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NB Artisanal Standard Dry Mead Kit


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Fermented to completion, dry mead is delicate and more subtle than medium or sack mead. Becomes champagne-like if you carbonate it. Excellent as an aperitif.

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NB Artisanal Standard Dry Mead Recipe Kit

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Fermented to completion, dry mead is delicate and more subtle than medium or sack mead. Becomes champagne-like if you carbonate it. Excellent as an aperitif. Kit includes Wyeast 4021 Champagne Yeast. OG: 1.080-1.083. Time to make: 3 months minimum.

NB Artisanal Mead Kits. Based on Ames Farm's amazing honey, these are simple, uncluttered traditional meads designed to let the honey shine through. Because the floral sources and composition of Ames Farm honey will change with the season and years, and are dependent on variables like hive placement and weather, every batch of these kits will be unique.

Each recipe is available in two sizes - three gallon or five gallon.

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I like mead. This one is still in primary. I hope that I did it right. I got the honey and yeast, but I didnâ??t get the recipe or anything else that might have belonged with it.
December 27, 2017
4 months ago
Good kit for the price... better slightly modified.
For the price of decent honey this kit is a good deal. I had good success with my kit and am ordering another. I altered my recipe a bit and added 5lbs of fresh raspberries to my secondary (blended and simmered to kill bacteria). I let it naturally clarify which takes a bit longer but next time I will use bentonite to help speed it up a bit (couldnt wait to drink it was good). I don't like sweet mead and kept with it dry by only adding 1 lb of berries per gallon, some meads add multiple lbs. If you want to try making mead I would recommend this kit.
November 10, 2015
Delicious before it's even in the bottles.
Made this almost 2 months ago. It's not in bottles yet, but just tasted some as we transferred to get it off the yeast. It is some delicious stuff. My math has it at 11.8% ABV, but the honey character comes through much more than the alcohol. It fermented out to 0.998; but doesn't taste quite as dry as that gravity would have you believe. So easy to make too; after extract and then All-grain beer brewing, this felt like I was somehow cheating or missing something. Like the beer kits; the quality of your end product will benefit from solid temperature control during fermentation. A fact barely mentioned in the instructions.I'm only pulling a star because I think they should offer a summertime dry yeast alternative; CBC-1 perhaps.
July 18, 2015
This is the most delicious drink on the planet!
I am five months into this batch and I do not know how much longer it will last. I find myself during the day craving this drink. It is very subtle, a bit of a bite and great when it is chilled and carbonated. It is really good as a champagne.Throw your regard to the wind and give it a go. I ordered two more batches of this goodness so that I can ferment it and then keg it and then drink it after my deployment. Come January, I'm a be rocking this mead!
March 31, 2012
Best Mead ever
I was dubious at first. I measured the bucket wrong and ended up adding an extra gallon of water which ended up bringing the alcohol down quite a bit.I am five months into this mead and am drinking it regularly. I find myself during the day craving the dry crispness of this wonderful drink.I have ordered two more kits of this so that I can ferment it and then keg it and let it sit for the six months of my deployment. Come January, I'm a rocking some mead, baby!Throw your reservations away, and make some!
March 31, 2012
Very dry, nice at room temp
This mead is extremely dry, strong alcohol bite. Chilled it is almost tasteless, I prefer it at room temperature where you get a bit of the honey aroma.
March 24, 2011
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My 5 gallon batch is 10 days into the primary fermentation and still relatively active. Air lock continues to bubble every 6-8 seconds. This is my first mead project and I have not seen this in beer batches. Primary fermentation is listed as 14 days. Can this be extended based upon air lock activity?
A shopper on Aug 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I've done 9 different meads and I have always planned for a 90 day fermentation. I let this one go a few days longer before bottling but I could have bottled after 28 days. It finished out at .995 FG with an ABV of 11.2%.
If I don't have a soda keg for carbonating the mead, how do I go about it?
P F on Nov 19, 2015

If you want to carbonate in bottles

then you'll want to add some priming sugar at bottling

in order to "prime" the yeast. It gives the yeast a little bit more sugar to eat

which allows them to produce more co2. Here's our handy pitching rate calculator:



volumes is a pretty standard carbonation level for most beers

but champagne is more like

volumes. So just choose your desired volume of co2

your mead's temp

and the volume of your mead in gallons. The calculator will give you the proper amounts for various kinds of sugar.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you need more info.

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