wed, aug 26, 20
Prep your tea — boil one quart of water, and add 1 or 2 tea bags or 1/2 cup of looseleaf tea leaves.
Cover the tea and let it simmer for about ten minutes while stirring occasionally.
Carefully add the honey to your gallon jug.
After ten minutes, strain the tea, let it cool a bit, and move it to your jug.
Add the honey, then vigorously shake the bottle until the honey mixes (it's okay if it does not entirely mix, but do the best you can!).
Add water (preferably cold) to fill just below the gallon line, then mix it again.
Open the sweetness calculator to determine how to determine how much sugar you should add, if necessary.
You can use the following measurements in the sugar calculator:
35 grams of sugar per serving
8 fl oz ounces per serving
Then, adjust sweetness as desired! We recommend making it two levels less sweet than you'd usually like. If you'd like your mead semi-dry or dry, then you don't need to add sugar.
Using the values from the sweetness calculator, pour out some mead (you can save it to backsweeten with later) and add sugar, if necessary.
Allow your mead to reach room temperature (if it hasn't already), then open your Brewsy bag and pour the contents in.
Then, shake it all up!
Replace the cap with your airlock (see video here), add water to the fill line, and leave your mead in a dark and warm place (75-77°F) for 3 days.
If you're only using honey and not using sugar, leave it for 5 days.
After 3 days, move it to the fridge for 48 hours.
You can remove the airlock and set the original cap on top of your drink.
Be sure not to tighten the cap!
After 48+ hours in the fridge, your yeast will have fallen to the bottom of your container.
Now, carefully "rack" your mead 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!
Store the rest of your mead in the fridge, with the bottle cap still on loosely.
If you see sediment start to build up again after several days, you can rack it again.
As it ages, the taste of your mead will keep on getting better. Cheers!