I'm in but need advice
A friend of mine made his own mead and it came out great but he didn't like the taste. I'm now the recipient of some of his equipment so I'm going to give mead making a try. Although I've made wine in the distant past I've never made mead so I have questions. I want to make a small first batch since I was given a 3 gallon glass carboy. Here goes:
1) I have a 5+ gallon fermenting pail that I used for winemaking along with new airlocks since my old ones were toast. I assume that will be fine even with a small batch or should I buy a smaller fermenting pail?
2) I was given Lalvin D-47 yeast. It was the type he used in his mead which I liked (it was a sweet mead which is what I'm shooting for). I'd rather use what he gave me but am open to other suggestions.
3) I have new nutrient, "energizer", campden tablets and cleaning solution...all of which he gave me with the carboy and yeast. I already have a couple hydrometers and tubing to rack with along with a bottle brush, corker, etc.
4) For now, is there any other urgent item(s) needed?
5) I have a bunch of crystallized honey from a deadout this past spring and I'd like to use that. Any concern about using crystallized honey?
6) I see LOT'S of recipes. Any thoughts? Some people add fruit or raisins, etc. I just want to get one batch under my belt first.
Thanks in advance.....I appreciate all the help!
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