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ookiespookie
11-24-2011, 03:22 AM
Well after drinking enough mead I am now really wanting to try brewing.
Luckily I have some local places to get a starter kit, but my question really is this...
I live in Florida, and am paranoid that the humidity and heat will have an adverse effect.
Any advice or insight will be appreciated.

Chevette Girl
11-24-2011, 11:52 AM
Welcome to the forum! I think Medsen Fey will probably be your best bet, try using the advanced forum search and try some search criteria, I'd suggest starting with "high temperature" and Medsen Fey as an author.

That said, I'm not sure how much humidity matters as long as you keep everything airlocked, and there are a few simple ways to decrease your carboy's temperature, a wet towel over the carboy with a fan to promote evaporative cooling, for instance.

Medsen Fey
11-24-2011, 12:03 PM
Humidity isn't much of a problem, but you need to keep supplies stored in airtight containers, and I recommend avoiding bleach as a sanitizer because mold tends to be ever-present.

Heat on the other hand, is a big issue. While it is possible to make good mead at high temperatures, selection of recipe and yeast becomes critical. Generally speaking, yeast perform better at cooler temps (below 70F) and having a spare fridge so that you can ferment at cooler temperatures can make a huge difference in your results. You can store mead at room temperature, and though it may be suboptimal, your mead will last for years in most cases.

On the plus side, Florida is blessed with some of the finest honey on the planet. Between orange blossom, tupelo, saw palmetto, Brazilian pepper bush, mangrove and a few others, we have a selection of fresh honey that has an amazing range of flavor and character. We also have wide variety of tropical fruits that can produce fantastic results.

Welcome to GotMead!

ookiespookie
11-24-2011, 12:52 PM
Thank you both!
A second fridge to be able to regulate lower temps sounds like a good plan.