This is my first ever attempt at trying to brew anything and I have absolutely no idea how well it's going to turn out in the end but hey! it's fermenting right? That's a first step at least. For those that want to know, the whole setup cost me around $28.00. Everything except the distilled water I purchased from a local store called American Brewmaster.
In total I purchased:
- 2 1 gallon glass carboy jugs
- 1 Lalvin D47 dry yeast
- 1 #3 drilled stopper
- 1 S type airlock
- 1 8oz package of One Step
- 1 lb of orange blossom honey
- 1 screw cap (to keep the dust out of my empty jug
This is roughly half a gallon of must so I'm hoping the 1 lb of honey will make it sweet enough but only time will tell I guess. In searching around I found a super simple recipe that I mostly followed from Storm The Castle. Unfortanutely I didn't have any oranges, or raisins, so I substituted around a tsp of lemon juice and around 2 1/2 tbsp of light brown sugar. Again, I have no clue how this is going to turn out but I have my fingers crossed that it's going to come out tasting at least 80% like mead and 20% like rocket fuel.
For those interested here is the quick run-down on the process I followed.
#1 - SANITIZE EVERYTHING.... Seriously, my sink has never looked so clean, ever. I scrubbed the kitchen sink down with just a little bit of dish detergent and then washed it out really, really good. Then I plugged it up and made a batch of One Step to sanitize the sink and anything that would be coming in contact with the must or yeast.
#2 - Started the yeast activation. Heated a little bit of water, mixed it together with the D47 yeast, agitated it a little bit to make sure that some of the yeast was getting to the water, and then set a timer for 15 minutes (package instructions).
#3 - Made the must. Poured the 1lb of honey, 1/2 gallon of distilled water, 2 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice into a 1 gallon glass jug. Threw the lid on and began mixing and aerating. Proceeded to shake the jug for 5 minutes.
#4 - Pitched the yeast into the must. Gave it a little swirl to try and make sure the yeast was distributed into the must.
#5 - Plug with stopper and airlock, wrap in towel.
That was basically it. In the future I'll probably go into a bit more detail on some of these steps and I'll definitely make sure to let everyone know how this concoction tastes when it's done fermenting in a few weeks. Now I just have to hope that the fermentation continues like it's supposed to and it doesn't wind up just dying off.
For now, Be Well Readers!