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Thunder Cat 23
10-05-2016, 08:35 AM
I'm a beekeeper and I'm about to make my first batch of mead. I've not done it before, because it always seemed a waste of good honey. Nonetheless, I had a batch that started to ferment. The honey tastes fine, so it's not gone off. But it had started to double in size [or try to], and some had leaked out of the jars. So, as they say, when life gives you lemons...

Normally, I would have gone for 3 jars per gallon, but given that the honey had overflowed [so each jar had lost about 1/4 of its original contents], I decided to take use four jars of fermenting honey, and then I added about 1/4 jar of normal honey [in case the overall sugar content was low]. To be safe, and kill the active yeasts, I boiled the must. So here's what I have

4 jars of fermenting honey [tastes fine, but foamy]
1/4 jar of best honey
1 g high alcohol yeast
1 teaspoon energizer & nutrient [I'll top it up with another teaspoon in another couple of days]
1 gallon spring water
1 cup dried fruit [rinsed in hot water to remove any preservatives]

It's happily bubbling away... Does anyone have any experience using fermented honey? I was tempted to just add water, but I didn't know what I would end up with.

Bye for now
Harry