3-29-2016 – Tonight we’re tickled to have Bray, the creator of Bray’s One Month Mead (BOMM) on GotMead Live.
I asked Bray to give me some ‘backstory’ on his creation, and his answer was classic: “Mead is crazy good, but takes too long. I’m going to have to science the shit out of this to speed it up!”
And so he did. He created a recipe that produces a really good good mead in just 24 days, and his recipe has gone viral, and looks to surpass even Joe’s Ancient Orange as the most popular mead recipe on the internet.
The show is going to be casual, we’re having Bray on and going to talk mead making, his background and experiences making mead, and what he learned and found that worked and didn’t.
I’m going to let AJ do most of the talking while I run the back end, so I can make sure to let everyone who wants to comment get their bit in.
Join us at 9PM ET for the episode!
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Remove 1/2 cup water to compensate for smack pack volume.
Draw line on jug at this water level.
Remove an additional 3.2 cups of water from jug (757 ml).
Add Orange Blossom honey (or your favorite varietal honey) back to line. -About 2.5 lbs. (SG ~1.099)
Add 1/4 tsp DAP and 1/2 tsp of Fermaid K.
-Add these again at 1/3 (1.066) & 2/3 (1.033) sugar break.
-These are nutrients you can get at homebrew shops or Amazon. Diammonium phosphate (DAP) is a free nitrogen source. Fermaid K contains vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients. Honey is very deficient in nutrients so you need both to prevent fusel production.
Add 1/4 tsp K2CO3. One time addition.
-Potassium carbonate (K2CO3) is preferred due to high K+ levels, but potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) will work fine. This is for pH buffering and to provide K+ for the yeast.
Shake with the top on until honey is fully dissolved. It will require some effort! You're earning your mead!
Add activated Wyeast 1388 yeast smacked for about 2 hours.
-No water in airlock for 7 days or the gravity falls below 1.033. Whichever comes first, add water or vodka to airlock. Ferments dry in 7-14 days.
NOTE: Wyeast 1388 temperature range is best in the 68-74 F range. Some people have reported issues with going above 74ºF, other people say it's fine. I try to keep my fermentations at 68ºF.
Post Fermentation (Optional!)
-Add 1 whole vanilla bean, 3 cubes American Medium toast and 2 cubes French Medium toast oak for 2-4 weeks to taste.
-You can also step feed small additions of honey until the yeast give up to sweeten. Just be sure your gravity is stable over several weeks to avoid bottle bombs! SG of up to 1.12 will still ferment dry, but the SNAs need to go in at 1.08 & 1.04 in this case.
-I've also had good luck racking on 3-5 pounds of frozen berries to make a melomel, but fruit in very prone to oxidation. Use good practices!
-This recipe can be adapted to cysers, pyments, braggots, metheglins or anything else. It's your mead. Experiment!
BOMM Gravity and Nutrient Update
After much research, I've established some guidelines for Wyeast 1388 to make mead making easier/faster (read "I got sick of step feeding").
It seems Wyeast 1388 alcohol tolerance in mead is 15.7-16% ABV. Using this knowledge, I've been adding more and more honey upfront to see if the yeast would remain clean. I'm very happy to say that it does. Below is a chart of starting gravities and where Wyeast 1388 will stop. Keep in mind it's alway plus or minus a few points. On rare occasions, the yeast can put on their super suits and go to 18% ABV. I've only heard of one case of this in 4 years though.
Original Gravity -> Finish Gravity
1.120 or less -> 1.000
1.130 -> 1.010
1.140 -> 1.020
1.150. -> 1.030
If you add more honey upfront, you need to adjust your nutrient timing. Since 1388 eats through 120 points, it's always subtraction of 40 points per addition. See chart below:
Vicky Rowe has been active as a promoter and supporter of the mead industry since the mid-90's with Gotmead.com, and is totally serious about seeing the mead industry take its rightful place as a popular craft beverage on the world recreational drinking stage.
She is also an experienced marketing coach and consultant who has recently decided to focus her marketing expertise exclusively on the craft beverage market to help meaderies, cideries, breweries and distilleries expand their business and get more customers while doing what they love.