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12 Brews of Christmas: #2 Lady White’s Basic Mead

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 by in 12 Brews of Christmas 2014, Honey, Lalvin D-47, Mead, Video | 0 comments

Mead sample in hydrometer tube

On the second day of Christmas… I made my first batch of Mead. I am calling it “Lady White’s Basic Mead.” After much recipe research I landed on the recipe from PBS Vermont’s YouTube explanation featuring Ms White who also happens to have white hair. As Ms White says, “Mead is as simple as honey and water.” This is what I wanted for my first mead. Simple.

After watching the movie, I dutifully walked to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market and purchased two pounds of California Wildflower honey from the Honey Pacifica booth. I love their honey and I am fortunate to have an endless supply so close to where I live.
California Wildflower Honey

I then shot over to Eagle Rock Home Brew Supply to buy the Lalvin D-47 yeast (which I learned about from another YouTube video) and a jar of yeast nutrient.Lalvin yeast and nutrient

I love this quote from Lalvin’s site:

“Origin:This strain was isolated from grapes grown in the Côtes-du-Rhône region of France by Dr. Dominique Delteil, head of the Microbiology Department, Institut coopératif du vin (ICV), in Montpellier. ICV D-47 strain was selected from 450 isolates collected between 1986 and 1990.”

For the first time ever I used my hydrometer. Ms White made it seem so easy. Based on what I can tell this mead has an alcohol potential of 13%. Not sure if that is good or bad. I was shooting for a drier mead rather than a dessert wine.
Mead hydrometer reading
I think I am on track. This mead will probably be enjoyed for Christmas… next year. That’s the problem with wines. You need to be patient.

Time to crack open beer and bask in the success of brew number two.



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