Childhood Memories Xmas Mead
So you're looking forward to Santa a climbing down your chimney,
eh Timmy? What the hell are you thinking, you evil dwarf? Santa
knows what you've been up to, and he's gonna fix your sleigh but
good. Better luck next year, you vile little bastard. Another Ho
Ho Hoopajoop from the coal mining Monks of Ann Arbor Abbey.
It's all here.
Sparkling, spiced, hopped, zippy, xmas mead. Sure, a lot of people
get kind of suicidal during this joyous season, but don't do it.
Choose life, or at least choose mead. And look at all you have to
live for. Hell, this stuff won't be ready for years.
Makes 5 gallons.
- 19 lbs. Mesquite
- 1 oz. pelleted
Willamette - hops
- 25 cloves
- 6 sticks
- 1 tbl. ginger
- 4 tsp. Mead
- 1 tbl. Yeast
- 1 package
liquid Sweet Mead Yeast- Wyeast #3184 Sweet Mead
- 1 package
champagne yeast (secondary fermentation)
- 6 lbs. Mesquite
Honey (quaternary fermentation)
- 1 package
champagne yeast (quaternary fermentation)
In a 30 liter
stainless steel brew pot, bring 25 liters cold water to a boil.
When brew pot
reaches boil, begin stirring water and add honey. Stirring will
prevent the honey from settling to the bottom of the bot and burning.
Boil for 15 minutes. When boiling, the albumen mixture that forms
as a foam layer on the surface will cloud the mead. Skim it all
off of the top.
the wort for 15 minutes and skimming, add the spices, hops, acid
blend, and yeast extract:
Cool the wort
to 85 F or lower before adding yeast. Cool the wort as quickly as
possible to prevent infection.
Leave wort in
primary fermenter for about one month. Transfer the wort to a secondary
fermenter, add champagne yeast, and ferment for an additional three
months. Transfer the wort to a tertiary fermenter for an additional
Test at the
end of the seventh month. The mead is probably highly potent, verging
on flammable, so, obviously, it is time to add more fermentables
and do a fourth (quaternary) fermentation!
the tertiary to a 7-gallon quartenary carboy.
- Boil another
six lbs. of honey in 1.5 gallons of water. Cool.
- Add the new
honey mixture and one package of champagne yeast to the quartenary.
(Volume is now 7 gallons.)
- After two
days, bottle the mead in champagne bottles.
Age (and mellow)
for between six months and twenty years (one usually works pretty
25 Oct 1997.