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Having some fun with Mead Making


I get a lot of email from people who are trying the art of mead making for the first time. I also get a lot of pictures of various meads that are fermenting or bottled. This for me is a lot of fun and you can see lots of the pictures submitted by my web visitors right here (there are currently 5 pages of pics)


My philosophy on those pictures is that they will help you gain the courage to make some mead yourself. Once you see all the other people that are enjoying the process and making some mead you will probably say "Yes! I am going to give it a try!" So there you go, on your way to making some mead.

And that brings me to Jason. He is working on his second batch of mead and this one is a cherry melomel. He is using some dark cherry juice. Anyway, he is having a lot of fun with it and I hope this encourages you to give it a try.

I have included some pictures and recipe/process that Jason has sent me. And, my thanks go to him for all this work!

NextA Great idea: In one of the pictures you can see that he uses a tee shirt to cover the carboy. This is a great idea. I wish I thought of it!

Here is what he has to say:

"I have racked My first run over into the carboy and started the second run. This run is made with 15lbs Clover honey 62oz Organic non concentrated Black Cherry Juice Lalvin 71b-1122 Yeast and the other staples...nutrient etc.. etc.. What i did different was instead of using 4 gallons of water i used 3.5 gallons and the 64oz Cherry Juice.. and with the honey it came to exactly 5 gallons. I did that cause I tried a bit of the first run while racking and it was a bit on the light I felt holding off some water may do some good =) The S.G. on the new run was 1.202 and 16%.  This run went in last night at 11:30pm and by 8:00 this morning it was fermenting at a rate of 8-9 huge bubbles a min. "


64 oz black cherry juice

Preparing the Must

The Must

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I have a nice little 4 minute video that you can watch. It explains what mead is and how it is made: What is Mead and How is it made?



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