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My First Mead

by Joel Kleier on 2012-09-09


Recently I've gone to a few breweries (Leinenkugel's, New Glarus, and Summit Brewing) and started to take a shine to the possibility of home brew.

I don't want to jump all in, though, so I'm starting with a simple mead that needs almost no skill -- "Joe's Ancient Orange Cinnamon Clove Mead"

Right now my first batch is firmenting, and won't be ready for tasting/aging until late September.

Here's a pic of it doing it's thing:

"My First Mead Firmenting"
"My First Mead Firmenting"

I'm calling it "0x0000". I think for each of my brews, I give them a 32-bit hex designation. Why? Because I can.

My Recipe And Process for 0x0000

Even though I'm using "Joe's Ancient Orange Cinnamon Clove Mead" recipe, I still have done a few things differently, for good or bad. Mostly the differences were unintentional.

Ingredients
Process
  1. Santize equipment
  2. Bring water to 168°F
  3. Warm Honey separately
  4. Combine Honey & Water in Jug & shake for 3-4 minutes
  5. Add cinamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, orange fruit, orange zest, and raisins
  6. Add a little cool water to raise level of contents
  7. Shake for 2 minutes
  8. Cool to 73&degF (or whatever room temperature is)
  9. Add yeast, shake gently
  10. Fill airlock with vodka and stopper jug with drilled bung and airlock
  11. Ferment at (approx) 66.6°F
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