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First Time Mead Making

Yep, this Sunday I put a little mead together.  I don’t really know how else to put it.  I didn’t brew at all.  I mixed some ingredients together and pitched some yeast.  It was pretty quick and easy.  It is easier than extract brewing.

For this Raspberry mead or melomel, I really focused on cleaning my fermentation bucket.  I hadn’t used it in a while and I wanted to protect my mead from infection, so I washed it with a cloth and some Oxyclean solution.

Then I repeated the process with Star San solution.  I put a little elbow grease into it, trying to get into any little scratches that may be in the bucket.

I choose to use the bucket because of all the raspberries I was using.  I just didn’t want to have to deal with the cleaning of a carboy with pounds and pounds of raspberry goo left over.

I sanitized everything else using solution in a spray bottle; the yeast pouch, the bags of fruit, the honey bottle, etc.

I poured everything in together, mixed it well with a power drill and paddle set up, and pitched my yeast.

I didn’t take a gravity reading because I forgot.  I did put in the yeast nutrient and energizer and have been following the schedule pretty closely.

This mead could turn out fine or a complete disaster.  It should be fun to find out.

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3 Comments

  1. Tim

    I’ve read about mead making, but I am not sure exactly what the difference is between it and making beer or wine. Which ingredients did you use, and how does mead taste?

  2. Gayland

    I started my first batch of Mead in mid August. It took less than two weeks to completely ferment (SG 1.001). I then racked it into a carboy for settleing and aging for about a month. After the first fermentation it tasted nasty, but at the same time there was potential. I put it into an new Hungarian Oak barrel (medium toast) to age for a month or so (at this point it didn’t taste too bad — not good but not bad either). It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

  3. There is not much difference between wine making and mead making. It was pretty easy to make because I went the no boil route. Taike a look at my recipe:

    http://www.brew-dudes.com/raspberry-melomel-recipe/903

    It does take a while for it to age. My mead was pretty harsh at first but it has mellowed considerably.

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