Well somehow I managed to get some time today after the parade to get the new mead batch going. I'm still up in the air here whether sweet or dry...there's not going to be an in between with the yeasts I have on hand...I'm leaning towards sweet on this batch. I think I'm gonna go with the Red Star Cote de Blancs...I didn't boil the batch so I want to try and take advantage of that flavor I might have saved by not boiling. The bucket needs to cool so the yeast won't go in for another few hours...
Here is what I ended up doing...
18.5 lbs Spring Mix Honey (didn't get 20lbs)
3Qt Welch's juice (not concentrated)
2 lb black seedless grapes (smashed and in cloth)
5 Gallons Water (used tap this time instead of spring water, my well water tastes pretty good)
5 Teaspoon Energizer
5 Teaspoon Nutrient
Gravity just barely shy 1.1
I really like the flavor and smell of this honey so I will do another batch next weekend just straight honey and water with the Lalvin EC-1118....I'll probably go 20-22