thu, jun 3, 21
1 Gallon Container
Blender (Either a blender or an immersion blender)
1 Brewsy Bag
1 lb of Frozen Blueberries
1.5 lbs of Honey (Blueberry or clover honey preferred, but you can use any honey
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Whole Clove
1 Pinch of Nutmeg or Allspice
392g Sugar (for semi-sweet)
Water (amount varies)
Place frozen blueberries in a bowl and pour half of your sugar over them so that the fruit thaws and macerates.
When the fruit thaws, pour in your blender and blend until the berries are chopped into pieces . You can also use an immersion blender to chop the berries while they are in the bowl.
Refreeze the berries for about 2 hours before allowing them to rethaw again and pour them into your gallon container.
Dissolve 1.5 pounds honey in hot water of about the same volume. Then, pour the honey into your gallon container.
Dissolve remaining sugar in an equal volume of hot water to make simple syrup. Then, pour it into your gallon container.
Brew 1/2 cup loose black tea in a quart of boiling water for 15 min. Once it is complete, strain the tea leaves out. Add the newly brewed tea to your mead.
Add one cinnamon stick, one whole clove, and a pinch of nutmeg. Then, add water to fill to a gallon and shake well. Allow your creation reach room temperature before continuing.
Once your creation reaches room temperature, open your Brewsy Bag and pour the contents in. Seal your juice again and shake well.
Apply the airlock, then leave your container somewhere dark and warm (75-80°F is best) for at least 3 days.
If you want it to be stronger, give it more time to ferment before cold crashing. Taste a little here and there to determine if it's the right level of sweetness for you. The stronger it is, the less sweet it will be.
After 48+ hours in the fridge, your yeast will have fallen to the bottom of your container.
Now, carefully "rack" your wine by pouring it off of the sediment into a different container. You can discard the sediment at the bottom — you won't want it in your final product. Then, pour a glass and give it a try!
Add one drop of vanilla extract per half gallon (you don't need more, or you'll be drinking perfume!). Continue racking 1 week apart until you aren't getting any more sludge. It will grow clearer and clearer as you go.
Store the rest of your wine in the fridge, with the bottle cap still on loosely.
As it ages, the taste of your wine will keep on getting better. Cheers!