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Friday, June 22, 2012

Mjöd - Mead in English

   Tomorrow I'm gonna make 8 liters more of Mjöd (Finnish sima).

This is the recipe:

8 Liters of good water(1.8 UK gal)
Bring the water to a steady boil and heat it up

1/2 kg white sugar (1.1 UK lbs)

1/2 kg Fair trade cane sugar (1.1 UK lbs)

3 large Lemons,
Wash them first in warm water.
Then use a potato peeler to remove the outer yellow rind of the lemons in strips, placing these in a large glass or plastic (non-metal and heat-proof) container (10 L = 2.2 UK gal ). Peel or trim off the bitter inner white rind of the lemons and discard. Slice the lemons and place in container with the brown and white sugar.
Once the water boils, pour it into the container with the lemons and sugar. Mix it by using a big spoon. Let cool to lukewarm

1/4 teaspoon of fresh yeast (zest)
(Don't put more when it can make the bottles explode later on!!!)
You take a little bit of the lukewarm water into a small cup and dissolve the yeast in it.
Then you poor it into the container with the lukewarm liquid and mix.

It's very important that the water is lukewarm! If it's too hot or too cold the process don't start and you don't get a good drink!

If you like you now can put a bottle off  beer (room temperature) into the container too. Some people do other don't.

Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours (or max. up to 48 hours).

Wash the bottles (glass bottles are the best but you can also use coca cola plastic bottles) and strain the liquid into them after you have added 5-6 raisins and 1 tsp. sugar to each bottle. Seal tightly and keep in room temperature for 1-2 day or till the raisins float up to the surface.
Keep refrigerated for 3-7 days.
The best is to wait for about a week, but you can have a taste before if you like.
Serve cool.

Please, don't make the bottles totally filled when this can cause an explosion. Fill them as much as they normally are filled when you by a coca cola in the shop.
Please, remember to open the bottles carefully when they've got a lot of gas inside!
What ever you do don't shake them!!! Good Luck and Enjoy!



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