August is all about Mead

What is Mead?
To put it simply, mead is a fermented beverage made from honey which is sometimes referred to as "honey wine."
Plausibly humankind's first fermented beverage, mead has evolved and expanded its range through the millennia to include other fermentables such as fruit and malt as well as various flavorings such as herbs and spices.
Brewers often make a malt and honey mead known as "braggot" or "bracket."What is Mead Day? American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Mead Day is a national event to help increase camaraderie among homebrewers and meadmakers and introduce or reintroduce the meadmaking hobby.
Each year on the first Saturday in August, homebrewers around the nation are encouraged to invite non-brewing and brewing friends and family to celebrate by making mead.From: Ken Schramm []
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 12:01 PM
Subject: Mead Making Season

Now's the time. In the heat of the summer, when many of us put our beer making on hiatus, it is the perfect time to be making meads. Fresh fruit is available at excellent prices, mead fermentations love
the warmer basement temps, and there are even beekeepers in the midst of their first harvest in some parts of the country.

A couple of tips for your trip to the farmers' market:
Find a beekeeper who packages and sells his/her own honey, and ask what kind of price he might like for a five gallon bucket. You may have to make two trips, but that is a good relationship to build.

Return any empty buckets (that can keep his costs down). They'd probably be glad to take any clean surplus food grade five gallon buckets you may have lying around.

Buy fruit at the end of the day, when vendors are looking to off load their stock.

Buy the ripest fruit you can find.

And for home:
Use a lot of yeast (I use 3 pkgs of 71B-1122 per 5 gals.), and make sure your must is thoroughly mixed and aerated before pitching.

Use some nutrient. I like 1/2 tsp. of diammonium phosphate plus 1/4 tsp Fermaid K each day with a good stir when you pitch, and then repeat that addition each day for the next three days.

Keep your OG under 1.150.

Use more fruit than you thought. A Fermentap siphon starter is a great way to get mead out from under fruit and into a secondary, if you can find one.

Much fun awaits.

Ken Schramm
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