Saturday, July 31, 2010

Batch 6-002: Cream Soda Mead

Today I finally got around to brewing a new batch of mead. I was inspired after Nancy and I were at the local grocery store and she confided that she loves Frostie Blue Cream Soda which happened to be on the shelf. I thought, "Hey! I could make a mead like that!"

The real question is whether or not to add blue food coloring. I have never used anything like this in any of my meads. Does anyone out there have experience using food color in mead? I have heard of green dye used for St. Patrick's Day but I have never sampled any. In any event, here is the recipe:



  • 15 lbs Clover Honey
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 5 tsp Yeast Nutrient
  • 1 pkt K1V-1116
  • Water to 5 gal
  • OG: 1.120


  • Cream Soda Extract
  • 1 Vanilla Bean
  • Blue Food Coloring?

-Safari Bob

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Racking Fun with 6-001

Today I racked 6-001 into a glass carboy. I lost quite a bit of the must due to the strawberry puree but I took a reading (SG: .994; ABV: 18.1%). The mead tastes bitter with distinct lemon and strawberry flavors. I may add another 3 lbs of honey and see what happens. I did add 2 vanilla beans to the secondary.

-Safari Bob