The simplest mead: show mead.

I made this!

I made this!

This is about as simple as it gets: show mead, which is just honey and nothing else. Four jars of honey, warm water topped up to about four litres, a spoon and a half of super-yeast, wait two months (5th April to 5th June). The yeast flocculated well, leaving compact lees, so the mead was completely clear (I had a couple of glasses before we even filtered it) and the entire demijohn filtered in minutes. The result is 9% ABV, not too sweet and very smooth.

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3 Responses to The simplest mead: show mead.

  1. Joseph Esposito says:

    Rock on! That’s the way to do it. I just started a batch of mead. 3 Ingredients: Spring water, Local Honey, Badass champagne yeast. Can’t wait to see how it turns out…

  2. Sean Crossey says:

    Oooh – that’s how I really want mead to be like. Just honey! Is it okay without any fruity input? I read that people often throw in acid-blend and nutrients or use orange & raisins just to make the yeast work.

    • davidgerard says:

      Well, the yeast works on fructose. Lots of that in fruit, of course. There’s a fair bit in honey, which is why show mead works at all. But yeah, there’s good reason fruit meads work.

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