Making the journey
My passion for mead making runs deep. I use the word passion because it’s a nice sounding word that conveys my enthusiasm for the art of apian alchemy. Though, there are moments in time, when a word like obsession seems to more appropriately distill my preoccupations.
When some of my friend asks me what I’m doing for the afternoon and my response is that I am going on a four hour journey to acquire 40 pounds of the finest raw organic honey for a decent price, I’m not surprised that this sounds unreasonable to many of them. They are, however, usually surprised when, indeed, they next see me with 3.5 gallons of honey in tow.
Whose reason? Yours or mine, joker?
When you are making four meads a year, 40 pounds of honey is not at all unreasonable. It is certainly not unreasonable to drive 4 hours to get the raw organic stuff for the same price you get the regular stuff at the brew shop (and from the same source!) Four trips to the brew shop would have taken that much time anyhow.
That’s one long journey!
These are the justifications I tell myself. I also carry a strong suspicion that when glasses finally meet lips for the first hesitant taste, the end result will be a look on faces that will go from concern to approval. Dare I say, it will be followed by an altogether beautiful and tragic desire for more.
Raw Organic Clover Mead
Raw Organic Clover Mead
- 12 pounds raw organic clover honey
- 4 gallons water
- two teaspoons bee pollen
- Lalvin K1V-1116 yeast
5 gallons of off-dry raw organic clover mead
Tap water! Bee pollen? No boil?! These things may seem anathema to you (or downright questionable) but I can guarantee you it works, Our brew crew has easily made half a dozen meads in this fashion. Every one of them has been delicious, clean and clear. Did I mention delicious? The depth of flavor and complexity of the honey character is vastly improved when refraining from heating the honey.
Besides, if you’re going to pay extra for raw organic clover honey, why not make a raw organic clover mead?
Secrets to success no-boil mead
This will be the first 100% raw organic clover mead made from raw organic honey. I have no doubt in my mind the mead will ferment flawlessly as the rest of our unboiled meads have. The secret to success can be simplified to two main things.
The first is providing plenty of nutrients Having readily available nutrients help your fermentation to get a healthy start. This is where the bee pollen comes in. Bee pollen is packed full of natural fertilizer for the yeast.
The second part is to add the yeast to the diluted honey/water mixture as soon as possible once the honey is in solution. Follow those two tips and your chances of success are almost assured.
Mead is simple
Mead is, quite simply, the easiest alcoholic beverage you can make. The brew day itself from start to finish takes no more than an hour. After a few mead making sessions, it can easily be accomplished in 30-45 minutes.
The hard part is waiting for the yeast to do their job. The even harder part is waiting for your 12%+ honey wine to mellow out a bit. For that there is no advice I can give.
However long you wait, enjoy your raw organic clover mead.