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First Mead

2 gallon batch. 6 lbs of Orange Blossom. Champagne yeast. Here is my issue… I want to add cinnamon sticks (4), 4 Tbsp of sweet orange peel and vanilla beans (4)… What are my sanitation concerns if any? Hints suggestions comments?

Just soak them in vodka for a little while before you add them.

I’ve added vanilla beans to a 5% beer with out doing anything to them.

I would have no concerns adding them to a 12% mead with out doing anything to them. Same with the other items.

Cut the bean open and scrap the pulp out. Add everything to the mead after fermentation is done.

This recipe calls for adding everything to the initial fermentation. I thought that was weird…

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