Mead brewing quick reference guide for beginners

A handy quick-reference guide to mead brewing with shopping list.  Included are helpful links to make your mead brewing experience a successful one. 

This shopping list will save time and get you up and running quickly.

ItemOrder QtyDescription
One Step11 lb no rinse cleaner
6.5 gallon fermentation bucket w/lid1Lid Pre-drilled / grommeted for air-lock
Pure ‘N Simple Honey 2 pack, 5 lbs210 lbs honey (need between 12-17 lbs for 5 gal)
Campden Tablets1100ct potassium metabisulfite
Go-Ferm / Fermaid K Bundle1100g Go-Ferm 80g Fermaid K
Lalvin 72B-1122 Brewer’s Yeast1Brewers yeast with a 14% Alcohol tolerence.
Yeast Nutrients1Diammonium phosphate / Urea yeast supplement
DeGasser Whip1Mead aeration tool & C02 removal.
Hydromter1Test the ABV, Brix & Gravity of your Mead
Wine Thief1Take samples to measure sugar content of your mead
5 Gallon glass carboy1glass carboy used for secondary fermentation
Auto-Siphon16.5′ of 5/16″ tubing & bucket Clamp
Twin bubble airlock w #7 stopper1Airlock and standard #7 stopper for 5 gallon carboy

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I recommend sterilizing with One Step no rinse cleaner. 1 Tbsp to a gallon of filtered tap water. Place everything you need to sterilize into your fermentation bucket. Stir spoons, measuring cups, airlocks, winethief, transfer siphon, hygrometer, even lid opening tools.  If you have fragile glass tools consider rolling the bucket to distribute the cleaner evenly top to bottom. Allow the cleanser to remain in contact with the items you’re cleaning for at least a minute. before pouring it out.

Brewing Guide

Making Mead the Easy Way by Steve Piatz – All of the ingredient quantity questions you might have about the mead making process can be answered using the MeadMakr BatchBuildr link below

The MeadMakr BatchBuildr – A great tool that shows you exactly how much of each ingredient you’ll need to make the mead as sweet or dry as you like.