In 2015 I introduced the audience here to small batch mead, cider and wine making. While all of those work well, it is mead that really shines in a small batch method of production.
I developed my personal method after watching Michael Jordan (the Bee Whisper) make a one gallon batch at my workshop in 2015. It was amazing to me that so little work could produce mead.
I am a long time brewer and mead making have made beer and mead since 1995, so we are talking 23 years. And I have always done 5-6 gallon batches which is the hobby standard. With mead though one gallon batches seems to be the way to go. Today I will give out the method and tips that I have developed in these three years.
While Mike uses a coffee maker, I use an electric kettle. I have developed my own methods and they work well for me. Many pros and hobbyists alike find fault with a LOT of what I will tell you about today. However, everyone that drinks my mead seems to like it. Everything I have done with this method was designed to make it as simple as possible, eliminate any and everything I could and encourage others to make mead and allow for maximum experimentation with ingredients.
In the end as your first batch is ready to bottle my method allows you to once a week, bottle a gallon, rack a gallon and make a gallon, with only 30 minutes of work per week. I don’t think my method is the best method, I do think it may be the best method for the most people.
Join me today to learn all about it.
- The basic method
- Use a one gallon fermenter
- Use 3 lbs of honey
- Use adjuncts of your choice
- Use two stains of yeast
- Use fermax yeast nutrient
- Leave head space about 15% of volume
- Ferment for about 30-45 days and rack
- Add filtered water to secondary and let fully clear
- Some of my favorite adjuncts/flavorings
- 3 Flowers Blend
- Cucumber and Mint
- Autumn Olive
- Cleaning and Sensitization my way – everyone disagrees
- Pasteurizing your adjuncts the easy way
- Why I don’t even use a hydrometer any more
- Why I seldom cold crash, but why I might
- Why I am fine using “everyday honey” and my favorite brand
- The joy of honey on the road and making mead from it
- Airlocks vs balloons
- Bottles for your mead and how I handle sensitization of those
- Why those who say I am wrong are actually right, sort of
- Why I think this is the best method for the most people
Resources for today’s show…
- Join the Members Brigade
- Join Our Forum
- The Year 115
- Walking To Freedom
- The Granddaddy’s Gun Club
- Bullhead Fishing Forum – A new little site I started
- Biltong for Breakfast
- The Sea Inside – Bob Seager
Supplies for Mead Making and Resources
- Yeast Combo I Use
- Small Batch Racking Cain
- Fermax Yeast Nutrient
- Swing Top Bottles
- 2.5 Gallon Uline Carboy
- Style of Airlock I Prefer
- Salter Digital Scale
- Dutch Gold the Honey I Buy in Quantity – Listen to Show to Hear about The Recommended Alternative
- My Mead Making Playlist on Youtube
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