Making mead, first try

From the amount of effort I have put into looking for a certain type of beer, wine, and my tendencies to drink cocktails, I’m probably a closet alcoholic XD However, I’m not really into drinking till I passed out, and my choice of drinks are usually something sweet (like Red Apple Ale, or Mimosa), and only interested in how it tastes (so I really don’t like dry drinks at all, hence I spend a lot of time finding a drink that actually tastes good for me).

So with the taste in mind, I was looking for something that is healthy to drink, and I haven’t found a wine that I like to the point of wanting to drink a glass every day, so I’ve been doing a little research and it lead me to mead. I’ve been interested in mead for a while, but when I was living in Indiana, mead is hard to come by, and those that are for sale usually have high content alcohol, so I’ve passed that up, till now, that is. I did find a couple brand of mead in Carre Four and bought a bottle home to try. While it still does have high content alcohol, the bitter taste was balanced by the sweetness of honey, and I thought it was a pretty good drink. My logic leads me to think that if I can make mead at home, I’ll do less alcohol while getting the benefits of mead still.

Making mead at home turned out to be easier than I thought, and there are two methods: wild fermentation and yeast fermentation. It pretty much broke down into few ingredients: honey, water, and yeast. With the wild fermentation, all you need is honey and water, mix it up, and wait for it to ferment; this method takes a bit longer than the yeast fermentation due to the fewer number of yeast that is available in the honey, so it’s up to you to choose. For my first time making mead, I thought I could just do the wild fermentation and see how it turned out. I’ve read from a few how-tos:

Imbibe Living

Earthineer

Got Mead

Zero-waste Chef

It really seems to be simple: get honey to water ratio, mixes them up, stir a few times a day, rejoice at the result a week or so later. In practice, it didn’t work for me.  I did 1:4 honey to water ratio, and stir as instructed daily, but after a week, I still see no sign of bubbling, only babbling whitish cloud in the mixture.

Upon closer inspection, the cloud kinda looks like a buffed hero in heavy armor, so I just leave it be, blindly hoping that the white cloud is yeast. To give it credit, it does smell a bit of yeasty goodness, but the taste is just simply honey water. After a couple more days, there was still no sign of bubbling, but the cloud broke apart. Some sunk onto the bottom, and some floated to the top. The result isn’t pretty and making me doubt the mixture even more.

Not sure exactly what went wrong, but I’m guessing I would need to get yeast and start over, this time I’ll try another type of honey, and use yeast to make it easier on myself.

While I was reading about honey, there’s also a topic of local, organic honey, and it leads me to think about making my own bee aviary. It would be cool to have my own honey supplies XD I got excited just thinking about the many uses and benefits of honey, and what’s better than having my honey in the backyard?

Well, I don’t have any backyard now, but it would be quite nice once I settle down somewhere XD Though, with the process of getting honey from the hive, there is such thing as Flow Hive, where the process of draining the honey is easier on the owner and the bees, as you can just drain the honey straight from the honeycomb instead of going through the long process of taking out the combs and separating the honey manually. One more thing to put on my list of a dream home, haha. With the number of fruit trees and herbs I want to plant in my future garden, having a next of bees around would make for easier fruiting ^____^