Going Big with 5 Gallons of Mead

I had all ready started making wine with my Cheap Easy Mead.  But that was just to hold me over till I could do some serious wine making.  When I say serious wine making I use the term “serious” loosely since I’m learning as I go but what I really mean is make a bigger batch of homemade wine.

My friend Josh and I agreed we wanted to do this on a shoe string budget, there would be nohing better than making homemade wine as cheap as possible. We could have bought a home brewing starter kit but decided against it. Instead I did some reasearch as I mentioned in my article getting started (coming soon) and I bought only what we needed.  We both wanted a very strong mead so we were going to use a lot of honey. Here is what we came up with.

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Now, I made the starter and I honestly think I ruined it. I mixed all the nutrient and about 3 cups of honey into a 32 oz poweraid bottle, drilled the cap to fit the gromet from my bucket and put the airlock in it.  The yeast started very fast and the whole thing had foamed over when I came bake two hours to check on it. i cleaned in up and the next day we pitched it into the batch of wine.

It started really slow, I figure something I did. After 24 hours it bubbeled about once every min. after 48 hours it was one bubble every 20 seconds or so. I’m a litle concerned because now I do not know what is fermenting in there, lets hope its the EC-1118 and not some nasty bacteria.

I will keep you posted, happy homemade wine making

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