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How to Make Mead

So you want to know how to make mead? It’s easy.

Honey, water, and yeast (the yeast might already be in the honey).

Done!

Well, not quite.

Sure, you can make mead that way, but it’s better to have a little knowledge behind you. You want to choose the right yeast for what you’re trying to do, the right amount of honey, select additions, the list goes on and on.

Very little mead was made historically with just honey. Most of it had fruits, herbs, spices or other flavorings added. All these things need to be taken into account when making a mead.

In the video above, we go over all the things you need to get started. This is a basic mead, nothing fancy, but… simple doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good. The little touches we added make it taste wonderful, even young.

Speaking of young, like fine wine, mead gets better with age. The honey flavors really come back, and the alcohols mellow, creating a truly amazing drink.

Go ahead, give mead making a try. Just remember, the better products you put in your mead, the better mead you will make in the end!

-Brian

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12 Comments

  1. steve August 27, 2020 at 6:28 am #

    Ok. So I watched this and it seems like there is a part 2 to this. What is the part 2?

    • brerica August 27, 2020 at 10:49 am #

      We try to put out 2 videos for every brew. Part one is what you watched. Part 2 is checking, racking and bottling. It’s almost ready for bottling now, so it won’t be too long for part 2.

  2. William August 30, 2020 at 1:13 am #

    I get a lot from watching your shows on brewing meade. I have tried a batch for the first time after watching your basic meade video. I used orange blossom honey and the tea with raisins you showed. Is there a round about timeline before racking

  3. Dave September 6, 2020 at 11:22 am #

    Hey guys! I’ve been watching your YouTube channel and reading your blog in preparation for making my first batch of mead. I do have one question that I can’t seem to find the answer for, when I rack to my secondary fermenter, how much headspace should I have? Also, I have a feeling that I will have to much headspace so what do I do to get rid of the excess headspace?

    • City Steading September 6, 2020 at 11:24 am #

      We mention this a lot, but the amount of headspace for conditioning phase is “as little as possible”. You can rack to a smaller vessel or add sanitized marbles to make up the space.

      • Dave September 6, 2020 at 11:34 am #

        Thank you! If I have to back sweeten ( I need to watch your videos on this again) can I add must at that point to to add to the volume or will that mess up the brew.

        • City Steading September 6, 2020 at 11:38 am #

          If you add must to a brew, you could restart fermentation or dilute the ABV. Backsweetening will do the same.

          • Dave September 6, 2020 at 11:40 am #

            Thanks for the info!

  4. Dave September 10, 2020 at 11:36 am #

    Ok, so I have 2 more questions, I have mead coming up into my airlock, is this normal? I also have a bag to hold the blueberries that are in my fermenter, the recipe I used (before I found your videos) wasn’t very clear on when I should remove them. Thanks for the help!

    • brerica October 5, 2020 at 1:31 pm #

      As you have blueberries in a bag, that might be the culprit for why your fermentation is coming up into your airlock. We have had this problem ourselves. The bag acts like a barrier and the gasses get trapped underneath it and push it upwards. This blocks the ease of escape of the gasses into the airlock but the pressure continues and little amounts of the the liquid get pushed forward instead as they are trapped between the bag, build up of gasses and the airlock. It is annoying but nothing too worrisome. We would give things a swirl from time to time to allow the gasses to get past the bag blockage. Be careful as this can get a little messy sometimes. As far as when to remove the blueberries and bag, that is mostly up to you. Make sure that the blueberries have imparted what you want from them into the brew before removing and as always, the goal is to keep them submerged as much as possible. Thanks for watching and remember that Brian tends to respond to the comment section on our channels quicker than I can here. 🙂

  5. Anthony November 11, 2020 at 7:42 am #

    what if i cant get star san where i live? what would be recommended?

    • brerica November 11, 2020 at 7:57 pm #

      Nearly any sanitization liquid will do. You can find ones marketed to sanitize baby bottles. If you cannot get it, you can boil all your gear as if you were canning. Just be cautious with plastic.

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