Cranberry Mead


Charlie Mops wannabe
Staff member
Source: John (The Coyote) Wyllie (
Mead Lover's Digest #243, 9 December 1993

Ingredients (2 gallons):

1 gal Oceanspray cranberry juice. (good jug too!)
5 lb vernal honey (clover-alphalpha...)
Palmful raisins, chopped
1 tsp yeast nutrient
1/2 tsp acid blend
Champagne yeas.


Heat the honey with some water (1:1 is fine) Pasteurize or boil. I
campden treated the juice. Shouldn't really need it though. Add the
rest of the goods, divide the juice between two gallon jugs. Divide
honey mixture. Pitch yeast, bring up to a full gallon. (10/17/92)

I fermented one in a closet upstairs (60's) and one in the basement at
lower 50's. They both fermented forever. In January I transfered to a
secondary- 1.010. Added 2 cups/gallon dissolved corn sugar to top it
up. The upstairs one was bottled 1/31. It was and is still cloudy.
The downstairs one was bottled 7/5. It was clearer, sweet and strong.
It did finally clear. and was significantly better than the first.