Ancient Fire Mead & Cider’s Leaping Off The Ledge clone

Ancient Fire Mead & Cider’s Leaping Off The Ledge clone

(5.25–5.5 gallons/20–21 L, keg carbonated)
OG = 1.058 FG = 0.997 FG = 1.010 (after backsweetening)
ABV = 7%

8 lbs. (3.6 kg) orange blossom honey
Water to 5 gallons (19 L)
10 g SafAle US-05 yeast
7.5 g Fermaid-K
2.5 g di-ammonium phosphate (DAP)
1.67 g potassium metabisulfite
4 g potassium sorbate
1.75 oz. (50 g) Citra® hops
3 lemons, peeled and juiced
12 oz. lemon juice
2 lbs. (0.9 kg) orange blossom honey (for backsweetening)
3 quarts (3 L) water

Step by step
Mix the initial honey and water (some hot, the rest cold) to 5 gallons (19 L). Re-hydrate and pitch the yeast. Degas and feed nutrients at 24 and 48 hours. Ferment dry and stabilize with sorbate and metabisulfite. Rack off sediment. Add lemon peels, lemon juice, hops, and honey (diluted with water) a few days before packaging. Rack off peels and hops when transferring to keg or bottles.

Issue: November 2020