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Easy Mead Extract
ABV12.00 %
BJCP Style
25A. Mead, Traditional Mead
My first attempt at a mead
Submitted by surferslats on 20-Mar-2009

Recipe Details
Tasting Notes Love it. It's slightly sweet and you don't even notice the alcohol. Dangerously easy drinking ;) . A bit of an apple taste to it. Delicious.
Awards First and best mead I've ever tasted :)
Boil Volume 1.50 gallons
Boil Time 15 minutes
Batch Size 5.00 gallons
Yeast Lavlin K1-V1116 Montpellier Wine Yeast (89% app. attenuation)
Primary Fermentation Plastic 3 weeks
Secondary Fermentation Glass 10 days
Other Fermentation
Procedure Put jugs of honey in warm water to make it easier to pour. Bring 1.5Gal water to a boil. Remove from heat and pour all the honey in. Bring back to a boil and keep that for 15mins. Skim the protein film off the top as it forms. I added the yeast nutrient and acid blend towards the end of the boil because it looked like solids that needed to be dissolved. Cool and pitch 4packs of the yeast (20g) and the yeast energizer. Fermented at around 62F. It was at 1.012 when I racked to secondary and didn't change at all in secondary. It just cleared very quickly while in secondary. Looked like apple juice. Tried to make this a sparkling mead by adding priming sugar at bottling. Kept at 64F for a few weeks and this isn't carbonated. Either the yeast is all done or it needs higher temps to carb. Not really going to wait for higher temps in my house. So the priming sugar added a bit of sweetness to it.
  Style Comparison
  Low   High
OG 1.070 1.105 1.120+
FG 0.995 1.012 1.025
SRM 1 5 16
ABV 7.5 12.00 15+
% Weight Weight (lbs) Grain Note Gravity Points Color
100.0 % 15.00 Honey Wildflower 78.8 1.5
  15.00     78.8  
% Wt Weight (oz) Hop Note Form AA% AAU Boil Time Utilization IBU
  0.00               0.0
Miscellaneous Ingredients
Weight/Units Name Notes
5 tsp Acid Blend
5 tsp Yeast Nutrient
2.5 tsp Yeast Energizer