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HOW TO BREW A HYDROMEL MEAD with honey character and a semi-sweet crispiness

This recipe is ALL about the orange blossom honey. A good honey is critical to this mead’s success. At a low ABV riding just above 5%, this crisp, refreshing draft session mead is perfect for summer sipping. Why not home brew one right now? It can be ready in under a month if kegged. Note: If you’ll be bottle-conditioning instead of kegging, use about a cup of the non-fermentable sugar alcohol erythritol to backsweeten.

What fruit flavor would you use in a hydromel like this? Let us know in the comments. 👇

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Honey Hydromel Mead

A delicious, honey-forward hydromel with a refreshing finish

  • Author: BC

Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 pounds honey (orange blossom)
  • 3 grams malic acid
  • 3 grams wine tannin
  • Water to five gallons
  • Yeast nutrient
  • And 1 pound honey to back-sweeten if kegging (use erythritol if bottle conditioning, along with corn sugar to prime)

Instructions

  1. Mix 5 pounds honey, 3 grams malic acid, 3 grams wine tannin, and water.
  2. Pitch yeast, add nutrients, ferment dry.
  3. Rack to secondary after fermentation completes.
  4. Clear with sparkolloid.
  5. Backsweeten and carbonate; use 1 pound honey to back-sweeten if kegging (use erythritol if bottle conditioning, along with corn sugar to prime).

Notes

Orange blossom honey is crucial! Watch the video to see the process.

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