I’m pretty excited over this. I finally have the details down and everything has been ordered. Brewing will start probably on 5/12 just because of the yeast delivery. Let me know what you think!
2 Gallon Batch:
- 6lbs Wildflower Honey
- 1lb Clove Honey
- 1/4lb white raisins
- 3/4oz hibiscus
- .5oz US Golding Hops
- .5oz UK Kent Goldings Hops
- Yeast Energizer
- WLP-099 yeast
Boil 1.5 gallons of water and add in Golding Hops at start of boil. Boil for one hour.
While water is boiling, add a small amount of water to a pan and cook all raisins until they’re plump and give off an aroma.
30 minutes into boil, add raisins.
45 minutes into boil, add Kent Golding Hops
At 60 minutes, remove kettle from burner and add in 5lbs of Wildflower Honey, stir until dissolved. Add in 1/2oz of dried hibiscus flowers.
Once must is cool, pitch yeast. Add 1/3 of yeast nutrients. The bubble activity will determine when I add in the next 1/3 of nutrients and also 0.5lb of Wildflower Honey. Repeat for final 1/3 of nutrients.
Once Activity has slowed down again, rack to secondary, add 1/2 amount of Yeast energizer and 0.5lb of Clove honey. Repeat once activity has slowed.
After 30 days, rack to secondary to remove sediment. Repeat once more and add in remaining hibiscus flowers.
1 week before bottling, add in Potassium Metabisulfite. Bottle for 6 months.
There doesn’t seem to be too many proven approaches for this mead so I figured I’d share with you guys and get some input. What do you think?