How to Make Your Own Mead

By | January 28, 2020

>>I’ve never had mead.>>What, wait, really?
>>Really?>>I have never. Actually, I take that back. I’ve had honey and
theoretically if I’ve had yeast and I’ve had water. So, in theory, I’ve had
all the building blocks of,>>Yeah all the parts ready, you just let them sit together long enough to make anything happen.>>And that existed for
two weeks to three months.>>You sound like Dr. Manhattan. [laughing]>>Manhattan’s very different.>>Oh, that’s a different thing? [laughing]>>Suddenly there’s three
of me and I’m all naked, I’m like, “What’s going on, bro?”>>Brian’s naked and blue, like, “I have consumed all of
the base properties of mead.” [laughing] [soft music]>>ROBOT VOICE: Making Mead.>>Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m happy to see Anthony Buonomo
without any weapons.>>I’m pretty excited that maybe we’re not going to have to fight, but today you are teaching us about mead.>>I feel like we will
fight because it’s mead. I feel like mead guarantees
that fisticuffsmanship will ensue.>>That’ll be the after show.>>That’s right.>>Yeah, Anthony says,
“Well, I did lace these with PCP. “So…”
[laughter]>>So, we’re going to actually make mead, which I guess is
synonymous with honey wine?>>Yeah, basically roughly the same thing. There’s a bunch of
different varieties of mead depending on what you put in it. Mead in it’s most simple form
is just honey, water, yeast and just let it sit in a dark
corner for a couple weeks.>>And as we learned
during the pruno episode, I guess really it’s just time plus yeast, takes in sugar, poops out alcohol, and in the case of the pruno, the sugars came from the fruit juice. But in this case I guess, honey, I assume has more sugar in it?
Question mark.>>Yes, honey is actually
really interesting. It’s, I want to say 80 plus percent sugars. Which actually makes it something that’s entirely shelf stable. It’ll last forever. It might crystallize. And if it does you just
put it in hot water. It’ll dissolve back out into solution.>>Yeah there were stories
like there’s honey surviving all the way from ancient Egypt–>>Wow!
>>Like 2,000 or 3,000 years ago.
>>Yeah, yeah.>>Or some stuff.
>>Honey does not go bad. That high sugar content
that makes it that way. So you actually need
to add the water to it so the bacteria and yeast will survive cause otherwise it’s
just, nothing happens.>>Now the AVB percentage on mead ranges anywhere from like 3.5 to like 20.>>20 percent?>>Yeah.
>>Holy cow!>>It’s all entirely on how
much initial honey there is in the solution to begin with which of course is your
initial starting sugars. And the alcohol content of the yeast.>>Now there are a lot of
different types of mead. These were made all around the world. So it’s not just something
that’s medieval England.>>Oh yeah.
>>This is really all over the globe.>>It’s much longer and they even theorize that it’s one of the first
fermented beverages there are just because it is so simple and happened accidentally out in the fields. Like, you accidentally leave some honey or throw some honey in your water barrel or whatever and it kind
of ferments naturally because there’s natural yeast
that will ferment for you.>>I just really wish
that I had a time machine where I could go back
to the discovery of mead and be like, “Why are you acting so weird?” “I don’t know, I feel really good. “I had some of that honey that
was in that barrel over there.” “That’s been there for like
three years.” “It’s great you got to try it.”
[Brian laughing]>>So when it comes to making beer I know that it’s very easy to screw up. We did some home brewing with some of the scam
stuff, home brew kits. And it is astonishing how
precise everything has to be. Is mead similar in that regard?>>Is there some wiggle room?
>>A little more loosey goosey.>>Mead as you’ll see mead
is a lot more loosey goosey. If you’re looking for a specific result you’re going to need that more precise balancing everything out. How we’re just kind of
winging something together for the first time or you don’t really care as much about reproducing the same
thing over and over again. You can kind of just
throw things in a bucket and see what happens.>>So if we’re going to rank
making mead on a difficulty level compared, you know, you got beer and wine and all that other stuff. Mead is the easiest would you say or?>>To my knowledge I’ve
never played with wine but looking at wine kits there’s a lot more involved
in them, different thing to it like you can literally run
down to the grocery store buy a gallon of water,
couple pounds of honey and even in a pinch bread yeast and get passable mead out of it.>>Now you’ve brought two
different methods to teach us.>>Yes.>>There’s a really, really simple one. And then there’s something
to do a little bit better.>>ANTHONY: Right.>>Okay we’re going to try both though.>>Yep, absolutely.
>>All right, let’s get started.>>I thought you said
this shit was simple.>>Correct, yes.>>This is potassium
sorbate wine stabilizer.>>And this is clearly made to
get like hair out of a drain.>>Potassium meta bisulphate. This is not looking simple.>>Right, right this is mine.>>Okay.
>>Oh I see, I’m banished here. I’m going to go to the children’s table.>>This is you guys.>>Okay.
>>Okay.>>All right. It comes down to being able
to measure more precisely and more importantly sanitation. All this stuff.>>Yeah we don’t give
a [electronic beeping] about sanitation.
>>ANTHONY: Yeah, these there’s no contaminants. It’s sealed, it’s clean. You know what you’re getting into you know what you’re getting out of it. This is not clean, this has
been out and used repeatedly so I’ll need to sanitize
it with some of this. I’m going to be doing some very proper oral pipetting, oral siphoning.>>It sounds sexy.>>Yeah, right.>>I’m in.
>>Just like siphoning gasoline.>>Now is that before or
after we make the mead?>>A little com A, a little com B.>>Right on.>>So lot of this is cleaning stuff. These chemicals are later on
are used to stabilize the mead so it won’t ferment anymore. So once you get it down to a point where you don’t want
anymore sugar burned off.>>Oh got it otherwise
the yeast doesn’t know that it’s quitting time.>>Yeah.
>>The yeast are just, they’re just going to keep on eating.>>Right, they’ll keep on eating. At some point they will hit a saturation where they’re at the alcohol solution, their own [electronic beeping] basically will make them die off and
