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Holiday Mead

309 calories 16.1 g 16 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Open Category Mead
Boil Time: 0 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 5.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 5.5 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 22.8 °P (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 100% (brew house)
Source: Brad Ledbetter
Calories: 309 calories (Per 16oz)
Carbs: 16.1 g (Per 16oz)
Created Sunday November 8th 2020
22.8 °P
0.6 °P
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
15 lb US - Honey - Sweet Clover15 lb Honey - Sweet Clover 35 0 100%
15 lb / 0.00
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
7 each Clove Spice Whirlpool 10 min.
6 each Allspice Spice Whirlpool 10 min.
3 each Cinnamon stick Spice Whirlpool 10 min.
8 oz Cranberry Juice Concentrate Flavor Kegging 0 min.
9.40 g Fermaid O Other Primary 0 min.
10.40 g Fermaid K Other Primary 0 min.
7.20 g Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) Other Primary 0 min.
Mangrove Jack - Mead M05
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
59 - 86 °F
Fermentation Temp:
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 166 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
CO2 Level: 0 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Stuart Andrew Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
0 0 0 0 0 0
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

Clean and sanitize everything that will come into contact with your must.

  1. Dissolve honey in small amount of water (leave room to add additional water to reach batch volume).

  2. Add
    6 whole cloves
    6 whole allspice (crushed)
    3 2-inch cinnamon sticks

  3. Add water to your batch volume minus volume for yeast slurry.

  4. Aerate the must with a drill stirrer or shake/stir vigorously for 15 minutes.

  5. Pitch yeast.

  6. Record specific gravity and temperature for future reference.

  7. Apply airlock. Ferment per your yeast temperature specs.

  8. Degas twice per day for first week of fermentation.

  9. Dose nutrients per nutrient protocol instructions below. To avoid mead eruption accidents, degas must and dissolve yeast nutrient doses in 1 cup must prior to adding to the fermenter.
    • At 24 hours after you pitch your yeast, add 4.7g Fermaid O to your must.
    • At 48 hours after you pitch your yeast, add 4.7g Fermaid O to your must.
    • At 72 hours after you pitch your yeast, add 5.2g Fermaid K and 3.6g DAP to your must.
    • When the must reaches the 1/3 sugar break (1/3 of all available sugars are consumed, i.e. 1.120 starting gravity reaches 1.080 or 21 Brix reaches 14 Brix), but no later than 7 days after yeast pitch, add the last dose of 5.2g of Fermaid K and 3.6g of DAP.
    • If mead starts to show signs of yeast stress from low nutrients after last nutrient dose (evidenced by sulfur smells), add 4.7g Fermaid O as needed to supplement for a high nutrient requirement yeast.

  10. Rack when yeast is done fermenting, as evidenced by no drop in SG for two full weeks. Also rack within 3 weeks of sediment layer forming on the bottom of an aging vessel to avoid autolysis flavors.

    8oz gallon cranberry juice concentrate
    • Take a sample of finished mead and blend carefully measured quantities of mead and juice to taste to determine the correct ratio. Add to keg or bottling bucket and transfer mead on top. Then bottle or keg or whatever.

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  • Last Updated: 2020-11-09 13:35 UTC
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