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#3261259 - 06/04/13 10:38 AM Strawberry Mead
WMAn
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I had extra strawberries and some honey on hand so I decided to try my hand at strawberry mead.

On Sunday, I mixed 5 parts water to 1 part honey, shook to dissolve the honey, and added two handfuls of whole strawberries to two, quart sized mason jars.

I have been shaking them vigorously 4-6 times a day. The amount of fizz/bubbling is pretty incredible. Also, the smell! Think of the best beer you have ever smelled with a slight hint of sweetness to it.

That's what they smell like. My wife hates it, but I think it smells great.

My plan is to continue this for a week to ten days until the bubbling has subsided and then to drink it.
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#3261268 - 06/04/13 10:47 AM Re: Strawberry Mead [Re: WMAn]
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#3261361 - 06/04/13 01:11 PM Re: Strawberry Mead [Re: Poser]
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I picked up a bunch of wine bottles from a guy and he gave me a bottle of orange mead. It was good. Mead is on my to-brew list.
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#3261369 - 06/04/13 01:21 PM Re: Strawberry Mead [Re: BamaProud]
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Here is one of the most popular mead recipes on a homebrew forum I read:


Ancient Orange Mead (by Joe Mattioli)
1 gallon batch

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Bread yeast
Yeast Starter: nope
Batch Size (Gallons): 1
Original Gravity: 1.100????
Final Gravity: 1.030?????
Boiling Time (Minutes): 1
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 2 months

3 1/2 lbs Clover or your choice honey or blend (will finish sweet)
1 Large orange (later cut in eights or smaller rind and all)
1 small handful of raisins (25 if you count but more or less ok)
1 stick of cinnamon
1 whole clove ( or 2 if you like - these are potent critters)
optional (a pinch of nutmeg and allspice )( very small )
1 teaspoon of Fleishmann’s bread yeast ( now don't get holy on me--- after all this is an ancient mead and that's all we had back then)
Balance water to one gallon

Process:
Use a clean 1 gallon carboy
Dissolve honey in some warm water and put in carboy
Wash orange well to remove any pesticides and slice in eights --add orange (you can push em through opening big boy -- rinds included -- its ok for this mead -- take my word for it -- ignore the experts)

Put in raisins, clove, cinnamon stick, any optional ingredients and fill to 3 inches from the top with cold water. ( need room for some foam -- you can top off with more water after the first few day frenzy)

Shake the heck out of the jug with top on, of course. This is your sophisticated aeration process.

When at room temperature in your kitchen, put in 1 teaspoon of bread yeast. ( No you don't have to rehydrate it first-- the ancients didn't even have that word in their vocabulary-- just put it in and give it a gentle swirl or not)(The yeast can fight for their own territory)

Install water airlock. Put in dark place. It will start working immediately or in an hour. (Don't use grandma's bread yeast she bought years before she passed away in the 90's)( Wait 3 hours before you panic or call me) After major foaming stops in a few days add some water and then keep your hands off of it. (Don't shake it! Don't mess with them yeastees! Let them alone except its okay to open your cabinet to smell every once in a while.

Racking --- Don't you dare
additional feeding --- NO NO
More stirring or shaking -- Your not listening, don't touch

After 2 months and maybe a few days it will slow down to a stop and clear all by itself. (How about that) (You are not so important after all) Then you can put a hose in with a small cloth filter on the end into the clear part and siphon off the golden nectar. If you wait long enough even the oranges will sink to the bottom but I never waited that long. If it is clear it is ready. You don't need a cold basement. It does better in a kitchen in the dark. (Like in a cabinet) likes a little heat (70-80). If it didn't work out... you screwed up and didn't read my instructions (or used grandma's bread yeast she bought years before she passed away) . If it didn't work out then take up another hobby. Mead is not for you. It is too complicated.
If you were successful, which I am 99% certain you will be, then enjoy your mead. When you get ready to make different mead you will probably have to unlearn some of these practices I have taught you, but hey--- This recipe and procedure works with these ingredients so don't knock it. It was your first mead. It was my tenth. Sometimes, even the experts can forget all they know and make good ancient mead.
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#3261427 - 06/04/13 03:22 PM Re: Strawberry Mead [Re: BamaProud]
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I found 5 old glass 1 gal carboys at an old homesite and I am going to mix up some of that orange mead. that is a great looking recipe!
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#3261442 - 06/04/13 03:39 PM Re: Strawberry Mead [Re: Deck78]
BamaProud
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Be very careful with those glass carboys. They are dangerous...homebrewtalk.com has thousands of horror stories of them breaking and causing some nasty cuts. But most of the incidents are with the bigger 5 and 6 gallons carboys.
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#3261448 - 06/04/13 03:54 PM Re: Strawberry Mead [Re: BamaProud]
Trapper John
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The Ancient Orange is great. I've made it a few times. It also works with blueberries. Lots of puffy sediment, so siphon slowly.
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#3265604 - 06/10/13 08:10 PM Re: Strawberry Mead [Re: Trapper John]
WMAn
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I filtered out my mead on Sunday. It has a wonderful "pinkish" appearance. The taste is just like wine, but much smoother than your typical wine.

I will probably try making more mead with other fruits, but I grew tired of the constant shaking (4-6 times a day). It was kind of a lotta work.
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