stop producing anymore. But as soon as you kick
them around a little bit.>>Wait, you would want to stop that before they eat up all the sugar because you want the sweetness
that comes in originally. Hey, look at this, we’re
learning, we’re learning.>>Right, so there are
two ways of doing it. So you can over sweeten to
begin with and keep an eye on it or just kind of caution to
the wind and see what happens and stop at a certain point.>>That one.>>Yeah, that one. And at that point you kind of measure it with the specific gravity or
how sweet it is, how it tastes and then you put the
stabilizer to stop it. So one will stop them
producing more yeast. The other will stop them
from turning alcohol into,>>I have questions but,>>Pretty sure he said specific gravity.>>Okay, the fundamentals are we just need something for the yeast to eat. In this case the sugar in the honey.>>Right.>>A place for the yeast to swim and turn into the delicious mead. And what kind of yeast are we using?>>This here?>>That there.>>Austin has a really
nice home brew store that costs all of a dollar.>>Ooh, nice.>>What is this exactly?>>Wine yeast.>>Wine yeast.
>>Oh, yeah.>>Specifically wine yeast.
>>Yeah. And that’s a personal preference. I like the taste this one makes more than some other yeasts I’ve tried.>>Lots of different types you can get?>>Dozens, dozens, dozens.
>>Okay.>>So right now we’re
doing really, really basic. We’re just doing a simple
mead adding your fruits, adding your spices. It’ll make your melomels or you add–>>See, he’s doing it again.>>With funny words, right?>>Yeah, what is melomels?>>It just means it’s a
fancy word for fruit mead.>>Oh, for flavors.>>I thought those were
the little candies you get.>>[laughs] Those are Mike and Ikes.>>Mike and Ikes.
[Brian laughing]>>Different.
>>That’s a version we do.>>You can probably flavor
it with a Mike and Ike. I don’t what’ll happen.>>Put Hot Tamales in there.>>There is no limit to any of this that’s why it’s so fun and interesting.>>I want some Gobstopper mead.>>[laughs] And Nerds [laughs].>>Yes.>>JASON: It’s sugar.
>>It’s extra sugar.>>It’ll work, all right.>>All right, so we got
they three ingredients, the yeast, the sugar and the water. Should we get like a bucket? Let’s get the Pruno bucket.>>You want the Pruno bucket?>>Yeah!>>I was going to let you guys mix in this and we’re going to keep
everything clean and sanitized. You don’t have to do anything else.>>Oh, mix in this. That would be better.>>That was good.
>>That’s be better.>>That’s good.
>>Way easier, no sanitation.>>Yeah, okay, all right.>>So one of the first
things we need to do is sanitize the equipment cause I’m going to actually use some of that water to make my own.>>Okay.>>So the current goal is
we’re going to dump out about half of each of
these buckets into mine which gives both of us working
space to dilute the honey. We’ll mix everything
up, then add the yeast and top it back off. And you’re not sanitizing for safety you’re sanitizing for a
consistency of flavor profile because you don’t want funky whatever bacteria’s coming in?>>Yes. Correct.
>>Okay.>>So it’s somewhere between safety. Like so if you do this wrong you’ll wind up with
really expensive vinegar.>>Oh wow, okay.>>So you need the right
yeast to go in there and control everything.>>And what is this
stuff that you’re doing?>>So this is Star San. It’s a very standard, generic sanitizer used in any of the home brew stuff.>>BRIAN: Okay.
>>It’s colored suspiciously like some versions of mead.>>Right.>>So, just make sure he doesn’t–
>>You can try some. I think it’s–
>>Just make sure he doesn’t.>>I think it’s mostly safe.
[Brian laughing]>>Drink it, I’ll drink
anything that looks like mead.>>So simple directions are you can use an ounce to
sanitize five gallons. This is like in the two gallon realm. So I’m going to use like
quarter ounce if that. Swirl at the bottom. Sanitize this, sanitize my tube. Sanitize my specific gravity meter which we’ll talk about. And the other equipment as well.>>Yeah the specific gravity
meter if I remember correctly you take a measurement at the beginning and then a measurement at the end and the difference is what
tells you what the alcohol–>>Right, how much sugar
has disappeared, absolutely. Dump some of that in. Add some water.>>BRIAN: So you’re just
washing everything out.>>Yeah. Lots a bubbles now.>>Yep.
>>So I’m just going to add anything I want sanitized which is pretty much everything cause it’s not going to hurt anything.>>JASON: Oh and you’re just going to.>>Going to dump everything–>>Immerse it in there.
>>Shake it up a little bit. I know you guys are all about your proper methods of everything.>>We’re all set on our side. I don’t know why you’re taking so long.
>>Yeah, I know.>>I mean, look at all this
science that’s happened.>>Right.
>>In the past.>>Just using the bottle
brush here to clean out anything that may have developed.>>What is this guy right here?>>That’s later.>>Oh.
>>That’s later.>>You want to wager some guesses?>>Yeah this is a–>>Hygrometer.>>This feels like it’s
something to grab a thing. Oh I bet that’s what–
>>Yeah.>>Go down and then it, I don’t know, hook, no. No.
>>No.>>I’m going to give it a quick sanitize.>>Whatever it is, it’s got to be clean.>>It’s got to be clean.>>Right, everything should be clean.>>I’m at a loss, I
don’t know what this is.>>Just going to dump this all out,>>Okay.>>So do you have to
worry about the residue of this stuff on there, I assume it’s all sterile.>>Um, so not necessarily all sterile, it actually is good for the mead to sit in there with it. So it actually helps
create a protective layer, so one of the big important things after we get the fermentation started, you want oxygen mixing in,
>>Mhm.>>So this leaves a nice
layer of non-oxygen between and covers everything. And what it does, the
bubbles do fully break down actually help feed the yeast nutrients.>>So that’s a very
specific sterilizing agent, you’re not going to want to use Windex. [laughter]>>Or scrubbing bubbles.
>>Yeah, yeah.>>This episode’s going
to go off the rails when we realize he’s making poison. [laughter]>>But that was the big reveal.>>Yeah, fabuloso has got just the right mix of hydorchloride
>>Fabuloso!>>Each of you pick a gallon, open it up and dump about
half into my bucket.>>But we’re going to use
