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Joe's Ancient Orange Mead!

Mason Jar Size: 64 oz.
  • 1 ¾ lbs Clover Honey (you can try different honey varieties for different flavors!)
  • ½ Large orange (later cut in 1/8ths or smaller; rind and all) 
  • ½ small handful of raisins (13 if you count) 
  • ½ stick of cinnamon 
  • ½ whole clove (or 1 if you like - these are very strong!) 
  • Optional (a ½ pinch of nutmeg and allspice)
  • ½ teaspoon of Fleishmann’s bread yeast (you can find this in your grocery store) 
  • Balance water to ½ gallon
    1. Dissolve honey in some warm water and pour into your mason jar
    2. Wash orange well and add orange
    3. Put in raisins, clove, cinnamon stick, and fill to 3 inches from the top with cold water.
    4. Gently shake your jar to aerate your honey water
    5. When at room temperature in your kitchen, put in ½ teaspoon of bread yeast.
    6. Install your Go Ferment kit. It will start working immediately or in an hour. After major foaming stops in a few days add some water and then keep your hands off of it. Try not to shake it after this point.
    7. After 1-2 months, it will be complete and the mead will be relatively clear! Then you can put a hose in with a small cloth filter on the end into the clear part and siphon off the golden nectar. If you wait long enough even the oranges will sink to the bottom but I never waited that long. If it is clear it is ready!

We hope you enjoy your Mead!  Make sure to tag #GoFerment on any pictures you share on Instagram and post them on our FaceBook page.  We LOVE seeing your ferments in the making!  If you have any specific recipes you are interested just let us know!  We will keep the recipes coming :)

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  • John Vigliotti on

    On one of your recipes, you have 17.5 lbs of honey for a one-gallon batch and on another, there are 15 lbs of honey to make 5-6 gallons, which is correct?

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    You said this is “ancient”. Do you have any documentation of this recipe? I am a medieval recreator and am always looking for period recipes to add to my research.
    Thank you!

  • Shawn on

    What do you mean by “Balance Water” to one half gallon.
    Does it mean add water to bring the total liquid to one half gallon?


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