Category: Brew Science

molecular structure of yeast

Acids in mead

A common flaw in meads is a poor balance between acid and sweetness. You need a little acid to offset the natural sweetness in mead.  Honey is not a high-acid substance [..]

molecular structure of yeast

A thought on mead nutrients

Honey contains small amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as anti-oxidants, but not enough to make sufficient nutrition for your yeast.  If there is lag time in getting yeast activity [..]

molecular structure of yeast

Sulfites in mead

Sulfite: the goal is to neutralize wild yeasts in your mead must, so that they don’t give you awful off-flavors.  Brewing yeasts are carefully engineered for the way they process the [..]

USDA Technical Bulletin 1261: Honey Composition and Properties

 HONEY COMPOSITION AND PROPERTIES By J. W. WHITE, JR. AND LANDIS W. DONER(1) BEEKEEPING IN THE UNITED STATES AGRICULTURE HANDBOOK NUMBER 335 Revised October 1980 Honey is essentially a highly concentrated [..]

picture of dried yeast such as can be used for brewing

Mead additives

Honey Handling and Mead Additives – another forum discussion  From http://byo.com/feature/875.html Your aim in preparing the must and in the fermentation of honey should be to retain as much of [..]