The simplest Mead to make, often called a Show Mead, contains nothing more than Honey, water and yeast.
- 18 Cups Honey (13.5 lbs)
- 5 Gallons of Water
- 5 g Lalvin D-47 Yeast
- Add 4 gallons of 80 degree water to a 5 gallon carboy or food-grade plastic bucket.
- Add the honey while stirring, swirling, or shaking until all honey is dissolved and the liquid is aerated.
- Add the yeast
to 2 cups of warm water to re-hydrate, then add to the fermenter.
- Seal carboy with bung and airlock and store in a dark place at a temperature of about 70 degrees.
- After about 2 weeks, when initial fermentation has stopped, add the remaining gallon of water to the carboy to limit the amount of headspace in the carboy to avoid oxidation.
- After 4 weeks, re-rack to another 5 gallon carboy to clarify the mead.
- Store in a dry, dark space at temperature of 59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Bottle after 8 months, then let age in the bottle for another 4 months.