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.
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Old School Mead Recipe
This old but very delicious mead recipe makes around 1 gallon of mead. That is plenty of mead to go around
2 1/2 pounds Honey
7 pints of Water
3 tsp Malic Acid
1 1/2 tsp Tartaric Acid
1/4 tsp Tannin
1/4 tsp Energizer
1 crushed Campden tablet
1 pkg of Champagne yeast
(If you want a sweeter mead then increase honey to 3 1/4 pounds)
In your primary fermenter add your honey to 1/2 gallon of warm water with your acid and tannin added. Stir until your honey is dissolved. Add remaining water and ingredients except for your yeast.
Cover your fermenter and wait until your S.G. reaches 1.040. This will take a week or so.
Rack your wine off of the sediment (syphon into your secondary fermenter) and attach your airlock.
When your S.G. has reached 1.000 then your fermenting is done. This will take about a month or so.
Rack your wine again, reattach your airlock and let it set for another month or 2.
Keep reracking your mead until it is clear. Usually 3 rackings is good.
Now… go ahead and bottle… You will want to let your mead age for at least 1 year… 2 is better and 3 is best.
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