Mead Brewing Lessons
I will teach you how to brew mead, a traditional European honey wine.
Mead, despite using honey as its primary ingredient, can be made either sweet or dry. The mead I make generally has an alcohol content of around 6% - 9%. I can also teach you how to make a "short mead", which is more like a honey soda with a very low (maybe 1%) alcohol content.
At the end of the day you will have a gallon of mead to enjoy with your friends and family as well as the know-how to make more.
You will need to supply the honey and the water that make up the mead. You will need between 1 - 1.5 quarts of honey (3 - 5 pounds) depending on how sweet you would like the final mead to be. I suggest using GoodFlow clover honey, but wildflower honey is also good. I suggest finding a local beekeeper like GoodFlow or Round Rock Honey, but any honey will do as long as it is 100% honey and not a mixture of honey and sugar.
I will try to make the lesson as easily accessible as possible by providing most of the equipment you'll need, but since the mead will need to ferment for a while after we finish brewing it, you will need to provide at least the following equipment:
- A two gallon bucket ($5).
- A one gallon carboy ($5). - This is basically a glass jug.
- An airlock ($5).
- A siphon hose ($2).
I can pick up these supplies for you if you'd like. These are all one-time expenses. Once you have them you can brew with them many, many times.
Once the mead has finished fermenting you can use any used wine or beer bottles to bottle it, or you can even serve it directly out of the carboy. Fermentation takes about 2-4 weeks, at which time the mead is drinkable. However, I suggest letting the mead age for 9 months to a year for best results.
Training & Qualifications
I am an avid mead brewer and medievalist. I have brewed several gallons of mead for my own enjoyment and have often given away mead as gifts for family and friends.
Availability & Preferences
You should set aside a Saturday afternoon for brewing if possible. The process takes a couple of hours. I can meet other times too if Saturdays aren't good for you.