7/9/12 – 6th day of Middle Summer

Mead is still bubbling away, but going rather slowly. It also looks like one or both containers overflowed at some point. Did some research on mead making (original information was from Backwoodsman). A dry mead would be about 2lbs of honey per gallon of water and a sweet mead is 4lbs per gallon. A straight mead contains nothing but honey, water, and yeast. However meads can contain 3 different types of additives to help fermentation: nutrients, acid, and tannin.

  • Nutrient = a handful of raisins per gallon
  • Acid = one citrus fruit (juice, pulp, and rind) per gallon
  • Tannin = one tablespoon of black tea per gallon

I will need to experiment to see what works best.

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