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Local Mead Extract
ABV9.80 %
BJCP Style
25A. Mead, Traditional Mead
A traditional mead using local wildflower honey
Submitted by GruitMeTender on 09-Jun-2010

Recipe Details
Tasting Notes Unconditioned: sour and a huge alcohol. a little sweet but very close to unpleasant at this stage. Drink with caution. 2 months: getting better, still a bit too sour and still a bit of a burn. sweetness is coming through, a bit of apple. hovering around 10% ABV. 6 months: solid. tastes quite nice and has a really pleasant smell, though its coming up on summer now so not exactly the right drink for the season (methinks its time for Hefeweisen) -- save the honey wine for the winter - it'll be great in a year. sweet, smooth and very warming. Condition at 65F Note: the better the honey, the better the mead. try to avoid using mass market honey from Big-Chain-Supermarket-Store X - if you're going to spend the money on 12lbs of honey (our gallon was from an organic apiary and cost about 55$), get the best you can find - there are plenty of apiaries around with plenty of varieties. Try to prime a couple of bottles with water&honey to make sparkling mead.
Boil Volume 4.00 gallons
Boil Time 60 minutes
Batch Size 4.00 gallons
Yeast White Labs - Sweet Mead WLP720 (75% app. attenuation)
Primary Fermentation Glass, keep on lees
Secondary Fermentation
Other Fermentation On lees for 6 months, wracked to carboy to condition
Procedure Pour 1 gallon of honey into 4 gallons water. Immerse wort chiller once you reach a boil. Boil for 15 minutes to kill any unwanted yeast strains, bacteria etc. Cool to correct temp (70F+ for WLP720). Put into carboy. Pitch yeast -- make a starter for the yeast and double or triple it before pitching, maybe use a pinch or two of some yeast nutrient. It'll start off much, much quicker and get rolling in a day or two. Mead generally comes into its own in a year or more.
  Style Comparison
  Low   High
OG 1.070 1.084 1.120+
FG 0.995 1.008 1.025
SRM 1 5 16
ABV 7.5 9.80 15+
% Weight Weight (lbs) Grain Note Gravity Points Color
100.0 % 12.00 Honey Local Wildflower 84.0 1.5
  12.00     84.0  
% Wt Weight (oz) Hop Note Form AA% AAU Boil Time Utilization IBU
  0.00               0.0
Miscellaneous Ingredients
Weight/Units Name Notes
FerMax Yeast Nutrient Honey lacks nutrients so give the yeast a little to get going with
Acid Blend A simple crystalline acid (get at any brewshop) to help balance flavor, use sparingly.