the rest for our thing?>>Yes.>>All right.>>ANTHONY: What are you, racing?>>Yeah. [laughter]>>ANTHONY: Only half, don’t over pour.>>That’s about it.
>>Nailed it.>>Perfect, perfect for
our level of precision. So, all the mead I make
is with Round Rock Honey, local honey, local flowers, I really like the flavors of it. They also have a new brand
that I want to try out. So I’m going to have one of you play with this one.>>BRIAN: Good bees.>>Oh, do we have like, a
tasting stick or something?>>A tasting stick?>>ANTHONY: A popsicle stick, I know.>>Those are cooperation you
think we run around here.>>I believe those are called spoons.>>We’ve got a tasting stick.>>ANTHONY: It’s something. [laughter]>>Somewhere.>>There we go.>>Perfect. [laughter]>>Stick the finger in.>>Oh, the poor child’s hands!>>It’s not a child, it’s CHI-ILD.>>So, I want you guys to
try the difference between the two different types of honey.>>Okay.
>>All of a sudden I’m uncomfortable.>>Use the tasting stick. [laughter]>>It’s like, been, Jesus Christ, okay.>>Oh, it’s gift gold. [laughter]>>Hold on, don’t get it everywhere. [laughter]>>Okay, to compare,
use the tasting stick. [laughter]>>That’s good honey,>>That’s good internet>>Hang on, I want to
get, I guess I got to, [laughter]>>That’s good.>>Can you describe how that tasted?>>It tasted like honey. It was good, it was kind of, earthy? Really sweet. Yeah, it was honey.>>All right, now use the
tasting stick for this Round Rock Honey. [laughter]>>Mm, okay, yeah. This is actually sweeter, and this one kind of has
an earthier flavor to it. They’re both good, I prefer this one. But yeah, this one is
like a boutique version?>>Actually, so they’ve got
a bee farm in Argentina.>>Oh wow!>>Oh wow.>>So it’s completely
different flavor profile.>>Yeah.
>>So from the other side of the world, yeah.>>No there is a distinct
difference between the two.>>So yeah, so the different meads,>>Mhm.>>Are going to be
completely different as well, with no other changes. Everything else will be the same, it will be the same yeast,
the same everything, just different honeys, and have completely different, [laughter]>>What? I’m going to put the tasting
stick right over here. [laughter] So these two different
honeys are going to give us a different flavor profile in the mead, as well.
>>Yes, completely different. So, one of you takes the
three, one pounds of those, put it in that one, and we’ll measure out
three pounds of honey into the other ones.>>Oh, these are each one pound
>>Yes.>>Okay, got it.
>>Those are each one pound.>>So I’m going to use all three of these,
>>Oh, 16 ounces.>>In this one, and Brian is going to do,>>Yup.
>>Okay, gotcha.>>So, am I just eyeballing this one, or?>>Nice scale.
>>Oh yeah, of course!>>Keep it very, yeah
drop it on there first.>>Do I need to sample all of the bottles, with I’ve got the– [laughter]>>You’re welcome to.>>Okay.>>ANTHONY: So you’re
going to use a quarter of that since a gallon
of honey is 12 pounds.>>Blurp, blurp.>>So don’t worry too much
about getting all of it cause we’re actually going
to mix some water into it>>Okay.
>>And shake it, to get the dregs out.>>So you think, this is,>>That’s probably good enough.>>Oh just, good for now.
>>Yeah.>>JASON: One pound, four ounces.>>ANTHONY: He’s getting
all the honey out, and one is pain.
>>One pound, six ounces.>>Well, you can put some
water in, shake it up, get the rest out that way.>>One pound, ten ounces.>>So we’re putting three pounds of honey right in half a gallon of water.>>Well it’s going to build
back to the full gallon.>>Six [screams] I did it! Ah I messed it up!>>ANTHONY: Oh god!>>I almost got one extra ounce.>>Is that a problem?>>No.
>>Oh, okay.>>ANTHONY: So I’m going
to add a gallon and a half, so I’m going to hand wave
to about 5 pounds of honey. If you’re inclined, there
are mead calculators online.>>BRIAN: Oh, it gives you exact ratios.>>Yeah, so you can plug in okay, my final volume is going
to be a gallon of mead, I want to use this much honey, it’ll give you an estimated
alcohol percentage, like, you can do this all very very, scientifically and
accurately and get exactly what kind of sweetness and
desire you’re looking for.>>BRIAN: So the fourth
ingredient I guess is time, is mead substantially different in term of the time it takes to ferment?>>So it depends on which
we’re comparing against, like your beers it’s going
to be same fermentation time, depending on how you treat it, how warm the environment is, again, the yeast itself will
determine fermentation rate.>>Mhm.>>But you’re generally
looking at one to two weeks up to as long as four if you wanted to, but after that, it pretty
much is done and it stops, that’s when you add your stabilizers in.>>That’s probably enough.>>And just cap it and shake it.>>Yeah.>>Yeah.>>JASON: You could
just, take the lid off.>>That’s what you could do. Merp, merp, merp. I have diarrhea. [laughing]>>Most appetizing mead ever. [laughing]>>With the anthropomorphic
honey bottle telling everyone. Sorry everyone I have diarrhea.>>Looking pretty good, not going to lie.>>ANTHONY: Right, it’s perfect.>>So that’s wild.>>Like, look at that perfect
layer between the two.>>ANTHONY: Right, that’s
because we shook his up.>>Can you hand me the wood drill?
>>It’s like one of those executive knickknacks.
>>Under the table there.>>JASON: The drill?
>>Yup.>>Drill?>>You guys don’t need it don’t worry. The benefit of doing things the fancy way.>>Oh we haven’t put
the yeast in here yet.>>Correct. So were not going to add the
yeast until we aerate the must. So the mixture of honey
and water is a must.>>I know what it is. On Hacking the System,>>Yeah,>>when we bleached the papers,>>Yeah,>>And mixed them up, and I kept spraying bleach all over you,>>Yeah,>>That’s what were doing here, that’s what the attachment was for.>>Got it, okay, got it.>>That’s what I’m doing,
you guys get to shake it.>>Oh that’s what that thing was for. That’s brilliant.>>So you guys can shake
that for a long time.>>JASON: Shake it?>>Shake it.
>>Okay.>>We’ll race.>>All right.>>Back to back [laughing]>>Hot shaking action.>>Oh.>>Yeah.
>>Oh.>>Yeah.>>Oh.>>We’re going to be on
the sexy mead calendar.>>You need to shake harder than that. [whirring noise]>>What, what, what? [laughing]>>Whoa!>>Oh!>>Is this going to turn into cocktail? [laughing]>>JASON: For goodness sakes.>>>ALL: Aruba, Jamaica,>>BRIAN: Not cocobo! You son of a–>>So now that we have
the must properly aerated, we take our hydrometer to take
