Monday, January 9, 2012

Balloon Mead (Sweet)

This is a sweet and strong mead!
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5lbs honey (recommend clover honey or orange blossom for best results)
water to 1 gallon
wine yeast

Mix the honey and water in a stock pot, then bring to a boil for a few minutes. Let the mixture cool to at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit, then add it to your sanitized container. Pitch in your yeast, cover with a balloon that you've poked pinholes into, and allow to ferment!

Fermentation could take over 30 days, as the large amount of sugars from the honey can cause a low level of fermentation to continue longer than in other mead recipes. When fermentation apppears finished, give it a few more weeks to sit before bottling. The balloon mead should clear very fast.

Then bottle and enjoy!

1.) Pasteur champagne yeast is recommended.
2.) During the boiling, throw in a sachet of black tea to add some tannins for more body. It's not absolutely necessary, but it adds a little something extra.

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