This mead is a fantastic summer short mead. While it is very good straight out of primary, a few months of age really brings the honey sweetness back. I was going for an easy recipe that didn’t require finding fresh fruit (of course, you could use fresh fruit). Since I plan to drink this around the pool, I wanted a nice counter point to give a nice cooling effect to the mead. Szechuan peppercorns have a wonderful cooling effect if done in small doses (large doses cause a numbing effect!). In addition, strawberries and szechuan berries go very well together.

Strawberry Szechuan Short BOMM

Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 59 mins
Cuisine BOMM, Mead Recipes, Weirdomel
Servings 1 gallon

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds orange blossom honey
  • 1.2 ounces Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon Red Szechuan peppercorns
  • 0.5 teaspoon Tellicherry Black Peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon Fermaid O 10 grams
  • 1/8 teaspoon Potassium Carbonate
  • 1 tsp pectinase Optional: Cold crashing will work eventually.
  • 3/4 gallon Ozarka spring water NOT distilled water
  • 1 pack Wyeast 1388 Activate for 1-2 hours
  • 12 drops Cooper's Carbonation drops Add 3 drops per liter at bottling

Instructions
 

  • 1. Add 2 lbs Orange Blossom honey (SG 1.08) to a sanitized carboy.
  • 2. Add the following spices: 1.2 oz Freeze Dried Strawberries, 1 tsp Red Szechuan berries, and 1/2 tsp Tellicherry Black Peppercorns
  • 3. Add 1 TBSP (~10 grams) of Fermaid O.
  • 4. Add 1/8 tsp potassium carbonate and 1 tsp pectinase.
  • 5. Fill halfway with water, cap the jug, and shake until honey is completely dissolved.
  • 6. Fill 1/2 cup shy of 1 gallon with water.
  • 7. A an activated smack pack of Wyeast 1388 and airlock.
  • 8. Ferment until 1.000.
  • 9. Cold crash by sticking in the refrigerator as soon as it hits 1.000.
  • 10. Once clear, bottle with carbonation tabs. Allow 2-4 weeks to carbonate. Protip: Carbonates faster in a warm environment such as a laundry room or on top of the fridge.