Though I am not quite sure of the reason, I have been thinking a lot lately about making a batch of mead. It is not like I have perfected the beer thing by any stretch, but it strikes me as another option to try since the process is even simpler. Now I don’t want to make a full 5 gallon batch to start mostly since it would take me forever to drink that much. Then again, since it will be taking up a carboy regardless it would not do any harm to go ahead and get the extra honey to make a larger batch.
For those not familiar with mead, it is basically an alcoholic beverage created from fermenting a mixture of honey and water . . . a honey wine. I say basically since there are many variations of mead depending on what else is thrown into the equation (such as fruits, spices, etc.). What exact style I will ultimately go with I do not know.
The desire to make some mead is currently battling with my lack of patience. Mead is simple to brew, but it does take many, many months before it is ready to drink. It is not that you cannot drink it earlier than that, but rather that it will taste much better if you give it some extra time. Waiting to enjoy my creations is yet to become a strong suit of mine.
So I might have to grab another fermenter to use for mead (maybe just a 3 gallon) so that I can continue to brew batches of beer as I wait for the mead to mature. Regardless I am continuing to look into recipes and methods and I will not tire you with the videos that I have been watching so I will just go with this one for today . . .