It sounds fancy, and it probably is, but I bought some Purple Starthistle honey from Blue Ridge Honey in Lakemont, GA, which I’m now considering my local honey distributor since Bee Well Honey Farms stopped selling bulk honey (or at least have restricted it to seasonally).  I decided to keep it dry and I’m using Wyeast strain 4632 for this batch to try out something a little new.  I’m afraid I’m going to be a little low on the honey, but we shall see.  I still have another 2 lbs of honey to add if it is not sweet enough at the first rack.


  • 1 gallon (approximately 12 lbs) purple starthistle honey
  • handful of raisins
  • water up to 5 gallons
  • 1 packet Wyeast 4632 (“Dry Mead”)

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  • Started: 4 October 2010