If you'd like to test out your home brewing skills, give mead a try. Mead is a classical, hearty brewed drink that typically has a higher alcohol content than wine. Honey adds a sweetness to the flavouring. Though there are many types and flavours of mead, making basic mead is the best way for beginners to get a feel for the art of home brewing without the need of special brewing equipment.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 1 gallon fresh water
- 2 to 3lbs. of unprocessed honey
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 large balloon
- 1 package of active dry yeast
- 1 small box of raisins
- 1 needle or safety pin
Fill your sink with hot water. Place unopened, sealed honey container in the hot water for 15 minutes so that it pours more easily.
Pour half of the water out of its gallon jug. Pour heated honey into the jug carefully. Add in the yeast and 20 raisins. Add cinnamon to the mixture for flavouring.
Screw the cap onto the jug and shake it for several minutes so that everything is mixed completely.
Remove the cap and add enough water so that there is only an inch or two of empty jug, and the rest is filled with your mead mixture. Reseal and shake the jug again to mix water in.
Poke a hole at the top of your balloon with a safety pin. Remove the cap from your jug and replace it with the balloon. The balloon will keep the mead sealed, but will allow the release of carbon dioxide.
Store mead in a cool, dry place for seven to 10 days, waiting for the balloon to deflate and for bubbling to cease. When the balloon has deflated and bubbling has ceased, transfer mead into a new, clean container.
Store mead in a cool, dry place for another three to six months. When mead has fermented to your liking, it is ready to drink.
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