What is Mead?
Mead is a honey wine made by fermenting honey and yeast. It has a soft delicate taste, and can also be brewed with fruit. The alcoholic content of mead wine varies.
Need Some Mead?
If you are having a problem buying mead online, it’s probably because you live in a state that brewers don’t ship to. There is a simple solution, as you can easily make your own. Mead making is a very simple process. One of the most important decisions you will make is which type of yeast to use. Dry yeast is better for beginners, as it is easier to work with than liquid yeast.
Types of Mead Yeast
Lavlin K1-V1116 is shortened to just Lavlin K1V. This dry yeast goes well with fruit flavors especially grape and nectarine. A 5 gram packet will yield 5 gallons of wine, and the alcohol tolerance is 18%. This yeast is good to restart the fermentation process if it stops. It is recommended for white wines and aged red wines. Lavlin K1V is currently for sale at $0.65 per 5 grams.
Lavlin RC 212
Lavlin RC 212 is dry yeast with an alcohol tolerance of 12%-14%. Its characteristics are producing berry, fruit, and spicy flavors. A 5 gram packet will yield 5 gallons of wine. This yeast will restart the fermentation process. It is recommended for new and aged red wines. Lavlin RC 212 is $0.65 per 5 grams
Red Star Pasteur Champagne Yeast
Champagne Yeast is an all purpose dry yeast. This yeast is good for full bodied wines and sake, and it will restart the fermentation process. It also produces very intense colors. Red Star Champagne yeast is available for $0.40 per 5 grams, with a yield of 5 to 6 gallons for each 5 gram packet.
WLP720 Sweet Mead Yeast
WLP720 Sweet Mead Yeast is liquid yeast with a fruity flavor. Its alcohol tolerance is up to 15%, this yeast is a good choice for sweet mead, ciders, and blush wines. The cost is $6.99 per bottle.
WLP735 French White Yeast
WLP735 French White is liquid yeast that has a slow fermentation process. This yeast is best for white wines, and it adds a creamy texture and has an alcohol tolerance of 16%. The cost is $6.99 per bottle.
Where to Buy Yeast
These yeasts are available at FermentationTrap.com, an excellent source for home brewers. Dry yeast orders will usually ship within 2-3 days, and liquid yeast within 2 weeks. Liquid yeast ships with ice packs.