My first attempt at making some Mead


#1

Never made Mead before, so here goes my first attempt.
I am trying an easy way first " Joe’s ancient orange mead".
I will have to wait a couple of months to see the outcome.


#2

Way back in 2008 I tasted some two year old Mead at the Canberra show and it was like Drano. The five year much sweeter, 10 year to die for. Patience grasshopper!


#3

Do you have a recipe to share on how you made it


#4

I sure do.
Now it says this recipe does not take as long as traditional mead recipes to be ready to drink, but like all things age is better. :wink:

I did not put any spices in mine.

Mason Jar Size: 64 oz.
Ingredients:
1 ¾ lbs Clover Honey (you can try different honey varieties for different flavors!)
½ Large orange (later cut in 1/8ths or smaller; rind and all)
½ small handful of raisins (13 if you count)
½ stick of cinnamon
½ whole clove (or 1 if you like - these are very strong!)
Optional (a ½ pinch of nutmeg and allspice)
½ teaspoon of Fleishmann’s bread yeast (you can find this in your grocery store)
Balance water to ½ gallon
Process:
Dissolve honey in some warm water and pour into your mason jar
Wash orange well and add orange
Put in raisins, clove, cinnamon stick, and fill to 3 inches from the top with cold water.
Gently shake your jar to aerate your honey water
When at room temperature in your kitchen, put in ½ teaspoon of bread yeast.
Install your Go Ferment kit. It will start working immediately or in an hour. After major foaming stops in a few days add some water and then keep your hands off of it. Try not to shake it after this point.
After 1-2 months, it will be complete and the mead will be relatively clear! Then you can put a hose in with a small cloth filter on the end into the clear part and siphon off the golden nectar. If you wait long enough even the oranges will sink to the bottom but I never waited that long. If it is clear it is ready!


#5

The fermenting process has begun


#6

This link http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/joes-ancient-orange-mead-49106/
Is the place to have a read if anyone is interested in making some mead

Len


#7

Just an update on my mead making.

Been 6 weeks since starting, it is starting to settle a bit but you still see the very odd bubble in airlock now and then.
Some of the cinnamon and the odd raisin have fallen to the bottom


#8

What’s the current guess on cellaring time?


#9

Hi Roland63
They say it is ready to drink as soon as it clears.
The recipe says 1 to 2 months.


#10

Is there any chance of another update? We are almost 6 months down the track, what does it taste like?

Thanks,

Roland


#11

Hi Roland
Yep the Mead is all done, my wife says it is very very tasty.
I got 3 bottles out of it, will be certainly brewing another batch.
I backed sweetened a couple of the bottles because my wife likes it sweat and I left 1 bottle as it was brewed to see how sweet it is, have not tried this bottle as yet.
Would recommend trying a brew
Len