Want to learn how to make mead like a Viking? Well, there really are varying degrees to how far you will go in regard to how much you can actually go. Really, it’s easy once it all comes down to it. When it comes to meat, there are a couple things that need to be known and respected.
Firstly, wild mead must be made from a meadow. Not a meadow where grass and wild flowers grow; not even a meadow where wild herbs grow and meadows are located. A meadow, or plain old meadow, is one steeped in grass and wild flowers. This type of mead is not meant to be consumed; it is meant to be made into an alcoholic drink. If you are serious about trying to make this drink, then you will need to obtain your yeast from a source other than a meadow.
To make a good strong fermentation, you will want to use a mix of fruits, spices, and aged honey. This mix can be anything you choose; you should however know that fruits and spices will significantly increase the alcohol’s production and older honey gives off a stronger taste. Once you have your ingredients, you need to start the fermentation process. Add all the ingredients to a large pan with a lid, allowing them to mix together and simmer for approximately three hours. Once you have completely fermented the mixture, remove the pan and set aside.
Next, take a small piece of raw honey, pour it into a pot with one cup of water. Heat this pot to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit and place the honey in the middle of this pan. Stir constantly as this will create a deep foam that will help with the mead’s fermenting. After about five minutes, turn off the stove and gently boil the honey. Allow the honey to cool before you bottle it and store in a container.
Now that you have your meal, you need to add the right amount of yeast to it. Add one tablespoon of natural yeast to each quart of liquid. Stir this mixture until the yeast dissolves. When the yeast dissolved, add one cup of this honey mixture and cover the bottle with a clean plastic bag. This process should yield a honey that has had about three to five days to ferment.
Next, you will want to strain the mead into a clean vessel. Line the opening of the container with cheesecloth or an old wash cloth. Placing a straw through the opening will allow air to enter the bottle. Strain the contents into another clean vessel and re-tie the cheesecloth. Repeat this step for each of the four bottles you will make.
The next step is to find a good wine bottle so you can make another batch of this drink. Place the four free-standing bottles on a clean table or countertop. You will now need to make a stir stick made of wood. Place the stir stick into the honey mixture and allow it to sit for an hour.
Finally, allow the mixture to sit for another one day. This will allow the yeast to properly begin fermenting. Stir this mixture every day for about seven days and you will be amazed at how quickly and delicious this drink becomes. Learning how to make mead like a Viking will impress your friends and teach you the history of this ancient culture.
The mixtures you create from these fermentation methods will taste better if made with commercial yeast strains. Commercial yeast strains are specially designed to give these home brewer’s the perfect blend of sweetness and aroma. In addition, commercial yeast strains are gentler on the stomach than some of the natural alternatives available. For these reasons, many commercial yeast brands are readily available at most grocery stores. You can also find commercial yeast strains online.
If you are looking for a good way to get back in touch with the taste of the ancient Vikings, learning how to make mead with wild yeast may be exactly what you are looking for. Creating this highly alcoholic beverage is possible and it does not require a lot of work. If you are able to locate a fermentation vessel with a larger opening than eight ounces, you will have even more control over the fermenting process. fermenting mixtures with smaller openings generally have poor flavor.
The traditional ingredients necessary to make mead can be collected from the very sources where Vikings first made the drink. Although there are commercial ingredients available in many stores today, it may be best to gather your own ingredients, which may include honey, wood and oak pieces, grapes, honeycomb fibres, silks, and filtered water. Once you know how to make mead like a Viking, you will want to impress your friends. It is an extremely easy drink to make, but it can also be a great activity to share with friends and family. When you hold a reception or your first anniversary, it will truly be an experience to enjoy for many years to come.