Honey Ale 5 - Saturday, June 12, 2004
Recipe Source The Compleat Anachronist #120, Summer 2003.  Making Medieval Mead or, Mead Before Digby.  Page 34 recipes from Scandinavia and Poland 1555.  Olaus Magnus, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus.  Polish or Lithuanian Mead [mead with hops].
A synopsis of the recipe.  Take a quantity of honey in the proportion of ten pounds of honey to five gallons of water, dependent on the strength required.  Boil and skim.  Separately boil hops, up to one pound dependent upon the amount made.  Following boiling mix the two liquids together and let them stand.
5.5 lb honey
1 oz fuggles hops
1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
1 tsp Irish moss
Yeast sludge from honey ale 4 (originally Danstar Nottingham Ale yeast)
The honey was put to boil with 1 gallons of water and 1/3rd  of the fuggles hops, this mixture was boiled for 45 minutes, after which time a further 1/3rd  of the hops were added as well as 1 tsp of Irish moss.  After another 15 minutes the remaining 1/3rd of the hops was added, the heat was turned off and the hops were strained off and the wort transferred to a clean pan and allowed to cool.  This liquor was then added to 2 gallons of cold water in a pre-sanitized 3 gallon carboy to which had been added 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient.  The temperature of the brew was tested and found to be 85 degrees, the specific gravity was tested and the temperature corrected original gravity was found to be 1050.
The lees (yeast) from the previous brew was added to this brew, an airlock was affixed and the carboy was moved into a cupboard to start fermentation.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Brew has cleared, 1 cup honey boiled with 1 cup water and added to brew.  Bottled and allowed to mature at room temperature for a week before moving to the basement.
Note: this brew was used for champagne toasts at the wedding reception, it required careful handling as it was very overcarbonated.