kind. I use beekeepers daughter, they have all different kinds.

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    bcamasta

    5 years ago

    Okay so I've let it sit for three weeks I only get bubbles every once in a while but it has been like that since the beginning but if I shake it it bubbles a lot not sure going to transfer today and give it a taste will give more feed back after wards

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    tstocksbcamasta

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    If you've been shaking it you might want to let it sit for a bit longer to let the sediment properly settle, but it sounds ready to bottle to me - I bottled it when the resting bubbles had slowed to a couple a minute.

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    bcamasta

    5 years ago

    im actually making it as we speak so wish me luck I already have the butter scotch dissolved just waiting on the cool down right now

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    tstocksbcamasta

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice, let me know if you like it, I've not heard much feedback from people that have tried it other than my friends, so let me know how it goes.

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    tstocksbcamasta

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Ah no, sorry. I meant if you don't see any fermentation in the demijohns after 2 days try adding more yeast, not after you've bottled it. I only mentioned that because I managed to kill off my yeast by putting it in the mixture when it was too hot I think, so I had to add more yeast in after a couple of days because when it was first in the demijohns nothing really happened. I drank this recently if you were interested, it was really nice. Very beer-y/ale-y but sweet, I think the fizz from the carbonation drops added something to it. And the butterscotch after taste was there but not too intense. Going to make another batch this christmas hopefully.

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    Maikiro

    6 years ago on Introduction

    One thing you have incorrect, Never boil honey ever. Never even let it simmer. You will loose a lot of taste if you do. I have done 15 Meads and never have I had any problems. I only heat it so I can mix it better. Also look at gotmead.com

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    tstocksMaikiro

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Cheers for the comment, I didn't think about this. The heating wasn't to aid the honey dissolving, it was to dissolve the butterscotch sweets. Next time, I will add the honey after this mixture has cooled down

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    Maikiro

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Also one other pointer, you don't need to prime bottles with mead. If you do it becomes fizzy and can explode. It does taste better without priming. Also depends if you mead is Dry or Sweet, If dry the prime and when you come to drink leave bottle open to get rid of fizz. Other than that very interesting recipe.