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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Making Mead (honey wine) Step by Step with Photos

Mead or often referred to as "Honey Wine" is impressively easy to make!

Step 1: Measure out 1 pound of honey for every gallon of water. We decided to only start with a 1 gallon batch, but as soon as we have the space we will get a 5 gallon batch going!

 Step 2: Funnel your honey into a sterilized glass jar or carboy and add water (1 gallon to every 1 pound of honey).
Step 3: Add Champagne Yeast

Step 4: Secure your bung and watch the yeast and sugar start working!

Make sure to leave enough head space for the yeast and sugar to "work" and not have overflow. You can see in the photo that it is already foaming and if we would have topped it off too high, the pressure from the activity would have overflowed a bit.

Now we wait! The next step will be in about 3 months and the whole process for mead is about 9 months.

1 comment:

  1. How'd this turn out? I've never tried mead before.