I have made my own wine for years, as of late I have been trying some new recipes. Two that I have tried this year have really turned out well, neighbors and friends come by often to bring an empty bottle and pick up a full one.
This recipe is my own and will yield about 5 gallons
1 five gallon brewing vat
1 gallon of fresh honey
5 lbs of sugar
1 pk of yeast
12 oz of lemon juice
4-g gallons of water
Place 1 gallon of honey in boiling pot. fill boiling pot half full of water, add your 5 lbs of sugar and 12oz of lemon juice bring to boil. Stir till honey and sugar are dissolved in water. pour mix into brewing vat add water till about 4 inches from top. You will need room for expansion when yeast activates. (Trust me I filled mine to full one time, came home from work one and dang did I have a mess)
Once you have your vat filled check the temp to make sure it is warm enough to activate the yeast. spread yeast over the top of the mixture, place lid on top of brewing vat and seal. Make sure that your one way valve is filled with water this will allow you to see if the yeast is working. Place in dry area and let set for 7-10 days. Checking daily.
I filter my wines and meads three times before I bottle and seal. If done correctly this mead will turn out very pretty almost to pretty to drink. It is a clear golden color with a wonderful taste and about 10-12% kick to it. Excellent over the rocks or crushed ice.
Also if you do not have a brewing vat and one way valve, you can make one. Any 5 gallon plastic bucket with a sealing lid will work.
A one way valve can be made from a clear small flexible hose, 1 to 2 feet in length and any diam...not over a half inch. Drill hole in bucket lid the size of hose insert one end of the hose about an inch into the lid. The other end of the hose can be place in a pan of water or I like to use a 2ltr. soda bottle filled with water. once the yeast is activated you will see bubbles coming from the tubing into the soda bottle. This keeps air from making your wine bitter.