wed, aug 26, 20
1 gallon jug
1 tea pot (or large pot with strainer)
1 Brewsy bag
1/2 cup of looseleaf tea leaves (you pick what tea, but preferably one with low caffeine)
1 quart of water (for tea) and additional water to fill gallon line (see step 6)
1.5 lbs of honey
Granulated sugar (amount varies based upon your sweetness preference)
Make tea by boiling 1 quart of water and then adding 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 and move it to your gallon container.
Once you have finished adding the honey, 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 and mix again.
Open the sweetness calculator to determine how to determine how much granulated sugar you should add and how much juice you should pour out. Be sure to use the following measurements: 4 quarts, 35 grams of sugar per serving, and 8 fluid ounces per serving. Adjust sweetness as desired.
NOTE: Pick two level 'drier' than you would like your finished drink. Add no sugar if wanting to make dry or semi-dry mead
Using the values from the sweetness calculator, pour out some mead, add sugar, seal the mead again, and shake until dissolved (it's ok if it all doesn't dissolve).
Allow mead to reach room temperature (if it hasn't already), then open your Brewsy bag and pour the contents in. Seal your mead again and shake vigorously.
Replace your mead cap with your airlock (see video here), add water to 'fill line', and leave in a dark and warm place (75-77 degree F) for three days. Cover with towel if necessary for darkness and/or keeping warm. Save the juice cap!
After 3 days, move to fridge for 48 hours. Optional: Remove the airlock and replace with the original cap, but *not* tightened onto the mead container. Instead, leave it loosely on top.
After 48+ hours in the fridge, your yeast will have fallen to the bottom of your container. We recommend that you carefully pour your wine off of the sediment into a secondary container for bottling. You may find that sediment will build up again, and your wine might need to be poured off ('racked') once more. Note: this sediment is completely safe to drink if accidentally consumed.
Enjoy! Your mead will continue to improve with age.