Margarita Mead

From the BrewBlog of Bruce Buerger – Waukesha, Wisconsin USA
Printed January 16, 2018

Style: Other Fruit Melomel
Brew Date: November 6, 2011
Yield: 5 gallons
Bitterness (Calc): 0 IBU (Tinseth)
Batch No: 1
OG: 1.150
Target OG: 1.150
Status: Primary
BJCP Style Info: Other Fruit Melomel
Bitterness: N/A
Color: N/A
Info: In well-made examples of the style, the fruit is both distinctive and well-incorporated into the honey-sweet-acid-tannin-alcohol balance of the mead. Different types of fruit can result in widely different characteristics; allow for a variation in the final product.

Commercial Examples: White Winter Blueberry, Raspberry and Strawberry Melomels, Redstone Black Raspberry and Sunshine Nectars, Bees Brothers Raspberry Mead, Intermiel Honey Wine and Raspberries, Honey Wine and Blueberries, and Honey Wine and Blackcurrants, Long Island Meadery Blueberry Mead, Mountain Meadows Cranberry and Cherry Meads.

General Information
Method: Other
8.00 pounds Honey - Wildflower  
12.00 pounds Blue Agave Nectar  
1 tsp Nutriferm Energy  
3/4 tsp Nutriferm Advance  
Name: Lalvin
Manufacturer: Lallemand - Lalvin
Product ID: 71B-1122
Type: Wine
Flocculation: High
Attenuation: 75%
Temperature Range: 59–86°F
Amount: 5 gr
Water Profile

Hygeia Springs, Big Bend, WI

Calicum: 87 ppm
Bicarbonate: 362 ppm
Sulfate: 16 ppm
Chloride: 106 ppm
Sodium: 56 ppm
Magnesium: 41 ppm
PH: 7.5%

A spring which flows from a source 2,200 feet below the earth’s surface near Big Bend, WI.  Click Here For Google Map


Diluted 8 lbs of honey and 12 lbs of blue agave extract into a pail with 2.5 gallons of water.  Mixed thoroughly with 3/4 tsp of Nutriferm Advance and added pure oxygen for 15 seconds.  Re-hydrated yeast with 1 tsp of Nutriferm Energy.

Special Procedures

Staggered Nutrient Additions of Nutriferm Advance:

  • 0.75 tsp initially
  • 0.75 tsp after 24 hours
  • 0.75 tsp after 48 hours
  • Final 0.75 tsp after 30% drop from O.G.
Primary: 28 days @ 72° F
Margarita Mead
Date Brewed:  
Brew Day Data
  Target Actual
Boil Time:  
Original Gravity: 1.150 / 34.1° P  
Brew Day Notes

Printed using BrewBlogger 2.3.2 Personal Edition, brewing log software for PHP and MySQL, available at