Tuesday, September 2, 2008
how we spent our wedding day:
got up, to nerveous for breakfast, went for a walk
apointment at the registry office and said "yes" :)
lighted a candle in the cathedral
had breakfast in our favorite bistro
went home, celebrated some love, just the two of us :)
spent hours with brewing mead (for our wedding party in november)
more celebration of love :)
believe it or not, but we just had pizza for dinner, yummie !
went out for cocktails
we are planning a big wedding-party for all our friends and family in november.
and we thought a good idea would be to serve mead.
we took it literally: real wedding-mead has to be made on the wedding-day.
so we spent most parts of the day with brewing 180 litre of the honey-wine for the party.
what you need:
three barrels a 60 litre and 30 kg honey
we got the honey from a friend of us.
he is bee-keeper by heart. he loves his bees and looks for good quality instead of mass-production.
you also need yeast.
we used three different kinds: bordeaux-, portwine- and beer-yeast.
its important to pre-ferment the yeast in applejuice for 2-3 days to give it a good start.
put 60 litre boiled water into each barrel and let the water cool down to 40-45° C
hang teabags with hop into the water and let it stand for 5-10 minutes
then add 10 kg of honey to each barrel and stir carefully until everything is well mixed
finally take away the foam with a skimmer or a little strainer, add the yeast and close the barrels with the special fermenting-stopper. keep the barrels in a warm place !
and now they have three months time to ferment...
thanks to the bees and their hard work collecting soooooooo much honey for us !