A nice-looking mead
A nice-looking mead
Setting up the corker to bottle mead
Setting up the corker to bottle mead
Finished, bottled mead
Finished, bottled mead

I made this mead on a bit of a whim to sort of act as a mead-making demo. I intended to back-sweeten, but ultimately I enjoyed the flavor without any sweetening, so this became a semi-sweet mead.

This is the first mead I’ve ever put in fancy bottles and it’s been making really convenient to give gifts. Although if I worked out the cost per bottle I’d probably be shocked :)


  • Batch Size: 5 Gallons (18.93 L)


Ingredient Amount % When
Orange blossom honey 15 lbs (6.803 kg) 100% mixed in a bucket to start


Strain Amount Starter
Lalvin 71B-1122 dry yeast 2 packs N/A


Ingredient Amount When
Go-Ferm 28g Rehydrating yeast
Diammonium phosphate (DAP) 8g Primary Fermentation
Fermaid-K 18g Primary Fermentation


100% RO water

Kristen England Even-Speed Mead method

  • Day 0: 4.5 g Fermaid K, 2g DAP, Rehydrate 2 packs 71B with 28 g Go-Ferm
  • Days 1, 3, 5, 7, 8: stir
  • Day 2, 4, 6: 4.5g Fermaid K, 2g DAP, 10 mL 2M KOH Stir

Primary Fermentation: 14 days at 68° F (ish) (20° C)

Secondary Fermentation: ??? some amount of months in a glass carboy with a silicon airlock

Post-fermentation: SuperKleer KC used in the carboy prior to kegging