(Adjusts Viking helmet)
I have absolutely no experience homebrewing, and really don't drink much at all, but thought I'd try my hand at a batch of redneck mead and see what happens.
My recipe is based on the Joe's Ancient Orange recipe that is all over the innernets. I don't have a carboy or an airlock, so I went the redneck way of rinsing out two 2-litre plastic Tonic Water bottles, and I'm trying the EZ-Caps that Amazon sells.
2 pounds Clover Honey
1 pound Wildflower Honey
1 small can drained mandarin orange segments
1 small can drained grapefruit segments
2 whole cloves
some ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
2 half-teaspoons of Safale S-04 dry ale yeast
handful of raisins
I dissolved my honey in a couple of cups of tap water over medium heat, and ground a bit of nutmeg into the mixture. Then I split the mixture more or less evenly between my two Tonic Water bottles. While the honey was cooling in the bottles, I added the orange segments to one bottle, the grapefruit segments to the other (I'm experimenting, after all). I broke my cinnamon stick more or less in half and put a piece in each bottle, plus a clove and about 15-20 raisins. I then filled the bottles to about 90% full with tap water, and shook the bejeezus out of each bottle.
After the bottles were basically at room temp, I put half a teaspoon of S-04 yeast in each bottle, swirled each bottle a bit, and capped with my EZ Caps. Bottles are sitting in my basement in a dark stairwell right now, probably around 72-74 degrees Fahrenheit down there. My plan is to check the bottles every once in a while to see if more water needs added, but otherwise let em sit for a couple of months and see what happens. I have no idea whether this recipe will make anything drinkable or not, but we shall see.
I'm sure a serious homebrewer would laugh at this recipe, but what the heck. I have about fifty bucks invested, and that includes the EZ Caps (which are supposedly re-usable) plus several different yeasts to play with. If I get undrinkable toxic sludge, I may try some grape juice wine or hard cider or something.