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Sparkling Ginger Mead

Sparkling Ginger Mead

This is a recipe in progress for a sparkling ginger mead.  I’m adding all my thought processes and decisions here.  I’m making it for my friend Cynthia, unless she tells me she doesn’t like ginger… Sanitize EVERYTHING, except the spice bag, which doesn’t sanitize well so I boil it.  Spatula, […]

Feeding Yeast

Feeding Yeast

Proper yeast nutrition means your brew ferments faster and cleaner, leaving fewer off-flavors that have to age out.  We’ll call that a good thing.  Yeast is a pretty complex little organism, though, with a lot of nutrient requirements that change from life phase to life phase.  So how do we, […]

A thought on mead nutrients

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 started in a mead must, it could be due to the lack of available nitrogen and nutrient compounds. Adding things […]

Mead additives

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 the natural flavor and aroma of the honey as possible. Honey is a dense and sticky product, which makes it […]