Starting off a new batch of mead, cranberry this time. Just looked through some recipes online until I got an idea that I liked and stuck with it. Started slow on the cranberry flavor at first, but I’m probably going to add some fresh cranberries in the secondary fermentation. The dried cranberries (craisins) were really only because I had some lying around. Recipe:

  • 1 gallon wildflower honey from Bee Well
  • 3 qts 365 organic 100% cranberry juice (was hoping for something more potent at Whole Foods, but this is what I got)
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 5 tsp Fermax yeast nutrient
  • 1 packet Red Star champagne yeast
  • water up to 5 gallons


  • Started: 10 March 2011

One day later those yeast molecules are really excited to be alive! I think their enthusiasm even leaked over to the lemon-ginger mead that is right next to it. Lots of bubbling, which is encouraging. We’ll see how these two develop…they were started fairly close to each other and I will have to be careful how I rack them in the future. Looks like someone might be needing to buy some more carboys!