Last Orders Mead

I started a mead last night, using Raw Honey from Mead Orchards in Tivoli, NY.

For one gallon (US) I added 3lbs of honey.  This gave me an O.G of 1.106 (potential 14% ABV).

The process is simple.  Add honey to warm water.  Bring to the boil to sterilize the honey (received wisdom is keep above 66 degrees C for 10  minutes).  Allow to cool, pitch yeast, add yeast nutrient and ferment under airlock.  Rack when clear.

When it comes to bottling time you can choose between a sweet or sparkling mead.  If the latter is what you desire, then prime bottles with sugar and use an appropriate pressure closure.

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