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Honey Mead?

Discussion in 'Beer & Ale' started by jtstitzel, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Hi all I'm fairly new to the forum and I have been getting more and more interested in making some kind of mead. A little back ground info my father-in-law works bees for a living so I have an amply supply of some really great honey. I would love a recipe to make some kind of mead or beer with his honey. I would more than likely be using orange blossom ( he makes Tupelo, Wild Flower, and Orange Blossom) since it is my favorite. Any help would be great!
  2. Thanks so much I'll check it out today!!
  3. flyweed

    flyweed Smoking Fanatic

    Hi there. Just saw this thread. IF there's nothing more I like better than smoking meat..it's making "Mead' (honey wine).  IF you have any questions or looking for a good first recipe to try, just ask.  I've been making meads and hard ciders for almost 10 years. I've done everything from a super simple "set it and forget it" type mead to very detailed recipes which call for punching the cap often, staggered nutrient additions, etc etc.

    I actually have a local wine store by my mead now and sell it locally.  So again, I've got a ton of experience here, so hit me up. 

  4. I've been making Mead for a couple of years as well. Lots of info out there on the Interwebs. Check these out.



    An Orange Mead I made about a year ago...tastes amazing!

  5. Me too. I've been brewing my own beer, mead and cider since 1994.

    I'll be glad to assist in (almost) any way... ; ' )
  6. Alright guys I know it's taken a while but I just ordered my home brew kit ( beginner kit from booths in Tampa I believe it's an all grain kit) and I order a packet of wine yeast also. I looked up Kats mead post but since she is no longer a member I wasn't able to hear about the final results. Could anyone recommend a tried and true mead recipe?
  7. Start out with Pyment (Grape and honey), it tends to ferment more completely, have less haze, and have nice fruity esters. 
  8. jakesz28

    jakesz28 Fire Starter

    I made a mead with 15 lbs of honey. I can't remember what yeast I used right now. I have to check my notes. I did not use any thing to help clear but time. I racked it 3 times. The primary was about two months then I put it in a carboy for approx 6 more months. There was a small amount of sediment so I racked it into another carboy for a couple months before bottling.
    I have one bottle left that has been in the bottle for two years. I can only imagine how good that last bottle will be. Other then yeast, honey, and water the only thing I used was yeast nutrient. Next time I can get some fresh honey I'm going to make another 5 gallon batch and use some raisons in the primary to help give some nutrients for the yeast. I will also make a starter for the yeast with two packets of yeast.
    Meads can have a stuck fermentation if you push the gravity or don't use enough yeast nutrients.

    I really enjoyed this and it was perfectly clear. A nice golden color. I gave a bottle to a friend that has been making wines for years and he could not believe how clear or polished it was.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2014
  9. That sounds awesome. I am excited to try my first attempt.
  10. jakesz28

    jakesz28 Fire Starter

    I bought my mead kit from Midwest Supplies. You can go to there web site and look at the pdf instructions for there kits. There is little need to buy a kit. If you can get good honey locally. Just make sure to get yeast nutrients and maybe even yeast energizer.

    If any one is close to Davenport with honey let me know.

    Good look and keep us updated.

    EDIT.... Cheap mass produced honey in the big retail stores are fed corn syrup and not raised by large flowering fields. Not the best stuff to use.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2014
  11. Nope store bought honey here. I'm going to be using honey I actually pulled from the hives myself ( father in law makes owns an apiary)
  12. If you are wanting any good honey let me know we have orange blossom, tupelo, and central florida wildflower (this is the darkest and strongest flavors).
  13. jakesz28

    jakesz28 Fire Starter

    Can you send me a pm with some prices with shipping? Do you have gallon or 12 lb containers or by the quart?

  14. max42

    max42 Newbie

    Not sure what volume you want to make, 5 gal, 1 gal?

    Check out this website: http://www.stormthecastle.com/mead/
    Tons of good information and lots of videos. I made his one gallon (with the orange and raisons). It was awesome.
    He has a You Tube channel with lots of videos too.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014
  15. I think that is the recipe I am using. I believe it was the same one Kat had posted about.
  16. max42

    max42 Newbie

    I looked at Kats and looks like the same, she even references storm the castle. I only added more honey and less raisin, turned out great.
  17. jakesz28

    jakesz28 Fire Starter

    The raisins add nutrients for the yeast. Not sure how much of that flavor comes thru?
  18. How long did you wait before you tried your batch?