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11-17-2009, 10:43 AM
Hey, I'm new to this forum and the mead making process in general. Can anybody tell me if this recipe is legit?


I would go for a more traditional approach, but I don't have access to any mead making supplies; the closest store is over 100 miles away (I live in a very rural area).

I have gone through this recipe's steps and it should be finished with the two week fermentation period in a couple days. How long show I age it to let the remaining yeast die, and how thoroughly should I strain it? Will it be safe to taste test it, just to be sure I did it right?

Thanks all,

11-17-2009, 11:00 AM
Sounds like JOAM, without proper sanitation procedures.

11-17-2009, 11:02 AM
JOAM? What is that exactly?

Medsen Fey
11-17-2009, 11:14 AM
Welcome to GotMead wolfemetal!!!

The recipe they present is essentially a variation of Joe's Ancient Orange (http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_rapidrecipe&page=viewrecipe&recipe_id=118&Itemid=459) and it definitely works. However, their technique leaves something to be desired.

Personally I would get a few basic pieces of equipment.

1. A 1-gallon glass wine jug. Buy a bottle at the super market, drink the wine and keep the jug. Making mead in a milk jug can be done, but it lets too much air get to the mead. You want to let the mead sit until it get really clear before bottling and keeping it in glass is better while you wait.

2. I'd get an airlock and a stopper that fits the one gallon jug. This can be ordered on line at places like morewine.com and will cost about $2.50.

You'll notice they don't do a great job of dissolving the honey. While that won't stop the yeast, we usually suggest getting it dissolved into solution.

The aren't real big on sanitation. It is usually a good idea to sanitize all the things that come in contact with your mead including the balloons or airlocks.

You should take a look at the NewBee Guide (http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=108&Itemid=14). It will give you lots of good pointers. If you decide to pursue recipes beyond this one, plan to get a hydrometer.


11-17-2009, 11:22 AM
Thanks! I'll be sure to look into it.