the specific gravity rating. Again, specific gravity just tells you how much sugar there is in
solution in the mixture.>>It basically is an indication of, how much water to other
stuff ratio there is.>>Right, absolutely.
>>Got it.>>Because there’s only honey and sugar, and the sugar will give
us a reading for this. And the specific gravity
based on what it floats to, its going to tell us how
much potential alcohol there is in the mixture, and we can add more, less water to get the
balance we’re looking for.>>So you can forecast
exactly how much ABV you want your drink to have,
rather than a rough guess, you can actually determine it.>>Yup, yup absolutely. So each yeast has a
specific alcohol tolerance, so say, and these don’t have it, but say these had enough for
17 percent alcohol in it, this yeast only goes
up to about 14 percent.>>At which point, it all
dies, choking on its own poo.>>And realistically, and
again, anything natural, you’re not going to have an accurate 100 percent reading for it. So it may stop at 12, it
may go up to 15 or 16,>>Got it.
>>But that’s when you use the stabilizer to stop it early. The more traditional way
that people tend to do, build this to only 10 percent, stop it, stabilize everything, in what
they call back sweetening, so back sweetening is when
once its done fermenting, and you stabilize everything, then you add more honey
or other sugars to–>>Flavor the taste.>>Yes, that’s when you add
your cherries, strawberries, fruits or whatever you want afterwords.>>Got it.>>That gives it a much more controlled method of doing everything. That’s sweetening in the secondary or back sweetening in secondary, so.>>Cool, so is there any
sweetening is that you do upfront, as far as putting the fruits in before,>>So you can sweeten in primary, which would be adding any
kind of things right now,>>Mhm.>>There are trade offs there, are again, you never know which sugars
are being eaten at this point. Cause if I have fructose in my fruit, and then the honey and
sweeteners from that, it can go from either or, and certain yeast will eat certain sugars, and other things like that. And so it gets really artistic, if you want to do it that way, or hand waving if you prefer that method, or you can stick to very, traditional, I’m going to do It this way,
this what worked last time, and repeat the process every time.>>So how do we measure
the specific gravity.>>Do you want to do
the honors of siphoning?>>Yeah, I’ll siphon. [laughing]>>I guess I just get this started.>>Yep, and you don’t need much, you honestly if you cap it off,>>And then now, I just fill this up,>>And you’re going to wrap, stop stop, you don’t need much at all.>>Okay. Hey, look, a did a thing!>>That was a lot easier then when we tried to siphon gasoline.>>We all have our own ways. Rough estimate, so we can
see, it kind of float there,>>BRIAN: Okay, so what is
this telling us right now?>>ANTHONY: Okay, there are a
couple different sides to it. So you can see right here,
the specific gravity reading is right around 1.136 1.14. And on the side right next to it, it has a potential alcohol content.>>BRIAN: That’s the estimated
>>JASON: Oh!>>BRIAN: Got it.
>>ANTHONY: Right.>>JASON: It’s right there on it!>>Yup, so generally
you’ll record this number, and the difference between
the number gives that because this is a potential
alcohol not actual alcohol.>>Sure.>>So right now, the potential
alcohol its reading as, how much?>>ANTHONY: It’s right around 18 percent.>>If you have the yeast
that’s got the stuff to make it all the way to 18 percent.>>Yeah, If you had
like a champagne yeast, you could use a champagne yeast which gets really really dry, so it can hit that 18 to 20
percent really consistently. This is going to stop
around 14 mos likely. So that’s going to leave
us at four percent, and then you’d have
residual sugars of 1.030, and if you look at that 4
percent, 30, right there, that’s like, and I know
from just doing this, that 1.030 is a really really sweet wine, like desert wine, if not slightly sweeter.>>Oh wow.
>>Okay.>>That’s way sweeter
than I want this to be, so I’m going to add a
bit more water to this.>>So the number you’re
trying to hit is how much?>>1.120.>>Could I drop this hydrometer just right in our mixtures to see?>>ANTHONY: Yeah.
>>BRIAN: Or do we need to put it in the tube.>>ANTHONY: Yeah, you definitely can, you can probably get it
back out, like this one, this bucket here, I don’t do that but this bucket as you
can see is a bit short.>>Oh got it, got it, got it.>>ANTHONY: So I can do it for mine.>>BRIAN: Whereas this is, okay.>>ANTHONY: So with yours,
you guys can definitely just drop them in there, and you’re going to have a lot of issues, because of the bubbles.>>Oh, got it.>>JASON: Oh, yeah.>>So you’re about 1.13, both of yours I’d just bring back up to that fill line.>>Okay, with water, add more water.>>Yeah, once were at the end of that,>>Okay.>>But you’re, yeah definitely just to check out what
the differences are, and they should be the same, his will be a little bit lower, because he has a bit more water in it.>>Yeah.>>1.12?>>Yeah I’d put it around 1.12.>>Okay.>>Something like that.>>JASON: So that would be–>>ANTHONY: So I’d stop right about here just so we can add the
yeast and shake it up more.>>BRIAN: So you think
that’s good, just 1.12?>>Yeah, I mean you can top
it off more if you want, entirely up to you, this is your–>>My batch.>>Your baby.>>Okay, put a little
bit more water in there.>>If you want really sweet water, you’re welcome to try some of that.>>No [laughter]>>Just make sure he doesn’t, drink it.>>He’ll drink anything
that looks like mead.>>Oh that is very sweet.>>Yeah. All right, so give them a
little bit of a shake just to mix everything back up one more time,>>All right, were getting
ready to add the yeast.>>Yup. One of these is good for 5 gallons.>>So well want to share,>>Use about half, yeah.>>Okay.>>ANTHONY: I’m going to use
about of one of my own as well, just to make sure.>>So theoretically we could
pour this entire thing in there, and all it would do is what, increase the rate that it would ferment?>>ANTHONY: Yup.>>BRIAN: Okay. So that’s about half of it. Here you go sir. So do we shake it up or
just leave it right on top?>>Shake it a little bit more.>>I don’t know if you gave me,>>Oh did I,
>>Did he, short change you?>>I think you used quite a bit.>>Did he short change you?>>Yeah.>>I did.
