Well, if we are gonna do this thing I guess we better get started! First, here is the gear you might need:Equipment:
Most homebrewers have the necessary equipment to make mead. For those who will need to buy the equipment, here is a list of what you might need. Homebrew supply shops sell these items, but check around the house first -- you probably already have some of this stuff. Brewkettle
(if you plan to heat the water and/or must)
Use an enamel-coated or stainless-steel pot that holds at least 3 gallons Primary Fermenter
A food-grade container, usually a white plastic bucket with a lid that holds at least 6 gallons will do. Secondary Fermenter
This can be another plastic bucket or, better still, a glass carboy. Depending on the size batch you plan to make, this carboy can be 3, 5, or 6.5 gallon capacity.Siphon Hose
This is usually clear, food-grade plastic tubing. You will need about 6 feet. This is for transferring your beer or must from one container to another. Racking Cane
This is a stiff piece of plastic tubing about 2 feet long, often with a curve at one end. It connects to your siphon hose and is used when transferring your beer or must from one container to another. It makes siphoning easy and efficient. Large Funnel
If you don’t want to fuss with siphoning the liquid from the primary to secondary fermenters you can simply pour using this funnel.Long-Handled Spoon
This can be plastic or stainless steel, or even wood I suppose. Just make sure it is sturdy. You probably already have one that will work. It's for stirring, of course.Fermentation Lock
It's also called an airlock and it keeps your beer or must from being exposed to outside air while letting carbon dioxide escape from your fermenter. It should fit in a hole in the lid of your primary fermenter (or in the opening of the carboy).Bottling Bucket
(you won’t need to bottle your mead for almost a year, so you won’t need these bottling related items immediately.)
This should hold at least 5 gallons. It can be the same type of container as your primary fermenter. Bottles
These should be made of brown glass. Don't use the twist-off variety. You'll need about 50 12-ounce bottles or the same volume in whatever size bottles you use. Bottle Capper *
Numerous styles of this device are available, any one will work for capping your bottles of homebrew. Bottle Caps
These must be new. You'll need about 50. Bottle Filler
This is a clever device that will really speed up your bottling process.
*If you plan to bottle your mead in wine bottles with corks, then you will need a corker and corks instead of the capper and caps.
I'll put together a basic recipe and post for your approval.
Edited by Okbrewer, 25 August 2004 - 08:20 AM.