Recipe below for Orange Blossom Session Mead by Steve Fletty, two-time Meadmaker of the Year (2007 & 2017). Reprinted with his permission. See and hear more from Fletty in Chop & Brew – Episode 62. Also see this presentation for additional advice on Making Mead the Easy Way by fellow master meadmaker Steve Piatz.
Orange Blossom Session Mead
- 6 lbs orange blossom honey
- 4 gallons water
- Lalvin 71B-1122 Narbonne yeast
- yeast nutrient
Blend honey and water. Add nutrients. Rehydrate yeast in Go-Ferm, then pitch. The 71B will take this to dry.
Rack to secondary. Add potassium sorbate (follow instructions on label). Sorbate will prevent re-fermentation.
After a day, add 3 lbs of the same honey to get the gravity up to ~1.024. Fine with Super Kleer, rack to keg and force carbonate