>>Yeah.>>I assumed so.>>Yeah, I think so, a little bit anyway.>>And realize, there’s hardly
any left, Brian just goes,>>ANTHONY: That’s half.>>Yeah. [laughter]>>And worth noting, different yeasts, have different ways of starting, some want to be started up separately, so you dump the yeast in
a bowl, warm our water, let it sit in that, let it run from there.>>That was the big criticism we got from the Pruno episode is that we didn’t activate the yeast.>>Yeah.
>>When we used the bakers yeast.
>>Right.>>Whereas the brewers yeast, worked just fine the
moment we threw it in.>>Yeah, yeah different yeast have different ways of doing it.>>Yeah that was the big
complaint we got on Pruno. [laughter]>>Okay now shake it?>>Yup, just a little bit,
just to get it mixed back in.>>Next thing we’re going to worry about is creating some kind of one-way valve, and you’ve got an actual stopper–>>I’ve got a stopper.>>That will let the CO2 come out.>>Another thing, we’re going to give you guys some yeast nutrients.>>BRIAN: Oh!>>ANTHONY: In the way of raisins.>>BRIAN: Oh right on.>>So take a handful of raisins, this is just enough
residual sugars in there just to help make sure the
yeast has stuff going on, and doesn’t struggle. Starting off for you guys we have a very very fancy airlock system.>>Yeah.>>Some balloons. Poke some holes in it,
with this handy little pin,>>Do you poke first, and then?>>Yeah, poke some holes in it.>>Okay.>>And then wrap it over the top. And this is your really simple airlock.>>So this is not a perfect seal, but it assuming that
there’s CO2 coming up, this thing inflates, and it leaks out.>>Yup, absolutely.>>What temperature does
the yeast like to chew on?>>In the 65 to 70 range.>>Oh, well that’s perfect.>>So my airlock is
slightly more standard. It’s a two part system here. Fill it up with water,
it’ll float to the middle, bob up, and then when air
comes up, the bob comes up, and you see the holes
in the bottle of that.>>We used one of those
on Pruno, did we not?>>Yeah, correct.>>Okay.
>>Okay. And just like that as you
can see as I push down, this pops up and releases.>>JASON: Perfect.>>Not both of these methods
take, a couple of months, you say, or two weeks,>>So fermentation should
be done in about two weeks.>>Oh.>>However, you can
drink it at that point, it’s not going to be very good. Mead is one of those
things, it’s a challenge. I saw that. [laughter]>>But I want to drink
it, it’s got the booze!>>You’re not going to tell
me not to drink my mead!>>Yeah, right?>>I describe it as young, it’s got this really strong
alcohol taste to it still, it’s not going to be very smooth, it’s not going to be very good. The longer you let it sit and mellow out, the better it’s going to be.>>So there’s no more
fermentation going on,>>Right, there’s no more fermentation.>>But there’s, like, flavor coloring.>>Sure.
>>Right. And it’ll smooth out
that strong alcohol taste will slowly disappear over time.>>JASON: Okay.>>Does it matter, whether or
not light is shining on it? Would light have a sterilizing effect would it better to put it in a dark area?>>It is better off in a dark area.>>Okay.>>Cool and dark spaces is generally the–>>Cool, so this is why
your equipment is better because you’ve got opaque
structures on there to protect it, whereas this will, the light
>>ANTHONY: I mean,>>will cause trouble.
>>You can wrap that with a towel. So you want to check on them, make sure everything is
looking good, looking fine, with a setup like this, you’re looking for some
sort of bubbling action, your guys, you just got to
make sure the balloons inflate. It’ll be that position permanently.>>JASON: Okay.>>Of just–>>Of just the CO2 always–
>>As it bubbles out.>>Let’s just, set them down here.>>One of the other important things you guys don’t need to do with that, that I’ll be doing with this one after a couple of weeks
is called racking it. Once the yeast is done fermenting, get it off the mead itself. All of a sudden its going
to settle at the bottom, cause the yeast is going to die, it’s going to fall off, things like that. So you want to get it out of this container and
into a different one. So you can do it with a siphon, with those you kind of just wing it, and dump it into something else, another gallon jug,
and let it age in that.>>After a couple of weeks.>>Yeah, so when it’s done fermenting, you know, that two to four week time span,>>Oh, when the balloon
isn’t inflating anymore.>>But yours is always
going to be inflated, there’s always going to be
a little bit of off gassing, but it’s going to stop off significantly.>>From about three weeks from now, when we decide we’re done.>>Yeah.>>And can you just, you
could just, taste that, if its right?>>Yeah, it’ll be how sweet you want it, how alcohol tastes to you, you don’t really need all
the fancy things involved.>>For what we made, what’s the prime window
for us to drink from it?>>The longer you let it
sit after you rack it, the better it’s going to taste. The longer you let it sit, the
smoother it’s going to taste, the alcohol flavor is going to go away. My personal minimum is about 2 months, before people start
drinking it and trying it, like I’ll try it beforehand,
to make sure it’s going where I want it to, but
I’m not going to like, try this, to people who don’t
know what they’re doing, before that two or three
month window has passed, just because its just
going to taste a lot like, that alcohol jet fuel, kind of flavor to it until that alcohol flavor made sure it’s away.>>So in the meantime
do we have a preview, of what it’s going to taste like?>>Yeah, I’ve got a bunch of
things for you to try out.>>Let’s go.>>Okay!
>>Let’s go grab some of that.>>Start off with a fairly dry mead, that’s been back sweetened with cherry.>>So dry means, you’ve let the yeast pretty much eat all the sugars, then you’ve sweetened it after the fact, giving it a flavor color profile right?>>Yup.>>Got it.
>>Absolutely.>>How would you sweeten it with cherry? Did you put actual cherries in there?>>Yup.
>>JASON: Oh okay.>>I took way too long
and way too many cherries, and cut them in half, and pitted them.>>Awe. He named each one.>>I did!>>He writes them letters, sings to them at night.>>Dear Edgar, you are delicious.>>So I traditionally don’t
