This recipe is as simple as it gets, just honey, water and yeast, for this reason you need to use the very best flavoured honey for optimal results.
1.5kg of Honey
3 litres of water
1/4 of MJ M05 Mead yeast or 1/4 of MJ SN9 Yeast.
1. Bring 1 litre of the water to a boil. Once the water reaches a boil, remove it from the heat and stir in all of the honey and another 2 litres of water.
2. Sprinkle yeast into 250ml of lukewarm water and cover with plastic wrap.
3. When the honey has been fully dissolved in the water and the pot is cool to the touch (not over 30°C), pour the honey-water into a sterile 5ltr Demijohn and stir in the yeast mixture.
4. Seal the demijohn with a bored bung and fit an airlock, allow the mixture to ferment for two weeks to one month.
5. When fermentation has completed, place the demijohn in the fridge for 24 hours to hasten solids and sediment dropping out.
6. Siphon the mead into another sterilised demijohn being careful to leave all the sediment behind.
7. Fit a solid bung and allow enough time for the mead to further clarify before siphoning off and bottling.
Tips for temperature control:
-Use the chilled water to reach a satisfactory temperature and add yeast immediately.
-Maintain a cool even temperature in the fermenter.
-Place the fermenter in a tray and wrap it in a blanket with an end in a container of water.
-Placing the fermenter on a concrete slab can also help to keep the temperature constant.
–Use a Brewing Thermostat and a fridge for optimum brewing conditions all year round.
Equipment needed for mead making:
– 4 Litre Pot
– Medium Funnel
– 2 x 5L Demijohns
– Bored Bung
– Solid Bung
-To make oak spirit use a 4-5 Litre wide neck glass jar, use around 200-300g of oak blocks or chips and 1 litre of vodka/neutral spirit. Soak for at least 14 days but the flavour intensifies the longer you leave the oak soaking. When ready, strain the oak out by passing it through filter wool in a funnel.