I have also made a honey based (naturally fermented) soda off of this recipe, which was lovely as well.
Black Lagoon Hydromel
12 dried juniper berries
10 fresh bay leaves (cracked)
3 (small) sprigs of fresh rosemary
1.25-1.5 pounds honey
I made a tisane with herbs by boiling for about 10 minutes then letting it steep for about an hour and a quarter. At the beginning it was a nice, pale green, after steeping it was a beautiful cranberry red, and when I added the honey it turned grey—which is a shame, I would have rather that it stayed red.
Water to 1 gallon.
Pitched ½ tsp Nottingham brewers yeast.
6-25-12; OG is 1.039
6-27-12; SG is 1.042—what the heck? Taste is good however, and the colour is now tan.
7-3-12; SG is 1.028. Taste is good, very light in flavour, and the colour is almost a pale straw.
7-7-12; SG is 1.022.
7-15-12; SG is 1.008 (ABV should be about 4.3%) and has been racked into the secondary. Flavour is light, interesting and rather different. It should be interesting to see peoples individual reactions when they try it. Added 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
7-28-12; Bottled. Taste is refreshing and slightly tart.
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