like super sweet fruity stuff, so give me just a little bit of this.>>ANTHONY: Oh this is dry. You’ll probably enjoy that more.>>I assume it’s the same rules as we’ve learnt from the Beeress, where you want to appreciate the color, look at the cloudiness,>>Yup.>>Oh, sure!>>Smell the aromatics,
oh this does have a dry, almost wine-like.>>ANTHONY: Yeah.
>>Oh wow, but you can–>>Nose.>>Definitely smell the alcohol in there.>>Do you know what the ABV on this is?>>Offhand no, I think it’s sitting at least 12 percent though.>>Okay.>>Wow, that is way more dry, I thought it was going to
be so sweet, and it’s not! Oh, I like this a lot more
than I thought I would.>>I’ve never had a mead like this.>>It’s like a very dry red wine.>>Until today it didn’t occur to me, that you could have meads that weren’t the clear kind of golden, almost syrupy type of drink. And this is a dramatic
departure and is really good, and you just, made this!>>Yeah!
>>That’s fascinating.>>And so I assume that
there’s experimentation over a lot of time.>>Yes.>>In my imagination, you would make a whole bunch of these at the same time, changing little things all at once, and so as long as everything is labeled, you can understand, oh this is going to give it
a drier profile and so on.>>Right, like I said, there’s
plenty of information online about different yeasts where
their alcohol tolerance is, how they react, how they do things,>>That’s great.>>Yeah, so.>>I like that quite a bit.>>Next one is a way more traditional, definitely that sweeter side of things, it is just straight honey
on the first batch of it. But I’ve actually got different
additions to this one, in these two gallons.>>Okay, so all three of these are essentially the same formula, these are just back sweetened differently.>>ANTHONY: Right,
well, they’re sweetened, they’re just flavored differently.>>BRIAN: Got it.
>>JASON: Oh, okay.>>ANTHONY: So they’ve got
different flavors in there.>>One of them is chorizo. [laughs]>>Chorizo?>>It’s migas flavored.>>Migas flavored mead.>>Yeah, everyone needs
a breakfast mead, right?>>Yeah, breakfast mead.>>So this is,>>Oh yeah.
>>See that looks like mead. To me.>>This is unintentionally way sweeter.>>So the nose on this one,
a sour tang to the nose.>>Oh yeah, yeah,>>But you can tell,>>Man I don’t know, I don’t
know what I’m experiencing.>>Look at how syrupy it is though. Like you could tell.>>Sticks to the sides.
>>Yeah.>>Oh that’s sweet! That’s just like, we had that honey water. I can’t even detect the alcohol in there. This seems like this would fuck you up.>>Yeah, yeah that one tastes like it’s got a lot more alcohol,
I don’t know that it does.>>Probably doesn’t.>>I mean that one had
kind of a bite to it. And this one is just ambrosia. But it’s too sweet for you.>>You say ambrosia, I say danger. [laughter]>>Yeah see this is
what I’m more accustomed to carrying around the
Renaissance festival, right.>>Dangerous.>>These are the same
thing that we just drank.>>Same exact thing, they’ve been sitting on
spices for at least a month, probably a bit longer.>>Okay.
>>I’ve not even tried these yet.>>Oh wow.
>>Oh wow, okay.>>ANTHONY: So, this
is with mulling spices.>>BRIAN: What are mulling spices?>>Kind of when you have hot apple cider.>>Okay.
>>Yeah. It’s a big box at like, H-E-B, that says mulling spices on it.>>Got it.
>>It’s got cloves, and cinnamon,>>And all spice, and things like that.>>Do you ever drink mead warm?>>Yes.>>I read how it’s pretty
common to put mulling spices in there and mull the mead, like you do a cider.>>Oh, man it smells
like Christmas in here!>>Oh, wow.>>That’s amazing.>>Yeah, this is like, liquid Christmas.>>That pungent aroma,
sort of is like a warning, that other one, the straight honey, I feel like I might go too fast. This one feels like it’s
going to slow me down.>>You need to sip it.>>Yeah.>>Still sweet. Boy I like that spice a lot.>>It’s got a bite.>>That gives it a much
more interesting profile.>>It’s not an alcohol, but it is a bite.>>Yeah. Oh that’s great.>>What’s your favorite so far?>>To my surprise, the cherry dry.>>Yeah, me too. I think mostly because
that one was unexpected.>>Mhm.>>So, this next one, is essentially the same thing as the base that we drank here, just like the other one but instead of mulling spices we have,>>ANTHONY: Sarsaparilla.>>Brian And Jason: Sarsaparilla!>>Sioux city sarsaparilla!
>>Sioux city sarsaparilla. That’s a good one. [laughing]>>What’s happening down here?>>ANTHONY: Oh, that’s the sarsaparilla.>>Oh, Jesus.>>And cheesecloth.>>BRIAN: Oh, got it. It does look like it’s alive! It looks like its in
formaldehyde or something. [laughter]>>This is some sort of bio experiment.>>Yeah, absolutely.>>It turns and looks at you.>>It like, knocks on the glass. [laughter]>>It says, my family, do they live?>>Open your mind. [laughter] drink of me and know eternity.>>Its that scene from Poltergeist
2 when he drinks the worm>>Oh, the tequila worm? The Geiger thing comes out, the Geiger.>>So what is sarsaparilla?>>A root, it’s akin to root beer, you can use it to make root beer flavor.>>Oh, that’s wild.
>>Oh that’s what I’m smelling.>>Somewhere between
root beer and cream soda.>>That’s wild.>>Mixed with some
anise and clove I think.>>Yeah.>>It looks just like the other one.>>Man, that’s fantastic.>>Oh wow, dramatically
different from the last one. Much more subtle.>>The other one just came
on screaming Christmas, this one whispers, thanksgiving. [laughter]>>Also very good. I like this one a lot. That’s interesting. This is a hobby where you
can easily experiment.>>Oh yeah.>>And just try all sorts of stuff.
>>It’s fairly safe,>>Yeah.>>I mean, outside of the fact that you’re drinking a toxin.
>>Other than it being alcohol.>>[laughter] Yeah, exactly.>>I just assumed that there
were a couple of variants, but there’s really
infinite amounts of mead that you can craft at home.>>Yup.
>>I’m already feeling a little floaty.>>JASON: Oh, you really?
>>It’s good stuff.>>It’ll sneak up on you.
>>It’s strong.>>Just going to,
>>You having a little more?>>We’re going to toast
to this, gentlemen.>>These were all really good.>>Thank you.
>>Here, let’s do it to Anthony, thank you so much
for expanding our horizons and taking us into a brave new world.>>Toasting with an empty glass. [laughter]>>Bad luck man.>>Oh that’s good.>>It’s starting to feel like working out.>>It is!>>ANTHONY: Yeah.
>>I thought this would be the one episode with Anthony, where I wouldn’t sweat. [laughter] Wrong. I kind of wished you’d come in your armor. [laughter]

