It’s the easy way to wash your jar without rinsing the last bit of honey down the drain. Don’t be sad that you’re honey is almost gone, the line is when the second round of fun begins. Wikipedia knows more about mead than I do, read up here. In the book Wild Fermentation, there’s a great recipe for making simple mead and a few variations.
The basic idea is to mix 1 part honey with 4 parts water, cover it loosely (to let the gas out and keep bugs from getting in), and let it sit until it’s bubbly (3 days to 2 weeks). Trust your nose, if it smells sweet and delicious, you likely have good mead. If it smells bad, maybe it didn’t work. I don’t get very scientific about it–strength, time, temperature, and batch size are different every time. Experiment.
Mead line: when you have about that much honey left, fill the bottle up with clean water, shake, and screw the cap on loosely, and let it work for a couple days. When it’s bubbly, smells good, and tastes like honey with a kick, enjoy your new beverage. Now what should you do with the empty bottle? Come talk to me.
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