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August Wildflower Mead – A Success and Recipe of sorts

Amber Shehan April 5, 2013

Brewing: fermented health and delicious drinks
queen annes lace flower

Queen Anne’s Lace by Modern Scribe Photography

In August 2012, I took it upon myself to wander around the yard and gather some lovely flowers together to make a gallon of wildflower mead – affectionately referred to around my home as “yard-clippin booze.”

One handful each of:

  • Primrose flowers
  • Queen Anne’s Lace flowers
  • Chicory flowers
  • Red Clover

From the apothecary:

  • Four dried Hibiscus flowers
  • 1 small dried slice of Lime
  • Roughly 1/8 cup dried elder flowers
  • 1 fingertip sized nubbin of ginger

First, I gathered the ingredients. Next, I put a large stock pot on the stove with most of a gallon of water and let it come just up to a boil. I removed it from heat and added all of the herbs and covered it with a lid to sit for about ten minutes.

After the steep, I added 3 lbs of local honey (just about 4 cups).  I stirred it until mixed and then strained and poured the wort into a waiting sanitized gallon jug.  I added cold water to fill to the neck of the jug, and once it was cool enough, I added one packet of bread yeast and a fermentation cap.

It bubbled happily for a few weeks and then ceased.  I allowed it to sit on a dark spot in my kitchen until early March.

I used a straw to taste the mead.  It was good, but dry, I know that most people prefer a sweet mead. The strong bread yeast had eaten all the sugars away, making it a nice dry mead with a hint of flowers and honey flavor.

I bottled just one swing-top wine bottle of the dry mead, as it will one day pair nicely with a fish dinner. YUM.

To the remainder, I added a simple sugar syrup.  I re-sanitized the fermentation cap and let it sit for another week or so to ensure that there was no new fermentation. It got bottled up, and I must say, it is one of my most favorite meads so far!

My camera is broken, so there are no pictures, but take my word for it when I tell you that it is the clearest, cleanest, most well-rounded mead I’ve made yet!

Next on the list?  A five-gallon batch!

Amber Shehan

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