100 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Mead

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  2. Blake Carnes Post author

    I'm turning 21 in June, I better start making some of this now

  3. Buddy Thunderstruck Post author

    Great presentation! Mead was so prevalent and so important in ancient times that when a couple were to marry, part of the dowry for the marriage would be a month’s supply of mead, this would help to ensure a smooth transition into married life…….we still refer to this “month of honey” as the Honeymoon

  4. Mason Cruz Post author

    I am 13 and i have weed, mead, and lean.

    Im gonna die at 21

  5. vicnedel02 Post author

    When is a good time to take the airlock off and pour the mead into bottles to let it sit?

  6. Dieter Dödel Post author

    It's not real Mead if not a real Scandinavian was involved.

  7. Ulisses Post author

    Try watching in 0.75 speed. By the laughs, you can say they are waaay too drunk.

  8. Lesa Hatley Post author

    Ditch the background music and this would have been a perfect video!

  9. Con McGrath Post author

    Love the attitude and the infectious fun you guys have (new subscriber). One question, has anybody ever distilled mead? (nay, two questions)….What's it like?

  10. Mrmoocows99 Post author

    This video is the one I come to when I want to laugh really fucking hard.

  11. king rosales Post author

    Absolutely no one:

    Brain and Jason: get the pruno bucket

  12. Tyler House Post author

    We brewed very very light rootbeer in my biology class and I completely understand what he means when he said it gets better as it ages. It tasted directly like alcohol (even though the actual alcohol content was less than that of a ripe banana) and two weeks later the alcohol taste had faded a good bit and it got much sweeter

  13. James Barnousky Post author

    I watch this channel about once every six months and every time I come back to see Brian looking like a normal human being and say "Wait, that's the Scam School guy" after about twenty seconds.

  14. Todd Bellows Post author

    Cut the mindless banter and make the video 10 minutes instead of 33 min.

  15. Shattered Eclipse Post author

    I'd be a lot warmer and a lot happier with belly full of that

  16. James Greene Post author

    Could you do this with sour patch kids instead of honey??

  17. Jacob Santana Post author

    This video is the reason I had my first hangover. No regrets

  18. The Noob Survivor Post author

    Did we ever find out how the water jug batches turned out?

  19. Simon opdebeeck Post author

    Anthony is one of those guys where, if he said he was born in the wrong timeperiod, i would believe him. hes also one of those guys who, if he heard anyone saying that, i imagine he would say “no, you dont”, because he knows what it was actually like

  20. jahshta Post author

    The drunk twelve year old laughter gets old almost immediately. I couldn’t make it through the whole vid.

  21. James Idk Post author

    Just budweiser bottles from hannaford like I did when I was 15

  22. 7munkee Post author

    That tasting stick though…He spent entirely too much time with it in his mouth.

