Anna’s Mead

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So Anna found and brought home a bottle of Founder’s Mango Magnifico beer which was amazing in every way. Being clever, about 5 minutes into the beer, she asks a question–the first question, the oldest question in the universe hidden in plain sight, “can we make a mead out of this?” So that day was born the idea of a mango habanero mead. With a couple additions of my own (orange juice cause I like the citrus flavor and what it does to the overall feel of the mead), we will have some pretty rocking mead in a couple months. Recipe:

  • 2lbs of frozen mango chunks (no need to get complicated trying to choose, buy, chop, sanitize the mango myself)
  • 60 oz bottle of Simply Orange high pulp OJ (note: this may be too much, I have traditionally used actual oranges but am trying something new. It may overpower the flavor of the mango and habanero)
  • 2 small habanero peppers, seeds removed (because they’re so hot!). Starting here, maybe adding some more in secondary if necessary
  • 5qt of honey (Bee Well wildflower)
  • 2.5tsp yeast nutrient
  • 2.5tsp irish moss
  • 1 packet D47 yeast, prepared according to package

For the record, I’m going to play around with the taste after primary a lot. I went way low on the habanero because I don’t want it to be too spicy. The amount of mango I used may not be enough–it looked a lot less in the bucket than it did when I bought it on the shelf. So we’ll see how it goes. Stats:

  • Started: 18 November 2013

Pumpkin Maple Mead

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Okay so I’m writing this up as the raw ingredients are being boiled (for sterilization) on the stove. My whole house smells like sweet fall goodness and I’m really excited about how this is turning out. For the record, so I don’t forget:

Ingredients added to pot to boil for sterilization:

  • 2 small pie pumpkins, sliced, baked, chopped
  • 2 quarts (total 64 fl oz) grade A amber maple syrup (not from the source this time, unfortunately), 4lbs weight
  • 1 small container of whole cinnamon
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1 tsp whole secret ingredient

Allow all that to cool to an acceptable temperature, or manipulate the temperature by choosing what temperature water you add to reach 5 gallons. Then add:

  • 3 quarts of honey (about 9 lbs, so a total of 13lbs total sugar)
  • packet of D47 yeast
  • irish moss (clarify)
  • yeast energizer

And stats:

  • Started, 17 November 2013