sweet mead. straight, no chaser.


It's sweet.  It's smooth.  It's really, really strong.

no ginger or orange zest or anything added to this...just primary fermentation with a "malt forward" type yeast, then the classic D47 to bat cleanup.

Like all meads, stupid easy to make...95% of mead making has to be yeast selection and temperature control during fermentation.


  • 15# Honey
  • water to 6g total
  • 1 sachet S04
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast nutrient when sealed
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast nutrient after 1 week
  • 1 sachet D47 after 1 week

og 1.088
fg 1.010 (but it tastes a lot sweeter than that)

and it's very, very smooth...you don't notice how easy it is to sip down.  the handy abv calculator says 10%...but, uh....experience says that can't possibly be acurate.


A nice brew.  Zythos pellets are a proprietary blend from Hop Union.  To me they taste kind of like a mix of cascade and simcoe...but what do I know?

Good beer: try it yourself!

 Mash @ 154

  • 4 # 6 row
  • 4 # munich
  • 2 # acidulated
  • 1 # munich 60L
  • 1 # aromatic
  • .5 # wheat


  • 1.0 oz Zythos - first wort
  • 1.0 oz Zythos - flameout
  • 3 T Black Peppercorns - flameout

Cool and pitch 1 sachet hydrated SafAle S-04

OG 1.056
FG 1.014

This was a nice beer.  Great flavor, nice mouth feel.

The pellets came saying 10.9% aa..the amounts above had just right bitterness.

I'll make this again, albeit with a simpler mash bill.

Watermelon Wine

There's an excellent reason you never see watermelon wine at your local carry out.

It's because it's nasty.

I don't know why...it seems like it ought to be great.

But it's not.

3 gallons watermelon juice
1 sachet D47

og 1.034 (truly, i thought it'd be higher...)
fg 0.980

but really.  it tastes bad.  not infection bad.  not "oh, just a little of this to fix it bad"....just bad bad.

It's almost like the whole thing tastes like the white part of the rind, like any taste from the red part of the melon just vanished.

So I won't be trying this one again.

Dandelion Wine

If I'd only known!

Started this back in May, just now tasting.

simmer for 1 hour:
  • 1 large pot of dandelion heads
  • 2 gallons water
  • 2 oranges, juice
  • 5 pounds of sugar 

Cool, strain and pitch a sachet each of S04 and S05. Add water to make 3 gallons total.

Dry hop with the zest of those same two oranges.

og 1.084
fg 0.900

yeah...you heard me....checked with multiple hydrometers.

Anyway, as you can imagine, it's hot hot hot tasting...needs to age to take some of the alcohol heat off.

Tastes pretty good...but there's a slight green taste.  When we do it next spring, even though it's a lot more work, i think we'll pull the green root of the heads off the yellow petal parts.

I think next time we'll use honey instead of sugar...I just didn't want to go to the expense of honey until we'd tried it once to see if it was worth doing.

And I think, next spring, we'll try some different yeasts, as well.

But definitely worth doing.