  23. Mme. Hyraelle Post author

    I actually made mead and this episode was the seed for it. I bought local urban honey ( it's produced on roof tops in the town ) i had a taste between primary and secondary and it tasted like champagne. Now i'll filter the yeast and sweaten again with more honey before bottling, it could get out as a sparkling mead because i know i can't filter all that yeast, i don't care, it'll be good 🙂

  24. Thane H Post author

    I swear to drunk I'm not talos, GET ANOTHER ROUND OF MEAD FOR THE LADS

  25. Gregory Casamento Post author

    Tasting stick…it really wasn't that funny…. 😉

  26. Steve Motley Post author

    Wish he would of said how to back flavor woould like to know how much and when to add the back flavors like the sas

  27. WingDing Dmetrius Post author

    They don't use sasparillla commercially because it is surprisingly carcinogenic

  28. BTUBALCAIN Post author

    On Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry says to John, "Most men think they're funny". John says "Oh…that's true"

  29. John Webster Post author

    guy in the middle looks like the Swede from Hell on Wheels

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  31. The Atlas Joker Post author

    Where does Brian live to where Argentina is on the other side of the world lol

  32. Metalhead 420 Post author

    Alright boys we need a bucket, some water, some honey, some cherries, and some raspberries

  33. Thomas Gargano Post author

    From my point of making anything, first you have to have someone who knows his trades. Then test out your products.You guys are so lucky 🍀 to be such a good friends,that makes life much better to live.good luck with you Mead,Iam useing your recipe to make my own Mead.🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺👏👏👏👏👏👏

  34. SB Schuppel Post author

    How do I know which Mead calculator is safe, correct….etc or not? Awesome humor….thanks!

  35. Nic Post author

    >Followed instructions
    >Cat is on fire
    >Mead isn't cheeki breeki
    >Needs more vodka

  36. repr26 Post author

    The prop hand wasn't that funny and took wayyyyy to long to get past. Almost stopped watching at that point.

  37. Super Wukongo Post author

    I wonder if Vilod still makes mead with Juniper Berries mixed in.

  38. Andy's and Peters Food Experiments Post author

    LOL. On our channel we brew with baking yeast and we got mead up to 18%. With the beer content we did it got up to 5-6.5% for baking yeast. Using baking yeast tastes the best in our opinion.

  39. Jonathan Swensen Post author

    watch this in .5 playback speed when dude starts to use the "tasting stick" (11:20) – good entertainment! Dude using the tasting stick sounds like a drunk lolololol

  40. batslap Post author

    When you say "consume in moderation" are you referring to drinking mead or watching Modern Rogue?

  41. Zilyanna Post author

    Also that honey never going off is no joke We found 60 yr old honey in my grandads shed once

  42. Kenny Noble Post author

    I've had good luck with buying 3 quarts of apple juice, pouring in a little rapid rise bread yeast, shaking it up, keeping the caps open just enough to vent under pressure, and letting it sit either on a radiator or upstairs without AC depending on the season. It's cheap and seems to have around 10% ABV if I had to guess. Not bad.

  43. Impending Doom Post author

    I’ve only had mead once and I can’t remember the company’s name, tasted like ass and I had to chug it so it wouldn’t have been a waste of money. The bottle looked badass and I have it somewhere, had some Nordic writing and shit on it and came in a purple bottle.

  44. Ash Catchem Post author

    This one feels like it's going to slow me down.
    Yeah that you mead to sip it.

  45. jbenvenga Post author

    I've never heard of you guys but this came up in my recommendations. Y'all are hilarious

  46. Error_Profile_Not_Found _ Post author

    Wonder what it would look like with black water

  47. Vlk Robin Hood Post author

    You should explain processionals without these two Yahoos!!!! They are annoying.

  48. MythicGR66 Post author

    Wow i just randomly looked for a Vid about making mead and the one i find stars you guys from the old and LEOG

  49. Aj Brown Post author

    The synchronization on the “really” at the beginning is awesome

  50. Alex Colvin Post author

    It's odd that Anthony said he didn't know much about fancy wine-making equipment, because the equipment he's using (aside from the stirrer,) is the same equipment I use to make my Blackberry wine every winter. And aged until mid-summer. The differences between it and his mead is that with my wine the first (primary) fermentation is aerobic ( a cheesecloth over the fermenter vat) ; and the second is anaerobic (where the carboy and stopper is used after racking) but same equipment. This winter, after I get the wine bottled, going to make some mead. Great vid!

  51. AAron Espinoza Post author

    Is it just me or does anyone else notice the OUIGA BOARD in the background next to the 3 RED CANDLES, starting at 1:12? 😵🤐😷🤒🤕

  52. TypicallyUnique Post author

    ✅It's easy to make
    ✅It tastes delicious
    ✅ It f***s you up

    What's not to like about it.

  53. Nathan Hunt Post author

    I know you can make pear cider (perry), buy would pear mead be good?

  54. Drawn Post author

    My mate brought me fancy local mead for my chrissie present, and I REALLLY liked it, esp the elderflower one. So I'm gonna make my own, and luckily I have a brewing store nearby. Really looking forward to it. I think I might also try the sarsparela one if I can get hold of it.

  55. u3962521 Post author

    Shut the fuck up trying to be funny (at the start) and make the video. Jesus Christ… This is 3 dungeons and dragons kids as full size adults.

  56. Immortal Post author

    Are these the typical type of Americans? As a European from England I find them terribly annoying, overly excitable and the types of characters you'd see in the horrible film 'Clueless'

  57. john robinson Post author

    could be condensed to 30 seconds max (waste of data allowance)

  58. general zod Post author

    10:07 Good grief. Why not just spit into the bottle of honey.

  59. Shannon Ericksen Post author

    Grow the fuck up! Really, you guys are embarrassing yourselves. The guy is trying to make his brew and you two bumbling idiots seem to be getting on his nerves.


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